January 2019 News

Custom Equipment appoints Terry Dolan President & CEO

Dolan brings Custom Equipment nearly 30 years of experience in the rental, construction and equipment industries. 

55+ housing market ends Q4 on strong note

Builders in the 55+ market report continued strong demand nationwide. 

New home sales climb 16.9 percent in November

Average sales price was $362,400.

Dynamic Systems introduces Advanced Checkmate Mobile

New app uses barcodes to manage inventory and upload information to any accounting system.

Dynapac partners with Syncron to maximize machine uptime

Leading compaction and paving equipment provider enhances customer experience through best-in-class fill rates.

Wright Tool names two new RSMs

Adam Sloat steps up to Northeast/Midwestern RSM; Will Bazela joins Wright as Southestern RSM.

Scott Bardreau joins Midland Metal Mfg as Chief Sales Officer

Bardreau joins Midland from Matco-Norca.

OSHA issues final rule on injury and illness reporting requirements

Ruling becomes effective Feb. 25, 2019.

Ritchie Bros. to auction 11,500+ items in six-day Orlando event

20+ acres added for additional equipment merchandising for this year's February Orlando auction.

ExxonMobil to begin construction on Beaumont refinery expansion

Expected to start up in 2022, the expansion will increase the refinery's capacity by 250,000 barrels per day. 

Construction jobs grew in 273 out of 358 metros in 2018

Demand was strong but labor shortages prevented greater gains.

Dodge: New construction starts in December decline 10 percent

Annual total for 2018 edges up 0.3 percent to $789 billion.

ELFA announces top 10 equipment acquisition trends for 2019

ELFA forecasts generally positive economy and solid capital investment with building headwinds and moderated growth by year end.

Hypertherm expands Spark Something Great grant program

Program expands to 12 North American schools.

New LEED v4 requirements for student housing shift environmental responsibility to end-users

New guidelines emphasize four major areas of change.

ASV names 2018 Dealer Award winners

Regional Tractor Sales of Ontario is named 2018 Dealer of the Year.

Andy Multerer becomes CEO and President of MBW

Bert Multerer is named MBW's new COO.

MAX USA promotes James Sullivan to Sr. Midwest Sales Executive

Sullivan has been with MAX for four years. 

Kirk Henningsen retires from Mid Continent Nail

Jason Kennedy and Bruce Kennedy will replace Henningsen as channel managers. 

Kryton launches Krystol T1 smart concrete solution at WOC

Surface-applied concrete waterproofing product simplifies and speeds construction.

Weiler Abrasives raises over $68,000 for United Way

Funding will support community programs in Monroe County, Pa.

PTI announces afforts to augment durability of post-tensioned bridges and other structures

Post-Tensioning Institute issues updated Specifications and Certification programs announced in response to feedback from the bridge industry.

Optronics unveils new website and 2019 vehicle lighting catalog

Website and catalog have been designed to enhance user experience and make products easier to identify, specify and order.

Rockler partners with American Association of Woodturners

Rockler stores to host turning and learning sessions on February 9th.

Western Specialty Contractors offers free parking garage inspection checklist

Visual guide and checklist helps identify damage and hazards in parking structures for repair and maintenance programs. 

Topcon upgrades MAGNET Collage Web

Web-based service allows users to import BIM models, CAD and GIS data.

Existing Home Sales Down Sharply in December

Sales for month hit lowest level since November 2015.

2019 State of the Woodworking Industry survey now available

Wide-ranging report includes tools, equipment and brand implications.

California public sector spending to bolster construction industry

Major water and infrastructure projects are set to come online this year. 

IFS introduces IFS Field Service Management 6

Cloud field service solution includes a new user experience, additional planning and scheduling capabilities and more.

Vortex Companies promotes Ryan Graham to VP of sales

Graham will assume sales and marketing responsibilities for Vortex trenchless infrastructure repair services.

Lower interest rates stabilize builder confidence

The recent half-point drop in rates is predicted to bouy the housing market going into 2019.

Steve McClatchy: Make your New Year's goals stick!

Don't let another year go by without progress, growth and improvement.

Klein Tools “State of the Industry”: Popularity of Sustainable Energy Jobs Continues to Rise 

Electricians increasingly prefer to work on challenging systems and new technology applications in the alternative energy sector.

Lincoln Electric appoints Geoffrey Allman senior VP, Strategy & Business Development

Allman has been with Lincoln since 1997.

MBW president Frank Multerer retires

Andy Multerer steps up to CEO/President; Bert Multerer becomes COO.

Dodge Momentum Index moves lower in December

Index falls 4.9 percent for month, due to a 7.6 percent drop in commercial buildings.

Contractors Helping Contractors event moves to January 11 and 12

Relief event for contractor victims of the California Camp Fire has already raised more than $500,000 worth of tools.

Rob Moe is named Sphere 1 President & CEO 

Moe takes mantle as Carol Shackelford retires.

Amazon will soon offer to deliver packages to your garage

Amazon has a new way to prevent thieves from stealing packages.

Exclusive: CEP looks at the 2019 lighting market

The latest products consume less power, provide better light and help clean up cord-strewn work-sites. 

Point of Rental launches EPIC vision

Company's new mission brings core values front and center. 

Makinex teams up with Stephenson’s-Lowe’s Rentals

Makinex Jackhammer Trolley & Tile Smasher Head combo are featured in 23 stores now with more to come.

Boon Edam announces 2019 technical training program

Ambitious training schedule supports resellers in installing and maintaining security turnstiles and revolving doors.

LA-CO Industries names new president

Steven R. Smith joins LA-CO from JBT Corp.

Apex Tool & Fasteners joins SouthernCarlson

Apex has stores in Ft. Myers, Hudson and Orlando, Florida. 

Nine best practices renting out equipment

Rental operators — or those exploring equipment rental — should pay heed to these nine tips.

Salaries are rising in the construction industry

Average annual salaries range from $47,700 to $92,500.

NAHB: What the Fed rate hike means for housing

With affordability at a 10-year-low, experts predict lower rate increases next year.

Aqua-Hot appoints new supply chain manager

Erin Cable was previous supply chain manager for Outlast Technologies.

AGC sponsors Warrior Canine Connection facility renovation

Renovated historic dairy barn in Boyds, Maryland will be new national healing quarters. 

Simpson Strong-Tie lists its top products of 2018

Innovators and award winners highlight a banner year for new connectors, adhesives and decking products.

California homebuilders face big backlogs in 2019

In the aftermath of the Carr and Paradise fires, construction workers are in high demand and short supply.

Servitization: Manufacturing's new thrust for 2019

Syncron white paper predicts a push into servitization strategies this year.