March 2017 News

Blogs: Epicor on ecommerce and the fear of missing out
Taking advantage of services in a changing digital economy.

CLA releases sixth annual Manufacturing and Distribution Outlook
Report compiles insights from 700 U.S. manufacturers and distributors.

PPG receives John Deere Supplier Innovation Award
Award recognizes PPG's client-focused creativity, feasibility, collaboration and bottom-line impact.

Report: Amazon's impact on the hardware industry
New report sees a booming DIY home improvement market turning online for products.

Walter Surface Technologies opens Dallas location
New distribution and training center in Dallas, Texas occupies 22,000 square feet.

Rockler announces 7th Annual Hardwood Forestry Fund donation effort
Rockler HFF donation matching program will run through April 30.

Bosch REAXX table saw update
Bosch continues to fight for customers’ ability to buy its REAXX Jobsite Table Saw.

Point of Rental releases new solution for E-signatures
Rental eSign provides a huge savings on E-signature services.

New home sales rise 6.1 percent in February
Average selling price is $390,400 as sales rate hits seven-month high.

Blogs: Larson Electronics on skid-mount light towers
Versatile and flexible features can really add some serious value to a lighting system.

Exclusive: Topcon — Taking control of the future brings success
Training and access to resources are key.

STAFDA names 2017 convention State-of-the-Industry speaker
Joe Smith of Metabo will deliver address to STAFDA convention audience in Austin, Texas.

Moody’s: Progress on U.S. infrastructure likely to be slow
Despite calls to action, investment will be slow to ramp up due to funding, regulatory and workforce hurdles.

Dodge: February construction starts advance two percent
Public works and electric utilities strengthen after a subdued January.

Milwaukee Public Schools adopt innovative roof drainage system, extending building life
Milwaukee Public School System partners with Atlas Roofing Corporation and local contractors to design innovative drainage system, extending roof lives to 30+ years.

Premier Building Solutions names new Director of Sales
DJ Dickinson moves up from sales manager.

Bosch releases free MeasureOn App
App offers end-to-end project management for Bosch BLAZE GLM 50 C and Bosch GLM 100 C laser measures.

Channellock names new director of sales and account manager
Mark Yoder is new director of sales, North America and Ken Burchill is new account manager.

AEM: Equipment manufacturing supported 1.3 million jobs in 2016
New report shows equipment manufacturers generated more than $416 billion in sales activity in 2016.

MAX USA hires new national accounts manager
Bruce Panveno brings MAX 30 years of distribution sales expertise.

Arizona to place first prefabricated bridge 
Route 66 bridge is predicted to save money and go up faster. 

Housing permits dip in February but starts and completions rise
Single-family housing starts rise 6.5 percent for month; multi-family starts rise 3.0 percent.

Trimble announces Tekla 2017 software for the construction industry
New releases advance more collaborative construction workflows.

HD Supply sales grow 4.4 percent in 2016
Construction and industrial sales grow 6.8 percent for year. 

Mechanix Wear expands into Asia Pacific
Company opens headquarters in Perth, Australia.

Eiffel Trading updates online surplus equipment marketplace 
Platform removes need for intermediary procurement support, delivers cost-savings.

Enter the RIDGID Experience contest
You could win a ticket to tool heaven — plus fishing and a facility tour! 

Arizona Polymer Flooring moves into state-of-the-art facility
New 50,000-square-foot campus to serve as international hub for APF production, distribution, training and R&D.

MiTek releases USP adhesive anchor design program
Design tool optimizes epoxy connection solutions for threaded rod and rebar anchors with CIA-GEL 7000-C.

Lackmond names Steve Leeper President
Leeper has been with Lackmond since 2007.

Peterson adds new sales agencies
Peterson manufactures vehicle safety lighting and related products.

Shurtape joins Sphere 1 cooperative as Preferred Supplier
Pressure-sensitive tape manufacturer will deliver enhanced programs, education, and field training to Sphere 1 members.

Stanley Black & Decker completes purchase of Craftsman Brand 
Purchase from Sears Holdings brings Craftsman brand into Stanley family.

Lackmond appoints Justin Thomas Tile Channel sales manager
Thomas joins Lackmond from the Boy Scouts of America. 

Husqvarna to acquire HTC floor grinding machinery
Deal follows up on recent acquisitions of Pullman Ermator and Diamond Tool Supply.

Dodge Momentum Index climbs 22 percent year over year in February
Commercial project planning is trending up 28 percent over 2016 levels. 

Dorner appoints new territory manager
Mike Herrick will serve customers in Western Pennsylvania, Southern Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Sonnhalter publishes expanded vocational program list 
Listing now covers more than 21,000 vocational education programs across the country.

Rockler celebrates National Woodworking Month with Make and Take projects
Weekly classes and projects in April cover wood turning, cutting and finishing.

Mechanix Wear adds Mark Rolfes as director of global sales
Rolfes joins Mechanix Wear from Pelican Products.

Little Giant will do 500 ladder safety trainings during National Ladder Safety Month
Company will unveil new safety videos daily.

Wells Fargo: Construction industry executives expect increased activity in 2017
Forecast reveals third highest optimism rating in 20 years.

New ELFA infographic shows why businesses lease equipment
Chart covers eight reasons why it is smart to lease.

Brighton Best launches new website
Site combines complete product listings and a distributor locator.

Werner Ladder sponsors first Spanish broadcast of NCAA Men's Final Four
First ever Spanish language coverage debuts April 1.

Sonnhalter renews college construction scholarship program
Agency supports Cuyahoga Community College program for third year running.

March is National Ladder Safety Month
Learn more, get involved and help save lives one step at a time.

AGC: Infrastructure investments tumble in January
AGC urges Congress to enact President Trumps' trillion dollar infrastructure measure.