July 2014 News

QA1 Mourns Loss of Founder James Jordan
Company founder and chairman passed away July 30, 2014.

Magnum Issues New Footwear Catalog
Online catalog showcases newest lines for construction and utility workers.

Residential Starts Slide in June
Single-family starts drop 9.0 percent, but permits rise 2.6 percent for month.

HD Names Decker VP of Merchandising
Ted Decker moves up to Executive Vice President – Merchandising.

U.S. Real GDP Grew at 4.0 Percent in Q2
Nonresidential structure investment increased 5.3 percent; residential grew 7.5.

Sunex Tools Partners with Net Plus Alliance
Becomes platinum level supplier for buying group.

Pferd Introduces Custom Plastic Package for Thin Cut-Off Wheels
New spindle packaging protects wheels for transit and storage.

NIOSH Issues Heat Safety Advisory
Offers tips for preventing heat-related illness.

Weather Guard Launches New Website
Site features enhanced navigation, comprehensive product filtering and product comparisons.

Report: U.S. Construction Starts Could Hit $700 Billion by 2018
Residential, tower and energy projects are expected to be main drivers.

DOT Chiefs Push for More Road Funding
Current and former U.S. transportation secretaries unite to urge congress to pass long-term funding legislation.

Rockler Celebrates 60 Years of Woodworking
Calls on woodworkers to share their best stories and projects.

Appleton Group Names Robertson NAM
Michael Robertson joins Appleton from Cooper Crouse-Hinds.

Kito Americas Acquires Peerless Industrial Group
Peerless joins Harrington Hoists in Kito family.

Apple Campus 2 Permits Show $25M tunnel, $171M underground theater
New campus, anchored by spaceship-shaped building, will cost well in excess of $3 Billion.

F & F Industrial Celebrates 32 Years
Fastener and tool house serves metro New York City.

JCB’s 2014 Mud Run and Dig the Ride Raises Over $100,000
Events benefit The Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development in Savannah.

Strong Man Becomes Strong Man Safety Products
New name reflects company's core focus on safety.

Affinity Tool Works Launches New Website
New site offers a searchable portal for all Affinity branded products.

Former ORS President Joins Stellar Industrial Supply
Larry Davis will become equity partner and executive VP, chief commercial officer on Sept. 8.

California Builders Prepare for Title 24 Changes
Continuous insulation is required on exterior walls beginning this month.

Honda Sponsors Quarter Midgets of America Youth Racing
Honda generators, engines and performance development contribute to program.

Greenlee makes Engineering and Product Management Appointments
Jeff Smith named director of engineering; Josh Jacobs becomes director of product management.

New Inventory Management for Seminar Distributors
Seminar is set for November 6-7, 2014 in Chicago.

Report: America's Rural Roads are Dangerous
New report shows America's rural roads have significant deficiencies and high fatality rates.

IPG Wins Merchandising Award
Iron Grip floor display wins in NRHA design competition.

Senco Screws Earn ICC-ES Evaluation Report
24 self-piercing, self-drilling tapping screws meet the 2009 and 2012 IBC and IRC codes.

AEMP and ARA Announce Partnership
Associations will share training programs, information and research.

Legacy Names New Product Development Director
Marco Laubach joins as director of product development.

Construction Ticks Up, But So Do Costs
U.S. construction costs rose 1.15% in Q1.

White House to Focus on Transportation Funding This Week
Congress will consider funding options for the Highway Trust Fund.

Fastenal 2Q sales up 12.1 percent
Company closed 8 stores in 2Q and plans to close 45 more in second half of 2014.

NetPlus Alliance Introduces Training Initiative
Launches “Take Time to Train” campaign.

Bosch Introduces E-Repair Service
Connects customers online with Bosch service network.

Viega Wins PPI 2013 Project of the Year Award
Wins for Sun Valley ski resort project.

New Holland Construction Launches New Website
Site features magazine-style layout, easy navigation and interaction tools.

Dorner Appoints Chris Elley RSM
Will manage mid-central United States.

Fed DOT Goes to Slow-Pay Status
With Highway Trust Fund dropping into a no-funds pothole, states are put on alert.

Radians Adds Warehouse Automation
Automated pick system will enable higher levels of customer service.

Johnson Level Launches New Website
New site features advanced product search capability and streamlined look and navigation.

Interstate Electric Supply Launches New Website
Visitors will find improved navigation, more products, training calendars and services.

Hiring Booms in June as Economy Speeds Up
U.S. gains 288,000 jobs in June; Construction adds 6,000.

Reed Issues New Full-line Catalog
Includes multiple pages of new and recently improved products, enhanced descriptions and new product ship dates.

PrimeSource Begins Partnership with Susan G. Komen with a $50,000 Minimum Donation
Grip-Rite Grip-Cap plastic cap nails to turn pink for October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Crosby Group Unveils New Website
Site features improved product search, 3D CAD drawings and a career center.

Cliff Kelly To Retire from Stoneway Electric
Industry stalwart to leave company after 38 years of service.

Appleton Issues Cable Tray Guide
Using cable trays instead of conduit: A look at the advantages.

Reed Forecast: More Spending For 2014 and 2015
Predicts construction spending will grow 9.3% in 2014 and 11.2% in 2015.

ICS Names Jeff Shermo NSM
Shermo will manage U.S. distribution, Internet and rental sales network.

Evergreen Elects New Board of Directors and Supplier Advisory Council
Michael Mantis is named 2014-15 board chairman; Keith Ripley is new advisory chairman.

Construction Spending Advances — Barely — in May
May runs flat, but YTD construction outpaces 2013 by 8.2 percent. Adds New FP Value Line
Adds more than 100 varieties of wedge anchors and concrete screws.