January 2018 News

AD reports record breaking member in 2017
Members sell $37.3 billion and see growth across all categories.

Distribution One introduces Mobile CRM
Mobile CRM delivers on-demand customer sales data on any Apple and Android mobile device.

Dorner appoints new director of customer service and inside sales
Ben McGruder joins Dorner from B/E Aerospace Lighting & Integrated Systems.

NCCER releases revised heavy highway program
Program includes new modules on highway, bridge construction and safety.

Exclusive: Arc flash labeling guidelines get update
New for 2018: NFPA 70E adds Hierarchy of Controls.

Intercorp earns Miami-Dade Product Control Notice of Acceptance for Strongcon fasteners
Notice certifies that Strongcon fasteners meet Miami-Dade building code requirements.

Softwood lumber prices hit record highs
Tariffs help hike imported lumber prices 30 percent since Hurricane Harvey.

Delaney Hardware acquires Bravura Brass
Expanding product portfolio now includes forged solid brass door hardware.

New residential sales slide 9.3 percent in December
But new home sales grew 8.3 percent in 2017 over 2016. 

Topcon kicks off 2018 Technology Roadshow
End-user training tour will make multi-day stops across North America.

ACI launches all-access subscription to ACI University webinars and courses 
American Concrete Institute offers new 12-month subscription option. 

PCA chief economist offers sneak peek at annual forecast
Portland Cement Association's Ed Sullivan says U.S. economy, tax reform and infrastructure are key drivers of construction demand in 2018.

Point of Rental grows in U.S., U.K. and Australia
Growth and new staff result in office expansions.

Sheila Schalk joins PIP’s sales executive team
Schalk becomes PIP's Director, Programmed Sales after a 12-year career with Grainger.

Exclusive: 75 percent of your people will never be able to do this — negotiate
Here are 12 qualities to look for in new hires to help them bridge the gap.

Revco is acquired by Bunzl
Glove and safety garment manufacturer joins Bunzl family of brands. 

U.S. housing starts slide 8.2 percent in December
Starts slide and permits coast but completions climb for month. 

ConstructConnect acquires Quote Software
Acquisition adds preconstruction mechanical and plumbing software to ConstructConnect portfolio.

Immigrants held record share of U.S. construction jobs in 2016
U.S. residents shut out by the recession have not returned to the industry. 

Rockford Systems adds OSHA-authorized safety courses
New courses include 10- and 30-hour general industry safety and hazard communication training.

California bullet train project hits more speed bumps
Cost climbs by $2.8 billion for the first phase alone, total cost now tops $67 billion.

Merit Saw announces new catalog
New 82-page catalog covers Merit's full line of saws and cutting accessories. 

Sphere One names Rob Moe president
Carol Shackelford will retire at the end of 2018.

Exclusive: Reducing fleet ownership costs
Technology allows fleet owners to identify preventable costs.

Victor Technology brings Tacwise to U.S. and Canada
UK-based Tacwise manufactures stapling tools and fasteners. 

Builders’ Show draws large, enthusiastic crowd
2018 Show attracts 60,000 attendees. 

Bon Tool turns 60
From one tool, Bon's line has grown to more than 6,000 tools today.

iQ Power Tools names new VP of sales
Jim Mackall has worked with US LBM Holdings, Steeler, BlueLinx and Hitachi.

Multifamily housing production reaches an even keel
Supply is expected to meet demand in 2018 and 2019.

Dodge Momentum Index ends 2017 on high note
Growth trend suggests that construction activity will continue to grow in 2018.

Earnest Machine celebrates 70th anniversary
Company looks to “What’s Next” to grow and attract new generations to the industry. 

E-Z Drill VP Stevens retires
Stevens has been with E-Z Drill for more than 28 years.

Seahorse Knight added to 10th Anniversary Commemorative Chess Set
Complete instructions, tool list and design files are available at no charge.

Meltblown Technologies adds two rep firms
Aspen Marketing and Tucker-Weitzel will now represent MBT products. 

Jeff Durgin leaves Bartell Global
Diamond and concrete industry expert announces no new plans as of yet.

2016 was a deadlier year than 2015
Fatal occupational injuries rose 7 percent in 2016.

HD Supply to acquire A.H. Harris Construction Supplies
Harris will add 50-plus branches to the HD Supply family.

Exclusive: How 4 ego-driven deeds are destroying your organization
How leadership ego may be killing your company and what you can do about it.

Simpson Strong-Tie brings the complete package to IBS
Company will showcase BIM, deck planning software and new structural connectors and Fasteners at 2018 International Builders’ Show.

Distribution One expands training with D1 University
Live on-site workshop and training webinar program begins January 9.

U.S. total construction spending rises 0.8 percent in November 2017
For the first 11 month of 2017, total spending rose 4.2 percent compared to the same period in 2016.

Fairway Architectural Railing Solutions hires general manager
Robert Broad will support strong growth in company’s design build channel.

Maze Nails celebrates 170 years in business
All Maze Nails are still 100% Made in the USA in Peru, Illinois.