January 2024 News

Suncor Stainless Hires Sam Pegram as Regional Account Sales Rep
Suncore also promotes Janelle Veiga to East Region Sales Manager.

FleetWatcher Introduces Small Tools and Attachment Tracking Functionality
App is ideal for concrete saws, trench boxes, jackhammers, chain saws, attachments, buckets, hammers, zippers and other non-powered assets.

New Year New Deals from MAX USA Corp.
Winter promotion features MAX's cutting-edge SuperFinisher® product line at discounted rates.

World of Concrete Hosts Nearly 60,000 Construction Professionals for Semi-Centennial Anniversary 
Over 1,400 companies fill 700,000 square feet of exhibit space and grounds. 

ABC: 2024 Construction Workforce Shortage Tops Half a Million
The construction industry will need to attract an estimated 501,000 additional workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2024 to meet the demand for labor.

NIBCO Promotes Lisa Lyon to Webstone General Manager
Lyon has been named as a co-inventor on multiple Webstone patents and founded the brand’s Customer Council in 2018.

MSA Safety Named One of America's Best-Managed Companies of 2023 by The Wall Street Journal
MSA Safety is named one of America's 250 best-managed companies.

ALLPRO Corporation adds PaintLine to its B2B Buying Co-op
PaintLine products are now more accessible to over 2,000 independent stores.

EISENWARENMESSE Ramps Up for International Hardware Fair in Cologne
The International Hardware Fair Cologne 2024 with showcase trends and innovations in the hardware industry.

DEWALT Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation
Year-long celebration will include continuing support for educational organizations, new products and partnerships.

KNIPEX Tools Named Official Partner of SkillsUSA
Joins over 850 companies supporting the skilled trades and career readiness.

ABC: Less Than 10% of the Construction Workforce Belongs to a Union in 29 States
Nationally, an all-time high 89.3% of construction workers are not part of a union.

Dodge: Construction Starts Grow 20% in December
Year-end surge prevails against high rates and limited credit accessibility.

Simpson Strong-Tie Scholarship Applications Now Open
Program helps winning students pay for educations in civil/structural engineering, architecture and construction management/technology.

Threadline Products Opens New Charlotte Headquarters
New 27,635 square-foot facility boosts manufacturing capacity and facilitiates Atlantic Bolt integration.

RIDGID Gives First Look at Latest Underground Technology Solutions at WWETT
Attendees are invited to stop by the RIDGID booth, Jan. 25-27, to try out the latest FlexShaft®, drain cleaning, diagnostic, pipe rehab and pressing products. 

DEWALT Unveils Groundbreaking Equipment System: POWERSHIFT
POWERSHIFT is an electrified line of heavy-duty tools to optimize concrete jobsites.

STAFDA Publishes Excellence in Distribution Program Agenda
Program is set for March 12-14 at the Nashville Hilton.

Kano Laboratories Acquires Synco Chemical Corporation
Food-grade products complement Kano’s leading Kroil brand.

Exclusive: Non-standard Lifts are Hazardous Too Often
More work is needed to ensure that non-standard lifts are carried out safely, according to a leading expert.

Mecalac Adds Three Dealers to Expanding North American Network
New dealers serve Tennessee, Long Island and New York City,  Kansas and Missouri.

Mayhew Tools Appoints Brian Reznick Sr. Director of Sales
Reznick joins Mayhew from Applied Industrial Technologies.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Announces Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2024
Soft landing is predicted for economy; downward pressure on interest rates will ease borrowing costs.

Viega Receives ASME B31 Board Approval for ProPress and MegaPress
ProPress ball valves are also now rated at 300 psi for potable and hydronic water applications.

LED2WORK Opens US Office in Chicago
German industrial LED lighting manufacturer opens warehouse and distribution center.

Building Tomorrow Today: MAX USA at World of Concrete 2024
MAX USA will have two booths at the show, one indoors and one outdoors.

Air Systems Names Dan Huber Regional Manager – West
Lisa Hobbs is named Purchasing Manager; Laura Myers becomes Purchasing Assistant / Expeditor.

Doran Manufacturing Partners with Financial Partners Group to Offer Tire Monitoring Financing for Fleets
Doran provides tire monitoring systems for over-the-road vehicles, agricultural equipment, off-road & earth-moving equipment, school buses, first responders and more.

Brigade Electronics to Discuss the Importance of High-quality Safety Solutions at World of Concrete
Presentation is set for 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 25.

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches Higher in December, Contractor Confidence Improves
Backlog increases to 8.6 months in December.

NetPlus Alliance Announces New Hire, Organizational Changes
Growth drives staff promotions; Scott Hanson joins NetPlus as Business Development Director. 

Newsweek Ranks Acme Tools Top Online Tool Store for 2024
America's Best Online Shops 2024 rankings based on multiple criteria and online survey.

Simpson Strong-Tie Issues 2024-2025 Wood Construction Connectors Catalog
372-page catalog includes specification details and installation instructions for wood-to-wood, wood-to-masonry and wood-to-concrete structural connectors and more.

Wright Offers Counter Displays for Newest Adjustable Wrenches
Wright Tool is offering the displays with or without product. 

AD Electrical U.S. Division Welcomes Two New Board Members
Luis Valls is Co-CEO and President of Turtle; Lura McBride is President & CEO of Van Meter Inc.

Air Systems International Releases 2024 Master Catalog
New catalog is available in print and digital forms.

Bessemer Investors’ Legacy Restoration Partners with Southern Roofing and Renovations
Exterior restoration and remodeling services join forces.

Gemtex Abrasives Seeks Rep Agencies for Selected Territories
Gemtex Abrasives Seeks Reps for New England, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. 

PrimeSource Brands CEO Tom Koos Named City of Hope Spirit of Life Honoree
The honor recognizes dedication to philanthropy and humanitarian accomplishments.

Makinex Celebrates 20 Years with Win a Trip to Australia Competition at WOC
Makinex will launch the competition at the popular World of Concrete (WOC) 2024 conference to be held in Las Vegas, USA, from 22 to 25 January.

Bosch Rexroth and Modine Partner on Thermal Management for Electrified Off-Highway Machinery
Collaboration and innovation drive the transition to electric industrial vehicles as two transportation industry leaders advance the state of the art together.

NIBCO Announces Promotions of Stanley and Smith to Vice Presidents 
Allen Stanley has been promoted to vice president, fittings manufacturing and distribution, and Rudy Smith to vice president, valve manufacturing. 

NetPlus Alliance Launches Digital Content Hub, Giving Distributors Seamless Access to Product Data
Distributors can now access best-in-class product content from thousands of manufacturers.

ODL Inc. Promotes Dave Klein to President and CEO
ODL manufactures fiberglass and steel entry doors, decorative and clear doorglass; enclosed blinds; doorglass frames and related products.

Construction Job Openings in November Rise to Highest Level Since 2022
Industry job openings increased by 43,000 last month and are up by 111,000 from the same time last year.

Werner Celebrates Award-Winning Year in 2023 for Company and Product Innovation
Industry-leading products help people work safely and productively.

Streamlight Names Evan Dalldorf Regional Sales Manager
Dalldorf will lead company's Industrial/Fire division in the Midwest region.

Report: NetPlus Alliance Distributor Members Remain Optimistic for 2024
Nearly 83% of respndents plan to sell more to existing customers; 56% plan to invest in operational improvements to increase productivity.

MBT Partners with PMG Safety
PMG rep agency will expand MeltBlown Technologies' presence in the Midwest, Southwest and Mountain states.

ABC: Nonresidential Construction Spending Dips 0.1% in November
Private nonresidential spending increased 0.2%, while public nonresidential construction spending fell 0.6% in November.

Bobcat Showcases New Worksite Solutions at World of Concrete 2024
New products include the E40 compact excavator and the L95, Bobcat's most powerful compact wheel loader. 

Expert Advice: Two Objectives Distributors Should Focus on for 2024
Mike Marks shares two objectives that distributors need to pursue for greater success this year. 

Construction Spending Ticks up 0.4% in November
Through November, year-over-year construction spending trends 6.2% over 2022.

Exclusive: How Saving for Retirement Will Be Different in 2024
The SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 is effective now.

IMARK Group appoints William Ward as Executive Vice President
Ward joins IMARK from the Evergreen Supply Network. MOBILE and Nokia Announce Partnership
5G ATEX-smartphone IS540.x of MOBILE is part of Nokia’s new offer: Industrial 5G devices as ‘a service’, bundled with Nokia applications.

OSHA to Switch from Traditional Hard Hats to Safety Helmets to Protect Agency Employees from Head Injuries Better
Modern safety helmets have better design, materials and features that help protect workers' entire heads better.

Weiler Abrasives Appoints New CFO
Mary Beth Martino joins Weiler from Henkels and McCoy.

AD and The Edge Group to Merge
The Edge Group, a distributor-owned buying and marketing group, is based in Houston.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Survey of Economic Activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index
November new business volume flat year-over-year, down 19% month-to-month, and up 4.1% year-to-date.

NIBCO Promotes Chris Mason to Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
Mason has been with NIBCO since 1994.

Single-family Home Sales Slide 12.2% in November
Average sales price runs $488,900.