July 2011 News

Keson Donates Marking Chalk for U.S. Service Members in Afghanistan
Tool manufacturer makes its mark with U.S. troops that work to uncover and eliminate deadly IEDs.

U.S. GDP climbs 1.3 percent in Q2
Federal consumption rises 2.2%; residential fixed investment climbs 3.8%.

RSC Opens Regional Office in Indianapolis
Kelly Williams tapped to serve as region vice president.

Rural Areas Lose Residents in Record Numbers
National migration to urban areas will continue, further eroding small towns.

Fastenal expands into metalworking
Over the past year, Fastenal has invested aggressively to establish itself as a major national supplier to the metalworking industry.

Milwaukee turns up the heat
Milwaukee wows the trade press with a blaze of suitably red-hot new tools.

Topcon Total Stations Chosen for Europe's Largest Construction Project
105 MS05AX units to be used in London tunneling project.

New Residential Sales Dip in June
Sales of new single family homes slide from May but rise slightly over June 2010.

False Hope for Housing as Foreclosures Decline
Residential market recovery could drag out until 2016.

Powers Fasteners Adds to Sales Team
Powers Fasteners has added new sales people to their force in two key markets, Denver, Colorado and Columbus, Ohio.

Intercorp Makes a Statement with New Packaging
Metallic logos and color-coded boxes add shelf appeal.

Little Giant Launches Fiberglass Line
National television campaign to drive traffic to stores.

RSC Acquires Independent Aerial Equipment
Purchase expands RSC presence in Northeastern U.S.

Housing starts jump 14.6 percent in June
Single family housing starts surge 9.4 percent.

Koelnmesse Taps Hamma for COO Slot
Will lead operations for world's fifth largest trade show venue, site of the International Hardware Fair in 2012.

Sonnhalter Partners with Habitat for Humanity for Second Annual Sonnhalter Tool Drive
First event collected more than $16,000 in tools and materials for Cleveland Habitat projects.

Multiquip EarthSmart  Light Tower Shines at Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch
Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell powered light tower can be run indoors or out.

MovinCool Announces Summer Cool-Off Rebate Offer
Rebate offers $300 off CM25 and CMW30 ceiling-mount spot air conditioners.

Logistics Adds Western Regional Sales Manager
Ed Miner to drive safety and industrial sales programs in California and the West.

It's 2017, where did all the kids go?
Declining youth populations signals a new split in America.

Korpershoek to Lead Topcon Global Marketing
Hirayama named new managing director of Topcon Europe.

Little Giant Launches Select Step Video Campaign
YouTube video campaign promotes the Select Step Ladder System.

Propex Names New Commercial Director for European Concrete Systems Divison
Philippe Combier has been with Propex for over 12 years.

Pferd Christens New Facility
Ribbon cutting of 100,000-sf facility draws local and international dignitaries.

Fastenal sales up 22.9%
Fastenal reported that its second quarter sales rose 22.9% to $701.7 million, compared to $571.1 million in the same period last year.

Industrial Supply named Rayovac Outstanding Distributor
Salt Lake City-based distributor takes Q2 2011 award.

Irwin Sells BernzOmatic to Worthington Industries
Worthington adds brand to its Pressure Cylinders division.

Construction Jobs Slump Again in June
Downturn in public work offsets private sector gains.

Parker updates PAGE International Hose Website
New site features easier navigation, information library and latest product listings.

Harrington Hoists Announces New Board Members
Carlo A. Lonardi and Scott D. Miller join Harrington Board.

Epicor Introduces Enhanced Service and Maintenance Module for Distributors
Service dispatch enhances Prophet 21 ERP system.

Conney Safety acquires Mettam Safety Supply
Conney Safety Products announced that it has completed the purchase of Mettam Safety Supply Company of Danville, Ill.

RSC Opens New Branches in Portland and Fort McMurray
Branches serve metro Portland, OR and Alberta, Canada.

Ergodyne Partners with OutDry
Patented lamination process creates perfectly sealed, waterproof gloves.

CSDA Survey Finds Concrete Cutting and Drilling Market on Upswing
Nearly 50 percent of sawing and drilling contractors report increased productivity over last year.

Intercorp Dallas Branch Moves Into Larger Distribution Warehouse
Move increases Dallas branch inventory capacity.

Manufacturer Shipments, Inventories and Orders Advance in May
Durable goods new orders climb 2.1 percent; transportation equipment surges 6.3 percent. 

Big Iron Expands Services With Focus Auctions And Entry Into Two New Territories
Extends services into Minnesota and Illinois; hires new district managers.

Wacker Neuson Announces 2nd Technical Academy Class
Commercial/Industrial Concrete Flatwork Finisher Prep Course to be held September 12-13, 2011.

TrynEx International Moves to New Plant
Manufacturer of SweepEx moves into 130,000-square-foot facility in Madison Heights, Michigan.

U.S. Construction Still Soft in May
Private and public construction projects dip 1 to 2 percent from April.

Evergreen Elects New Board of Directors and Supplier Advisory Council
Craig LaRue, California Service Tool, named Chairman; Andy Jordan, Total Tool Supply named President.