June 2013 News

ABC Supply Acquires Sellmore Industries Distribution
ABC Adds Locations in Baltimore; Philadelphia; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Hagerstown, Md.

Global Construction Market to Reach $15 Trillion by 2025
China, India and U.S. will account for almost 60% of all global growth.

U.S. Construction Creeps Up 0.5 Percent in May
So far in 2013, construction spending trends 6.2 percent above 2012.

Werner Acquires Bailey Ladder
Australian acquisition continues WernerCo’s international growth.

Q.E.P. Reports Record Q1 Sales
Sales grow 19.4 percent for quarter year over year.

Wilo USA Hires New Regional Sales Managers
Ricky Flores is named Northeast RSM-Water Management; Yates Timmerman is Western RSM-Building Services.

OSHA Announces Program for Isocyanate Safety
Program focuses on awareness and disease prevention for paint, varnish and building insulation professionals.

LINE-X Acquires American Aftermarket Group
Purchase will allow 400 plus North American franchise locations to become full-service truck accessory customization centers.

CSDA Issues Electrical Safety Video
Video covers operator safety for concrete saw operators.

U.S. GDP Grew 1.8 Percent in Q1 2013
Real residential fixed investment increased 14.0 percent in quarter.

Starborn Introduces Deck Fastening Guide
Highlights latest techniques for top-fastening decking materials from hardwoods to composites.

48WS Named Reps for PowerBond Safety Step TD
New peel-and-stick proprietary truncated detectable warning system mat adheres to concrete and asphalt.

May 2013 New Residential Sales Surge 29 Percent over 2012
Rate climbs 2.1 percent month over month.

Viega Launches Zero Lead Microsite
Site is an information source for legislation effective January 2014.

Q.E.P. Acquires Plasplugs
Plasplugs produces wall anchors, sharpeners, tile tools and saws, abrasives, electrical products and power tools.

ABC Supply Honors Three Employees with Ken Hendricks Awards
Curtis Neal, Jeff Smith and Tom Becerra earn annual award.

32 States Added Construction Jobs in Past 12 Months
Oil and gas, residential construction and dormant projects coming back on line drive jobs growth.

Construction Master Pro Builders Calculator Now on Five Platforms
Calculated Industries adds program to leading mobile devices.

Ericson Manufacturing Names VP of Sales, Kevin Jacks
Jacks joins Ericson from Appleton Electric.

eFab Configurator by Thomas & Betts Simplifies Prefabricated Rough-In Assembly Design
New online tool enables efficient design and order processing.

NIOSH Smart Phone App Addresses Ladder Safety
App is available for free for both iPhone and Android devices.

JCB Names Successor to CEO Alan Blake
Graeme Macdonald to take helm.

Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $25,000 to Oklahoma Tornado and Storm Relief Efforts
Donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund will aid in providing food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance.

Homebuilder Confidence Hits Seven-Year High
NAHB predicts 29 percent increase in housing starts this year, which would put housing starts at the 1 million mark for the first time since 2007.

KH Industries Launches New Website
And adds new cord reels, stringers and power boxes.

QEP Launches New Brand Identity
Update includes new corporate art, packaging and product improvements.

Pelican Promotes and Adds Team Members
Shailesh Bambardekar is named Vice President Of Operations - Torrance.

James Doogan Named Regional Sales Manager for Central Rent-A-Crane and Central Contractors Service
ALL Erection operates in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa.

Construction Unemployment at Lowest Level in Five Years
Employment grew in both residential and nonresidential construction in May.

Simpson Releases Anchor Designer Software with Interactive 3D Interface
Program analyzes existing designs or suggests anchorage solutions for cracked and uncracked concrete.

Wells Fargo Issues Q2 2013 Construction Report
Report sees regional growth, energy and housing driving market improvement through 2014.

Sphere 1 Names Distributor and Vendors of the Year
Pioneer Fasteners & Tools is top distributor; Simpson and Irwin are top Vendors; DEWALT is Supplier of the Year; Hitachi named top brand.

Bartell Morrison and Subaru Launch New Engine Offering
Offers 30-day engine swap guarantee on new Subaru-powered Bartell products.

Insite Software Named Infor Solutions Partner
InsiteShip suite is approved for use with Infor VISUAL products.

Simpson Strong-Tie is Approved for Continuing Education Credits for Architects
Nine free online courses help architects to earn LU/HSW credits.

Rockwell Extends Power Tool Warranty to Three Years
Extended warranty combines with Rockwell's Batteries for Life program.

PFERD Launches Ergonomics Program
PFERDERGONOMICS focuses on dust, noise and vibration reduction and improved tool haptics.

Rockler Announces Flagship Store in Twin Cities
Maplewood, MN store to move to new 10,000-sf location.

IDEAL Introduces Lockout/Tagout Training Program
IDEAL Control of Hazardous Energy program features video, presentation materials, leader's guide, employee quiz and certification.

Watch: Work on Georgia Nuclear Plant Expansion Reaches Key Milestones
Nuclear grade concrete basemat is poured for Georgia plant expansion.