January 2020 News

Exclusive: Creating a safer, more productive lit environment for construction workers
Working with a lighting expert can help to optimize vehicle hazard, ground, scene, and surface lighting.

AD member-owners elect 2020 board of directors 
David White is AD’s newest director; Tim Arenberg and John Wiborg are re-elected.

Industrial Supply Company promotes executives
Utah’s oldest industrial supplier promotes key members of Its leadership team.

Lind Equipment to show All-in-One Beacon LED Tower Light at World of Concrete
New tower provides all the functionality of three separate lighting assets in a single package.

F.W. Webb Company completes acquisition of Collins Pipe & Supply Co. Pennsylvania Location
Collins is a wholesale distributor of engineered specialties, pipe, valves and fittings. 

Eastern Site Supply names Lovett VP of Sales
Patrick (PJ) Lovett brings more than a decade of sales experience to ESS.

Weiler Abrasives partners with Pacesetter Sales & Associate
New partnership expands Weiler Abrasives’ representation throughout Eastern Canada.

Milwaukee Tool announces new expansion plans
Company will break ground in April on $26 million plant near Brookfield, Wisconsin campus.

Jescraft opens new Connecticut manufacturing facility
New plant in Oxford, CT signals strong growth.

Phillips Screw Company announces senior leadership changes
Hurley assumes Chairman role, Filion steps into CEO position.

Engcon contributes to a world's first CAT excavator
Engcon is an important part of the world’s first Cat 330 fitted with a dozer blade.

NAHB predicts remodeling market growth through 2021
Association predicts market will grow 1.2 percent in 2021.

Evergreen CEO announces 2022 retirement plans
Succession steering committee is appointed to lead transition.

U.S. housing starts grow 3.2 percent in 2019
For December, privately-owned housing starts increased 16.9 percent as single-family starts grew 11.2 percent. 

Peter Bigwood joins Mecalac
Industry veteran will grow Mecalac's North and South American business. 

Rental Hosting announces new leadership
Yell is new CEO; Farci is named Director of Technology.

United Rentals names JCB Supplier of the Year
JCB North America supplies United Rentals with telescopic handlers, straight-mast forklifts and other construction equipment.

Graycor names new CFO
Monique Ruiz brings Graycor more than 20 years of corporate leadership experience.

Evergreen announces 2020 workshop schedule
One-day workshops will be offered for independent and factory-direct sales reps.

Simpson Strong-Tie introduces expanded 2020 catalog of connectors for cold-formed steel construction
Catalog includes detailed features and benefits, building graphics with product callouts, installation sequence visuals and notes, associated tools and products.

Mark Howenstine Joins Grabber as Product Category Manager
Howenstine brings Grabber extensive product management experience.

BHMA announces winter planning and technical meetings in Tampa, FL
Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association hosts committee meetings to review open standards.

Survey: Which contractor jobs are the hardest?
Contractors and consumers ranked 32 different types of contractor work.

Laclede Chain announces restructuring
Laclede Chain Manufacturing Co. recently restructured its sales division to better meet the needs of specialized customers in general industry, rigging and marine, traction, and OEM sectors.

CRSI releases updated rebar placing and inspection guides
Updated editions of Placing Reinforcing Bars and Field Inspection of Reinforcing Bars now available.

Intercorp releases new Strong-Point and Strongcon catalog
Seventh edition features more than 50 new fastening products. 

Voltec Power & Lighting promotes Matt DeSantis to VP of Sales
Voltec also announces hiring of Blaine Ballard as Eastern RSM.

Emerson promotes Pipe and Electrical Solutions Group leaders
Justin King named VP of engineering; Rob Trefz is VP of marketing.

AGC offers podcast on natural disasters and construction
Podcast discusses how natural disasters affect construction including pre-loss planning and lessons learned in mitigating losses.

ORS Nasco and MEDCO name new president/CEO
Kevin Short has been named president and CEO of ORS Nasco and MEDCO.

The Living In Place Institute announces Viega USA as its first Preferred Industry Partner
Recognizing brands committed to creating accessible, comfortable, safe and beautiful homes.

Dodge Momentum Index moves higher in December
Institutional construction planning gained 2.3%, while commercial rose 0.9%.

Foundation Building Materials acquires Associated Drywall Suppliers
Associated supplies builders in the greater Louisville, Kentucky market. 

Mill Steel Framing launches new website and submittal tool
Mill Steel brands include ProStud and ProTRAK drywall studs, connectors and accessories and USG Shaft Wall Systems.

Exclusive: The impact of the MixCoat system
BASF finds the Sulzer MixCoat System is a flexible rapid cure solution.

Optronics acquires USA Harness
Becomes industry’s newest integrated full-line lighting and harness supplier.

Viking announces class action settlement
Suit applied to certain mainly residential Viking VK457 fire sprinklers.

Encore Wire announces merger of SMTM and McCreary Sales
SMTM employees will transition to McCreary Sales as part of the merger.

LIFT Safety partners with CSDA
New partnership will go live at World of Concrete.

Exclusive: Why consultative selling may fail and how to make it work
Today's customers are looking for sales consultants, partners, guides, leaders and friends.

Viega announces winter training schedule
Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire.

Pure Safety Group recalls Guardian Leading Edge SRLs with stainless steel or web lifelines
Limited part numbers affected, immediate replacements available.

U.S. construction spending ticks up 0.6 percent in November
Residential and highway construction lead the field with 1.9 and 2.2 percent growth for the  month.

Exclusive: How construction businesses can leapfrog industry giants with integrated BIM
Building Information Modeling can help adroit contractors and suppliers outperform larger competitors who rely on older, less integrated ERP systems. 

Channellock announces third annual Trade School Trade-up competition
Event offers cash prizes, tools and a classroom makeover.

MSC CFO to resign
Rustom Jilla will step down and Greg Clark will become interim CFO.

SPX acquires Patterson-Kelley
Acquisition enhances new HVAC product development capabilities.

MSG Sphere Las Vegas on track for 2021 opening
New 17,500-seat entertainment venue is expected to cost $1.2 to $1.7 billion.

Rocket Mortgage releases 2020 housing market predictions
Mortgage provider looks at projected interest rates, housing availability and new home trends for the year ahead.