June 2015 News

Simpson Strong-Tie supports construction trades with high school partnership
Support includes product donations, building and scrap materials, student field trips, a scholarship program and internships.

JLG launches E-commerce site for pre-owned equipment will feature a wide variety of brands and machine types.

Rick Pully joins Screw Products, Inc. as VP of Sales
Joins SPI from ITW.

Evergreen CEO elected to National Cooperative Business Association Board of Directors
Kevin Higginbotham joins association Board of Directors.

Radians breaks ground on Memphis HQ expansion
Latest expansion will give company over 200,000 square feet of operating space.

Veto Pro Pac names 2014 Wholesaler Award Winners
Sigler, Berland's House of Tools, and Tool Nut named top dealers in 2014.

Milwaukee announces 80 new products
Major new releases on tap for the rest of the year.

Senators introduce 6-year, $270 billion highway bill
But there is still no consensus on how to fund it.

3M to acquire Capital Safety
Capital Safety brands include DBI-SALA and PROTECTA.

Michael Baker International appoints Daniel Liston as Mid-Atlantic region Construction Services leader
Liston joins firm from Virginia DOT.

Skanska slashes injuries with morning warmups
Company sees 66 percent fewer back injuries and 73 percent less soft tissue injuries when crews do simple stretches before working.

Jenga-like high-rise connects residents with the world
Radical high-rise would feature steel cantilvered modules emerging from a concrete main tower.

Commerce official announces 2016 International Buyer Program events
Program connects international buyers with U.S. companies.

National Consumers League pushes for safer standard for table saws
Ten amputations a day could be prevented.

New home sales continue climb in May
Sales increase 2.2 percent over April; average price is $337,000.

Strong-Tie Strong-Rod Continuous Rod Tiedown System wins innovation award
Product will be featured June 24-25 at PCBC Show.

ARTBA study finds surprising market impact of gas tax increase
Gas tax increases don't translate to one-for-one price increases at the pump.

IronPlanet holds early summer auctions June 24 - 26
Sales will feature 3,000+ Humvees, construction, mining and military equipment and trucks.

Meadow Burke announces new Quality Assurance - Quality Control Manager
Jennifer Bronson brings 25 years of quality management expertise to company.

Spee-Dee launches new Spanish website
Site supports company expansion in Mexican and Latin American markets.

DMT DuoSharp Diamond Bench Stone turns sweet 16
Continues nearly 40-year tradition of innovation.

Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence eases in June
Index places confidence in the equipment finance market at 63.0, down from 67.5 in May.

Buyers Products appoints Brian T. Smith as COO
Adds COO to present title of chief procurement and resource officer.

Residential permits and starts rise 11 percent in May
Privately owned starts rise 11.1 percent but single family starts and completions dip 5 percent for month.

Esch Construction Supply opens in Wisconsin
St. Paul, Minnesota-based diamond cutting specialists open second store.

Dorner breaks ground on facility expansion
Conveyor manufacturer begins 25,000 square-foot facility expansion.

OSHA teams up with NOAA and NWS to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses
Smartphone app helps workers prevent heat-related illnesses on the job site.

Fomo Products names new NSM
Kristen Lewis has been promoted to National Sales Manager.

QUIKRETE turns 75
Iconic yellow bag represents much more than just cement and concrete.

Klein Tools searches for the 2015 Electrician of the Year
Winner will drive home a new Ford F-150 custom truck.

New research reveals data deficit making CFO jobs more challenging and profitability more elusive.
Epicor survey of 1,500 manufacturing and distribution leaders shows many still run their businesses by gut feel.

ERB Safety names Pat Battaglia new Western RSM
Battaglia brings 25 years of commerical  and STAFDA market sales experience.

Makinex Appoints Peter Maginnis General Manager
Maginnis will help drive sales and distributor network growth in the U.S. and Canada.

Hitachi Power Tools awarded for highest sales to Sphere 1 members by brand for 3rd consecutive year.
Receives preferred supplier brand recognition at annual member meeting.

DeWalt brings it home
Factory tour highlights DeWalt's reshoring program — and a bunch of cool new tools!

Designs are revealed for Two World Trade Center
Video, renderings and plans show seven building volumes stacked on top of each other.

MacArthur adds Infor M3 to gain complete ERP solution
Distributor will standardize processes, speed operations and improve decision making across its 30 branches. 

Stellar hires new National Accounts Sales Manager
Nelson Carlson joins Stellar from Harsco Rail.

CGW improves surface conditioning belt production
Invests $250,000 in equipment upgrades at PASCO facility.

WEATHER GUARD partners with country music star Rodney Atkins for select tour dates in 2015
Each date will feature activities, promotions and WEATHER GUARD giveaways.

HD Supply announces Q1 results
Net sales increased 6 percent to $2.22 billion.

DDI System releases Inform ERP version 21.0.13
Upgrade adds point-of-sale instant posting, easier end-of-month job stream reports and PCI-compliant credit card functions.

ASSE announces safety innovation award winners
Winners include Machine Safety Management Corporation, Barricade Buddy and Capital Construction Solutions.

PFERD relocation to be completed by Q4 2015
Company is consolidating all U.S. operations and staff in Milwaukee.

Three Spee-Dee employees celebrate 20-year anniversaries
Mark Navin, Ron Fojtik and Timm Johnson joined Spee-Dee in 1995.

TigerStop launches TigerTouch software solution
New interface uses Surface Pro 3 for easy-to-use, turn-key automation.

Rockler lists top 10 gifts for DIY dads
Clamps, speaker kits, Centipede sawhorses, SawStop Jobsite saws and CNC machines make this year's wish list.

NetPlus Alliance announces eight new distributor members
Additions bring NetPlus to 391 distributor member companies.

American Concrete Institute Releases 2015 Edition of Manual of Concrete Practice
Revised manual is available as hardbound book set, on USB drive or online.

Insite Software Launches Customer Growth Services Program
New offering helps manufacturers and distributors drive improved ROI and business outcomes.

Industrial Supply promotes Workplace Safety Week
Toolapalooza event on June 18 will feature safety training programs with DBI Sala and MSA. 

MMFX Steel hires new RSM for Southwest U.S.
Douglas C. Johns will serve California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and neighboring states. 

Simpson Strong-Tie named Evergreen Preferred Supplier of the Year
Simpson has been an Evergreen Preferred Supplier since 2009.

Sonnhalter promotes Rachel Kerstetter to Public Relations Architect
Sonnhalter provides marketing services and intelligence to the construction, industrial and MRO markets.

April construction spending rate tops $1 trillion
Private construction trends at $725 billion annual rate; public pace is $281 billion.