July 2020 News

FallTech launches new website
Redesigned site features smart navigation, training sections, current safety guidelines and the newest products. 

Sena Technologies targets industrial sectors with new marketing initiative and website
Company brings motorsports-proven technologies to construction and industrial environments.

Single-family starts and permits post double-digit gains in June
NAHB analysis looks at reviving market and regional hot spots.

IRCG Weekly Pandemic Revenue Index shows 5.5 percent decrease
Government action in the next few weeks could have a major impact on economic trends.

AttaBox Enclosures adds two new rep groups
Border States will now represent AttaBox in New Mexico and Arizona; CJW Industrial Sales will now rep the line in Northern California.

Western Specialty Contractors launches training hub program
Program prepares new hires for future leadership roles.

MAX USA hires new Marketing Executive 
Jacqueline Marinacci brings MAX a decade of AEC experience.

Technology: Mafic USA starts operations at world's largest basalt fiber production facility
Basalt fiber is used in the construction, automotive and thermal markets among others.

Haydon H-Block Mega rooftop support promotion ends July 31
Buy one H-Block Mega and get one H-Pad for free.

New home sales surge 13.8 percent in June
Average price was $384,700.

SBLC issues proposals for next wave of COVID relief for small businesses
Proposal includes protection from COVID-related lawsuits and expanding the Paycheck Protection Program.

The Home Depot now requires masks in all U.S. stores
New policy expands mask rule from 85 to 100 percent of its stores. 

Thomas survey shows apprenticeship programs are under-utilized
Latest North American Manufacturing COVID-19 survey series shows 38% of surveyed companies are hiring.

Dodge: Construction starts show additional gains in June
lmprovement in nonresidential and nonbuilding activity push starts higher.

Exclusive: GPS tracking of construction vehicle fleets is increasing profitability
Real-time, 24/7 tracking enables optimal resource allocation across jobsites and delivery routes.

Simpson Strong-Tie issues new guide for high-wind construction
Guide covers Simpson's suite of high-performance solutions for protecting against high-wind forces.

USGBC issues new LEED guidance for cities and communities in the COVID era
Credits integrate public health and social equity with sustainability planning.

Drillco names new director of sales for Eastern USA
Jason Finch has held several senior positions at Apex Tool Group/Danaher and Corning.

U.S. construction spending dips 2.1 percent in May
Highway construction rises 2.8 percent for month.

IRCG Weekly Pandemic Revenue Index shows 11.7 percent increase
Group attributes improvement to a four-day selling week this year compared to three days last year. 

Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook forecasts improvement in Q3
Manufacturing suffered in March and April but showed signs of improvement in May.

Breaking News: STAFDA cancels Anaheim convention
An important notice regarding STAFDA’s Anaheim convention.

NetPlus Alliance launches updated website
New site combines improved functionality with an enhanced user experience.

Core & Main signs agreement to acquire Water Works Supply Co.
Water Works Supply Co. operates three branches in New Jersey.

Osborn backs NHRA Top Fuel points leader in 2020 season
Sponsorship underscores Osborn’s commitment to high performance on and off the track.

STAFDA opens Anaheim convention to non-member distributors
This year only, any construction industry distributor (member or not) can attend STAFDA's Anaheim convention. 

STAFDA 's Anaheim convention center earns Gold Standard Certification in outbreak prevention and recovery
The Anaheim Convention Center is the first on the west coast to be certified in outbreak and infectious diseases preparation and response.

Haydon H-Block Mega rooftop support promotion ends July 31
Buy one H-Block Mega and get one H-Pad for free.

ISN Introduces Learning Management System
Platform features more than 40 training topics including COVID-19 workplace safety, first aid, respiratory protection, confined space, heat stress, bloodborne pathogens, fall protection and more.

Joe Angeles retires after 32 years at MBW
Angeles was MBW's International Sales Manager and sales school instructor.

ISA announces new board members
Jeff Bigelow becomes chair; Maria Ford becomes vice chair.

IRCG weekly Pandemic Revenue Index shows 11.4% decline
It's still too early to tell if the down trend is leveling off.

MTA Distributors expands to Southwest with acquisition of Tru-Power
Acquisition enhances MTA's presence in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

Meridian Adhesives Group acquires E-Chem
Albuquerque-based E-Chem produces epoxy polymer products for concrete. 

JCB secures new U.S. military deal 
$269 million deal supply High Mobility Engineer Excavators (HMEEs) to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.

Exclusive: Building good supplier relationships
Supplier relationships are a two-way street; use these tips to stay in your suppliers' good books.

WEATHER GUARD celebrates everyday heroes with new digital campaign
Campaign during July and August encourages people to recognize their favorite  professional contractors or tradesmen.

U.S. construction spending dips 2.1 percent in May
Highway construction is the bright spot, rising 2.8 percent over April.