March 2015 News launches updated website
Growing Southern California website unveils a new look and site upgrades.

QUIKRETE issues new mobile app
iPad contest supports new app.

ABC Supply Co. acquires Minneapolis distributor
Western Roofing Supply Company joins ABC family.

Channellock names Michael Smith VP, manufacturing and engineering
Smith joins Channellock from Associated Spring.

STAFDA is swimming with the Sharks in Phoenix
Shark Tank stars will evaluate new construction products on stage.

Construction hose made simple
Cut & Couple chart shows the top five construction hoses by use.

Apex Power Tools opens new U.S. service and aftermarket facility
28,000-sf facility consolidates all US service centers into one location.

STAFDA announces Associate State-of-the-Industry Speaker
Robin Roberts, SVP, Protective Industrial Products, will speak at STAFDA convention.

2016 Cologne International Hardware Fair becomes three-day show
Event is set for March 6-8, 2016 in Cologne, Germany.

Five more days until CNC Piranha Fx Kickstarter campaign ends
Woodworking CNC routing system that can 3D Print and Laser Engrave is still available on Kickstarter - for the next five days.

NetPlus signs three new distributor members
C&L Tool Supply, RAF Supply and Wurth Service Supply join buying group.

HD Supply Waterworks promotes Tony Cammiso to VP, Fire Protection
Cammiso has held operations, branch and market manager positions with HD Supply Waterworks, Hughes Supply and Grainger.

Feds approve $2 billion Phoenix Loop 202 extension
After 30 years of wrangling, controversial freeway expansion clears one more hurdle.

Incoming! Freght boom drives warehouse growth in Georgia
Port of Savannah traffic growth intensifies warehouse and DC construction.

New Vegas mega resort to begin construction May 5
Former Stardust site will be new home of $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas.

Mortgage applications jump 9.5% in mid-March
Refinances fuel surge in apps for week.

New home sales climb 7.8 percent in February
Sales trend 24.8 percent higher than in Feb. 2014.

Calconduit names MWE, Inc. as new rep firm for Kansas and Western Missouri
Peter Kurtz and Dan Roemer lead MWE agency.

Omega Products to host ESPN's Friday Night Fights
Event is set for Friday, April 3, 2015.

Topcon acquires Digi-Star
Precision agriculture leader joins Topcon family.

U.S. residential construction backslides in February
Multifamily permits are only bright spot in otherwise dismal month's performance.

Parex USA appoints new marketing director and product manager
Kevin Rantin is new Marketing Director; Tiffany Awischus is Product Manager.

QUIKRETE launches advanced website
Contractors and homeowners can enjoy customized experience from any device.

PIP names new executive team members
Anthony Di Giovanni becomes VP of global marketing; Sean Weil is named CFO.

SBA Launches 2015 Emerging Leaders Initiative
Training initiative aims to help small businesses drive growth and jobs.

What's Next: "No shadow" skyscrapers
Architects claim "no shadow" skyscraper will solve problem of tall buildings that block out the sun.

Nail Gun Depot Pulls Trigger, Fires off 15th Anniversary Celebration
Tool and fastener distributor reflects on 15 years of success – announces plans for future growth.

Viega announces new director of marketing
Kevin Fox joins Viega from Burns and McDonnell Engineering.

Housing starts see biggest collapse since January 2007
Devastating 17 percent monthly drop hits industry.

ACI Issues new book: Legal Issues in Concrete Construction
Second edition contains 150-plus case studies.

Fomo names Zachary Utz marketing product manager
Utz previously worked for Coltene, Rubbermaid and Diebold.

Guardian Industries names Tom Highley President and CEO of Guardian Building Products
Joins Guardian from Engedi Solutions.

SawStop ships first Jobsite Saws
First shipment of SawStop contractor saws is on its way to distributors. 

ESPN Radio to Tip off 2015 Werner Ladder Bracket Challenge on Mike & Mike
Werner is the official ladder of the NCAA Basketball Championship.

SawStop offers $199 accessory free with saw purchase
Offer runs now through April 30.

Fasco America reorganizes territories for improved customer service
Increases national regions and territory managers to six. 

GrowthPlay Acquires Chally Group Worldwide
Talent assessment firm becomes part of growing GrowthPlay portfolio.

PIP enhances national accounts team
Kurt Wanner named VP of National Accounts.

DDI System adds customer-requested features to latest version upgrade
Inform software upgrade incorporates customer funcationality requests.

Survey shows U.S. CEOs modestly more upbeat on economy and spending
Six-month outlook for sales hits a three-year high this quarter.

Jim McCann is named president and CEO of McCann Industries
Dennis Kruepke becomes Chairman of the Board.

U.S. GDP grows 2.2 percent in Q4 2014
Economy stumbles compared to 5.0 percent surge in Q3.

U.S. Construction spending dips in January
Highways and residential building are bright spots in otherwise soft month.

Pending home sales surge to 18-month high
Pending home sales index trends 8.4 percent above January 2014; the South posts biggest gains.

IronPlanet Names Deborah Schleicher CFO
Industry veteran joins IronPlanet from Grant Thornton.

Product Knowledge: Ozone Generators
What distributors and contractors should know about ozone generators.

ET&F Names Martins Western RSM
Gary Martins will be based in Sacramento.