March 2018 News

Simpson Strong-Tie acquires LotSpec
Popular apps for AutoCAD and Revit enable streamlined 2D | 3D management of plan options.

Jescraft launches new web site
New site has enhanced navigation, product information and Request a Quote capability.

Pro Line Products partners with Overtime
Deal enables Pro Line to distribute Overtime electrolyte replacement beverages in the industrial and construction markets.

ASV names Justin Rupar VP of sales & marketing
ASV manufactures compact track and wheeled skid steer loaders.

Lawless Group to acquire interest in Canow-Western
Canow rep agency serves California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Hawaii.

Rockler offers Adirondack chair plans
"Build It with Rockler" project for spring/summer offers two styles of chair plans, videos and in-store demos.

EPA clarifies rules on working with lead paint after disasters
Clarifications cover recordkeeping and whole-house rehab work.

Southwire to invest $9 million into workforce following tax reform
Company to offer bonuses and extended parental leave, will introduce new programs and industry partnerships.

Stahlin launches new web site
Company produces non-metallic electrical enclosures. 

The mushroom that fixed my driveway
University works to develop a fungus that will help concrete cracks heal themselves.

Carlstar Group announces 18 percent price increase
Carlstar products include Carlisle wheels and tires, Cragar, ITP, Black Rock and Marastar.

U.S. softwood forecast: Higher consumption and prices
Demand is predicted to hit all-time high by 2030.

CSDA elects 2018 Board of Directors
Jack Sondergard enters second year as president, as does Matthew Finnigan as vice president.

FMI issues Q1 Construction Outlook
Group forecasts a 7 percent increase in engineering and construction spending in 2018.

Walter Surface Technologies launches Grind to the Grid Sweepstakes
Offers a chance to win a Daytona 500 VIP experience.

Mortar Net offers online support documents in Spanish and Polish
Comprehensive technical data sheets and installation instructions are now available for download in both Spanish and Polish.

STAFDA announces 2018 convention keynote and associate speakers
Jon Gordon will deliver keynote; G-Strut's Bill Sisto will be associate speaker.

Dodge: February construction starts slide 3 percent
Public works and electric utilities weaken, while nonresidential building advances.

Home completions are bright spot in February housing market
Single-family completions rise 3 percent and mult-family completions climb 7.8 percent for month.

Toro acquires L.T. Rich Products
L.T. Rich manufactures landscape equipment.

Johns Manville launches new educational portal
The Source provides tools for HVAC, mechanical and industrial professional development.

ASTM issues new International Standard for stucco in construction
New standard applies to gypsum and related building materials and systems.

CG Visions and Hyphen Solutions partner to promote BIM in homebuilding
CG Visions, a Simpson Strong-Tie company, and Hyphen Solutions anticipate more BIM adoption in the home market.

Shurtape launches upgraded web site
Site features new category pages, easy-to-use product filters and information resources.

Sonnhalter agency wins three PRSA Rocks Awards
Construction-focused marketing communications firm wins silver award in written content category and bronze awards in events category.

2018 Builders Show education session recordings are now available
NAHB subscription service allows access to any or all 140 sessions. 

Thompson Pump helps Puerto Rico rescue efforts
Company’s volunteers and equipment provide 200,000 residents with water.

Lincoln Electric opens new Welding Technology & Training Center
New 130,000-square-foot facility represents a $30 million investment in training. 

Construction manager named at $10B Foxconn plant
Milwaukee-based Gilbane Building Company and the M+W Group win project.

Hitachi Power Tools announces new top management
Hiro Yumoto, President & CEO of Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd becomes Chief Strategy Officer.

Air Systems International releases 2018 Master Catalog
New catalog is available in print or PDF form. 

ECi Software Solutions names Chief Marketing Officer
Leslie Bodnar brings 20 years of software industry management and business development experience to new role. 

E-Z Drill adds inside sales and safety specialist
Debra Davis rejoins company in new sales and safety role. 

Construction employment rises in 35 states from Jan. 2017 to Jan. 2018
California and West Virginia are biggest job gain winners.

Metabo not affected by the Hitachi brand name change
Hitachi Power Tools announces name change to Metabo HPT.

Western Specialty Contractors names Tom Brooks COO
Brooks joined Western in 2012. 

GEARWRENCH announces Win A Camaro Challenge national promotion
Competitions will be held across the U.S. starting in April.

Hitachi Power Tools renames to Metabo HPT in North America
Original Metabo brand, based in West Chester, PA, will remain distinct.

Cologne Show grows 9 percent in 2018
Attendance rises to 47,000 visitors from 143 countries.

Rockler celebrates National Woodworking Month with “Make-and-Take” projects
Projects include knives, wood turning, speakers and routed signs.

The Home Depot Foundation commits $50 million to skilled trades training
Foundation to train 20,000 new tradespeople by 2028 to fill labor gap.

Jeff Durgin joins Makinex
Prominent industry veteran joins the growing Makinex team as Global Product Manager.

Darren Roos named CEO of IFS
Roos joins IFS from SAP.

Huttig Building Products announces Q4 and full year 2017 results
Company sees net sales of $179.2 million in Q4 and $753.2 million for 2017.

WEATHER GUARD launches new website
New site has enhanced functionality and a seamless mobile experience.

Construction Safety Week is set for May 7-11
Annual construction industry event to focus on safe choices.

EIS becomes Electrical Specialties Group of Motion Industries
Sister company rebrands under MI umbrella. 

New BRICK bill aims to extend EPA emissions timeline
BRICK Act introduced by Sens. Wicker and Donnelly avoids devastating costs.

Dodge Momentum Index sees a soft bump in February
Modest upward movement for month was due to an increase in institutional construction.

Airmaster names Mario Meiwes operational excellence manager
New operational excellence manager aims to provide continued improvement to Airmaster’s production and logistics.

Dorner appoints new territory sales manager for Indiana
Scott Volk joins Dorner from Exotic Automation.

Who's the better bricklayer, a robot or a human?
SAM, a Semi-Automated Mason, couldn't stack up against the world's best humans.

U.S. home prices finally top 2006 highs — mostly
CoreLogic report examines U.S. housing market from 2006 to now.

Where the U.S. gets its steel
Our largest supplier is actually Canada.

Trump wants 25% trade tariff on imported steel
Stocks tumble on announcement; industry leaders warn of international retaliation, higher prices for consumer goods and potential U.S. job losses.

KNIPEX Tools expands product and sales personnel
Tony Arena is named sales manager and Peter Grable is appointed product manager.

Rockler's Latest Weekend Project: "Build It With Rockler" End Table
Free project plans and video tips are available now.