July 2015 News

DeWALT expands initiative to make products in the USA
Leading toolmaker expands production in the US, creating jobs and increasing domestic manufacturing.

NetPlus Alliance purchases up 14% in Q1
Group adds 19 distributor members so far this year.

U.S. construction spending trends above $1 trillion in May
Highway work runs 2.1 percent above April rate; private construction ticks up 0.9 percent for month.

Sphere 1 welcomes Rob Moe as vice president
Moe brings three decades of industry experience to Sphere 1.

Arrow Fastener: Manufacturing is alive and well in New Jersey
Arrow VP of finance speaks at CFO Innovation Conference and Awards event.

Bosch 6.0 Ah 18V Lithium-ion battery hits market today
BAT622 keeps small footprint while extending runtime by up to 45 percent.

E-Z Drill expands manufacturing plant to streamline production, increase capacity
Adds 7,500 square feet to existing 36,000 square foot factory.

Forrester Research names Insite Software an industry leader in B2B eCommerce suites
Report highlights vendors noted for focused product strategy for supporting B2B channels and B2B commerce capabilities.

International Hardware Fair Cologne 2016 registrations outpace last show
Three-day show schedule meets with industry approval.

New Holland appoints Bret Lieberman VP of North America
Moves up from head of North American manufacturing.

TECSYS reports record revenue and contract bookings in Q4 2015
Revenues grew 27 percent in Q4 2015 over Q4 2014.

Gateway Safety launches new product catalog
New easy-navigation layout covers all Gateway eye, face, head, hearing and disposable respiratory protection and accessories.

Kevin Higginbotham elected to NCBA Board of Directors
Higginbotham has been CEO of the Evergreen Marketing Group since 2006.

Alan Marsh retires from Stellar Industries
Nelson Carlson assumes national accounts manager slot.

Greenlee Acquires Endura Tools
Endura produces hand tools for professional trades, industrial and construction markets.

TigerStop hires director of marketing, Simon Spykerman
Digital marketing expert brings extensive video and film background.

Topcon facilitates digital preservation of Japanese heritage site
Historic Sogi power plant was constructed in 1909.

Dorner appoints Dan Nasato VP, International Operations
Company also names four more new VPs.

SENCO unveils new website
Site focuses on easy access to information, including from mobile devices.

ACMA Introduces CompositesLab
New online resource for composites information.

Multi-family housing leads market growth in June
Permits rise 7.4 percent for month; starts rise 9.8 percent.

Omer issues new 2015 full line catalog
138-page catalog details Omer's newest staplers, pinners, bradders, nailers and specialty tools.

Hein steps down as Fastenal president and CEO
Wil Oberton returns to roles he held previously; Hein becomes COO.

Snap-on Industrial issues 2015 critical industries catalog
800-page catalog covers all Snap-on Industrial tools and equipment.

AD Announces merger with Canaplus Limited Partnership
New division will be AD Canada Plumbing & Heating.

Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence remains steady in July
48% of survey respondents plan to increase spending over the next six months.

Flexzilla Pro Air Hose Receives Retailers Choice Award
Second win for Flexilla at NHS.

McCarthy Building Companies signs multi-year agreement with NoteVault
Nation’s 12th largest builder to license mobile daily reporting technology to increase transparency and productivity.

Southwire names Stinson president as Thorn announces retirement
Stinson brings three decades of industry experience to Southwire.

The Home Depot to acquire Interline Brands
MRO distributor has over 90 branches throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

CNC Piranha Fx wins 2015 Visionary Award for Product Innovation
AWFS recognizes Next Wave Automation for 4-in-1 3D printer, CNC router, laser engraver and digitizer.

Klein Tools Survey: Union members place more value on Made in U.S.A. tools
Survey finds five in six electricians cite performance and durability as the most important factors in a tool purchase.

New single-family home sales dip 6.8 percent in June
Shrinking inventories lead homebuilders to open the tap on permits.

New Webcast: OSHA Confined Spaces for Construction Compliance
Free webcast is set for July 31.

Study finds Americans pay $109 billion for repairs caused by bad roads
California tops list of worst roads.

Insite Software and Enterworks partner on customized eCommerce platform
New solution helps companies transform product information into online content.

Verti-Lift introduces new full-line catalog
Catalog covers hydraulic and pneumatic work positioners, standard and heavy-duty scissor lifts, turntables, workstations and more.

Developer breaks ground on all-timber office building in Minneapolis
Seven story building will be tallest all timber structure in the U.S.

JCB rolls out Master Technician program to North American dealerships
Master Technician designation will entail advanced skills and training.

NoteVault launches Android version of Notes!
Android program gives users greater real-time visibility into daily project activities.

AGC offers free webinar: Hiring and Retaining the Right People
Webinar is set for September 15, 2015, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Hitachi goes all in with Lowe's
Deal makes Lowe's largest big box retailer of Hitachi tools and fasteners.

Sonnhalter partners with Habitat for Humanity for sixth annual Sonnhalter Tool Drive
Help eliminate substandard housing by donating extra inventory, demo models, tools and building materials this August.

Contractor introduces Smartwater CSI theft deterrent on South Florida construction sites
Forensically traceable liquid theft deterrent is invisible and lasts five years.

DeckLok verified to meet (ICC-ES) codes
SPI DeckLok lateral anchor system earns ESR-2114 evaluation from ICC-ES.

U.S. GDP grows 2.3 percent in Q2
Residential fixed investment rises 6.6 percent; nonresidential dips 0.6 percent for quarter.