July 2018 News

Simpson Strong-Tie hosts architecture, engineering and construction management scholarship recipients
Simpson program awards up to 68 scholarships of $2,000 each every academic year.

Southwire El Paso plant celebrates VPP Star status
Plant earns OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Site designation.

U.S. construction spending dips 1 percent in June
Public construction lags 3.5 percent for month.

Huttig Building Products sales grow 12.4 percent in Q2
Net sales run $223.4 million for quarter.

Huttig Building Products appoints senior financial consultant
Philip Keipp rejoins Huttig; formerly served as VP and CFO. 

Southwire California CSC celebrates VPP Star status
Facility earns OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Site designation.

RIDGID Experience winners go behind the scenes
Tour and VIP treatment plans are underway for third annual contest in 2019.

Exclusive: Not all duct tape is created equal
Five things to consider when choosing a duct tape.

New home sales may be in trouble
Builders say tariffs and low inventories are to blame.

Next Wave Automation hires national accounts manager
Scott Baumeister joins company to manage national vendor accounts

Premier Building Solutions breaks ground on building expansion
New $2 million, 24,000-square-foot facility will house expanded production, R&D and office space. 

U.S. new home sales slide 5.3 percent in June
Average sales price is $363,300.

Festool expands U.S. headquarters
Indiana facility to add 80,000 square feet and 65 new jobs.

Atlas Copco Power Technique names new GM
Mikael Andersson has been with Atlas Copco since 2002.

Dorner names new VP of sales
Scott Kelley brings Dorner extensive industry experience with United Technologies, Bose and 3M.

Residential housing backtracks in June
Single-family permits dip 0.8 percent as starts slide 9.1 percent for month. 

Acme Tools celebrates seven decades of growth
Family-owned company pioneered online sales and remains an industry leader today. 

Huttig Building Products partners with AZEK Building Products
Huttig will distribute AZEK and TimberTech brands in Texas and Oklahoma.

Simpson Strong-Tie renews lead sponsorship for Habitat Strong
Habitat for Humanity program benefits homeowners in disaster-prone areas.

Weiler Abrasives expands U.S. operations
Company is reshoring production from China.

ABC Supply acquires Alliance Wholesale Supply
Alliance has one store in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

AGC: Tariffs have caused double-digit  building material cost increases
Aluminum has risen 20 percent year over year; lumber is up 18 percent.

NAHB: Single-family home production will continue to gain ground in 2019
NAHB chief economist predicts that home starts will near 1 million units next year.

United Rentals to acquire BakerCorp
BakerCorp brings 57 North American and European branches to the United family.

Milwaukee Tool announces $32 million headquarters expansion 
New advanced manufacturing and R&D facility is expected to house 350 new employees. 

Construction material prices rise again in June
Last month's material prices averaged 9.6 percent higher than they were last year. 

Simpson Strong-Tie sponsors Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society
Simpson is founding sponsor of center that aims to help communities faced with natural disasters and other global changes.

Hultafors Group AB acquires Hellberg Safety
Johnson Level's new parent company buys Swedish safety and PPE manufacturer.

Exclusive: Ways to improve construction site safety
Graphic Products shares tips for preventing accidents on the job site.

Sonnhalter partners with Habitat for Humanity for ninth annual Sonnhalter Tool Drive
Help eliminate substandard housing during the month of August by donating extra inventory, demo models, tools and building materials that are no longer needed.

DOL announces Safe + Sound Week
U.S. Department of Labor kicks off Safe + Sound Week on August 13th.

Rockler issues free storage cabinet plan
New plan converts Rockler Material Mate into a rolling workstation.

MAX USA hires new East Midwest regional sales executive
Scott Hull brings MAX 18 years of automotive and tool industry experience. 

Strong Man hires new inside sales and customer service rep
Brett McAllister brings Strong Man hospitality industry experience and a degree in business management. 

Hypertherm celebrates 50 years of industrial cutting innovation
Founded in 1968, company now has more than 1,400 employees. 

Mayhew Tools sponsors Grand Prix championship boat racing
Mayhew's sponsored boat will compete in the Grand Prix World Series’ North American Championship Race, July 6-8, 2018 in Madison, IN on the Ohio River.

CertainTeed to acquire Hunter Douglas' North American ceilings business
Saint Gobain subsidiary to buy major architectural products manufacturer.

U.S. Department of Labor extends Beryllium Standard enforcement date
Certain provisions are extended to August 9.

MAX USA hires new Mid-Southeastern regional sales executive
Michael Butti brings MAX 20 years of professional fastener sales experience.

Phillips Screw Company promotes Dilling to Director of Engineering
Gary Dilling has served as lead engineer at The Phillips Screw Company for 16 years.

Evergreen elects new Board of Directors and Supplier Advisory Council
Leo Fay is 2018-2019 Chairman of the Board; Keith Turtenwald is president.