June 2019 News

NetPlus Alliance Welcomes Molly Greene as Digital Marketing Manager
Greene brings Netplus Alliance state of the art marketing and promotional planning experience.

Dakota Supply Group Invests in Customer Experience with Epicor Eclipse
Electrical, plumbing, waterworks, and HVAC distributor selects Epicor. 

David Milner Joins Wildeck as VP of Sales and Marketing
Wildeck manufactures structural steel mezzanine platforms, manual and automated vertical lifts and related products.

Strong Man Remembers Founder and President Jay Kinder
After 40 years at Strong Man, Jay Kinder passes away.

Evergreen Elects New Board of Directors and Supplier Advisory Council
Keith Turtenwald is named chairman of Board of Directors; Robert Varzino becomes chairman of Supplier Advisory Council.

Harvard: U.S. Housing Production Lags Far Behind Demand
New study shows that new home construction remains depressed even in our strong economy.

#SHRM19: Giving a second chance to people with criminal records
One in three Americans has a criminal record — the same percentage as Americans who have college degrees. 

Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Enhanced Online Deck Planner Software Center
Software for deck builders, homeowners and DIYers features 3D software, design guides and tutorials.

New Home Sales Slide 7.8 Percent in May
Sales for month drop 35.9 percent in the West and 17.6 percent in the Northeast. 

Continuing Education: The Lifeblood of Electrical Contractors
As an experienced generation of electricians retires and new technologies emerge, ongoing education is required to satisfy NEC Code and win jobs.

Virgin Trains breaks ground in Orlando
170-mile project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Air Systems International releases 2019 master catalog
Catalog features ASI's complete line of filtration, ventilation, air cart and explosion-proof fan products. 

What if ICE comes calling?
NAHB issues new immigration guide for employers.

Grabber welcomes Brett Steinheider as Midwest Regional Sales Manager
Steinheider will oversee Grabber's Midwest, Missouri and Ohio branches.

ID magazine publisher shuts down
Advantage Business Media, parent company of Industrial Distribution magazine, has ceased operations.

Dodge: May construction starts advance 10 percent
Nonbuilding construction and nonresidential building rebound after a weak April.

Technology: The world's first 3D printed neighborhood is planned
Project hopes to become a long term solution to the global housing crisis. 

U.S. Dept. of Labor upgrades prevailing wage website
Users can now create an account and receive email alerts when changes or modifications are published.

Emerson to host first "We Love STEM Day" on June 21st
Event at Ridge Tool headquarters in Elyria, Ohio will be a day of hands-on learning for local students.

Metabo introduces 2019/2020 North America Catalog 
Power Tools and Accessories Catalog covers metalworking, cordless, concrete and masonry dustless solutions, woodworking tools and accessories.

Exclusive: Preventing IT disasters
How a preventable IT issue turned catastrophic.

NAHB: May housing report signals stabilizing builder confidence
Although starts decline for month, single-family permits see first increase since November 2018.

Analysis: BuildFax May housing health report reveals five metros with rising remodeling activity
Philadelphia and Chicago experience largest increases in remodeling.

Housing starts and completions dip in May
Single-family permits rise 3.7 percent for month.

Cyber criminals have you in their crosshairs
Construction is the second most targeted industry for email fraud attacks.

Exclusive: Crescent — Much more than a wrench
Synonymous with adjustable wrenches, Crescent has quietly grown into a brand of category-defining tools.

FastenMaster hosts panel for vocational students
Discussion encourages high school students to stay the course with careers in the trades.

Channellock announces historic expansion project
Company increases capacity, continues legacy of fifth-generation family owned business.

STAFDA releases 2019 pre-convention video
New video features personal messages from David Goggins and Big & Rich.

Milwaukee Tool blows the doors out
At its 2019 New Product Symposium, Milwaukee Tool envisions a new world order for the tool industry.

Concrete paver contractor revenues grew 8 percent in 2018
ICPI predicts worker wages for the segment will rise 5.2 percent this year. 

Bullard celebrates 100 years of the hard hat
Bullard observes the centennial of its signature invention.  

ORS Nasco supports Workshop for Warriors
Workshop for Warriors 16-week program offers veterans classes in CNC machining and welding/fabrication.

NAHB offers resources to help builders address opioid abuse 
One in four people who are prescribed opioids for long-term pain become addicted. 

Knipex Tools expands sales team
Patrick Mooney is new national sales manager for Canada, Brian Nolan is territory manager and Craig Kosik is account manager.

TE Connectivity promotes Melissa Kladder to sales director
Kladder has been in the connectors industry for 18 years. 

OSHA: Tips for protecting workers operating and working near forklifts
Tips and resources support National Forklift Safety Day, June 11.

MSA issues product inspection notice
Company has found isolated instances of unflared top eyelet rivets in MSA V-Edge 2.4m Twin Leg Cable PFLs.

Sphere 1 appoints new Board Chairman
Ron Foltz becomes new Chairman as George Morgan retires.

Channellock to participate in SkillsUSA conference in Louisville
June 24-28 event supports future skilled trade workers where career and technical education students compete in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

DOD study finds new aerosol air sealing method is highly effective in bulding renovations
Tests show AeroBarrier sealed up to 80 percent of envelope leakage.

The Home Depot Foundation commits $250,000 to tornado and flood response efforts
HD Foundation is working with relief agencies in affected areas across the country.

Trades student Dylan Cates receives Kinnunen Salute to the Skilled Workforce Award 
Dylan Cates is the recipient of this year’s Salute to the Skilled Workforce award from Kinnunen Sales and Rental.

Next Wave Automation hires new president
Rudy Simondi joins company, bringing operations and retail channel experience.

MAX USA CORP. unveils 2019 ad campaign
Innovative "What are you waiting for?" campaign pairs a teenager and MAX tools.