June 2011 News

Starborn Industries Celebrates 50 Years
New website combines company history and detailed product information.

Capital Safety Announces New President of Americas
Joe Reimer pegged to top post.

OSHA Tightens Homebuilder Safety Regs
Fall protection standards are tightening for homebuilders nationwide.

Pending Home Sales Rebound in May
Pending home sales rose strongly in May: all regions saw gains over 2010.

International Hardware Fair 2012 Ramps Up
World's largest tool show runs March 4-7, 2012 in Cologne, Germany.

Thomas & Betts Issues 2011 NEC Code Changes Guide
Free 156-page handbook is available in print, as a PDF or an eBook.

Simpson Strong-Tie Debuts Version 3.3 of DeckTools Software
Software allows users to design photo-realistic, 3D custom decks in real time.

Carhartt Picks Black Diamond Group as licensee for Carhartt-brand footwear
New Carhartt-branded footwear will be available in spring 2012.

ToolWatch Announces Cloud Platform
ToolWatch Enterprise customers can now access data and track tools from anywhere using cloud-based software.

E-Z-GO Promotes Collins to VP, Integrated Supply Chain

Textron division includes Cushman utility vehicles and E-Z-GO golf cart brands.

MSA wins 2011 Environmental Packaging of the Year Award
NRHA recognizes packaging for MSA Espresso Polarized Safety Glasses.

Powers Fasteners and Christy Associates join forces in Florida
Powers teams with prominent Florida rep agency to improve customer service.

Wind-lock Adds 1,000 Products to Drywall Tool Line
Wholesale distributor expands offering of top lines.

ELFA Survey Shows Eqiupment Finance Volume Up 30 Percent
May 2011 equipment finance rate trends up 30 percent year over year.

New Residential Sales Dip in May
Sales dip in May from April but rise 13.5 percent year over year.

Swanson Speed Bevel Named A Top Tool at Hardware Show
Wins Editor's Choice Award from Popular Mechanics.

Parex Adds to Marketing Team
Karine Galla and Heidi Larsen named product managers.

Ergodyne Announces 14th Annual 65 Roses Golf Classic
Charity outing July 18 will benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Wells Fargo Releases Q2 Construction Quarterly Report

Equipment sales are up; Highway and street construction show signs of improving.

Atlanta-Based Companies Join Forces to Bring Help to Joplin
Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot, Chick-fil-A, Coca-Cola and Georgia-Pacific fly In volunteers and supplies.

China Begins Work on World's First Megalopolis
Mega city of 42 million is a harbinger of the future of cities on Earth.

DELTA Names Mark Strahler Director of Product Development
Previously was VP of Sales for DELTA.

Interline Brands Announces New Senior Vice President of Sales
John McDonald joins Interline from Service Brands International.

Residential Construction Jumps Ahead in May
Permits advance 8.7 percent; starts move up 3.5 percent.

Builders Break Ground on More Homes
Housing starts and permits both climb in May.

DeWalt throws down the gauntlet
Massive power and hand tool launch event puts the industry on notice.

PIP acquires Bouton brands
Protective Industrial Products Inc. (PIP) announced its acquisition of the Bouton brand and the Bouton safety glass and safety goggle business.

Intercorp Publishes New Catalog and Website
Website features improved user navigation and product information.

Epicor Hosts Webinar for Distributors
Dr. Bill McCleave to present June 23 webinar.

Keson Wins NRHA's Top Packaging Award for Long-Run Measuring Wheel
Tool manufacturer builds on momentum of revamped company brand image.

Hyde Tools Wins National Awards for Packaging and Merchandising
Hyde 14-in-1 multi-tool packaging and counter merchandiser takes NRHA award.

Construction Jobs Stall in May
Industry added just 2,000 jobs for the month.

DRONCO America LLC Established
U.S. and German abrasives manufacturers form new joint partnership to serve U.S. customers.

IDEAL Appoints Kellermann Vice President/General Manager
Will manage retail and industrial sales groups, SK Hand Tool and Western Forge divisions.

U.S. Construction runs flat in April
Industry continues to trend well below 2010 YTD rates.

LINE-X Launches Iceland Sweepstakes
Four Days, Zero Nights Sweepstakes grand prize is an adventure vacation for two to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Sonnhalter and DigiKnow Offer Free QR Code Webinar
Learn how to plan, create, measure and market QR codes.

DEWALT Carpentry and Framing Complete Handbook Now Available
Book contains more than 300 detailed illustrations on every facet of the framing process.