Posted August 22, 2019

March 2019 News

SOLEC-Solar Energy celebrates 45 years
Heat reflecting and absorbing optical coatings manufacturer began business in 1974.

Industrial Bolt & Supply patriarch passes away
John "Jack" Butcher was father of Derek Butcher and 2018 STAFDA president Michelle St. John. 

Handling Systems International adds new manufacturing facility
Crane, gantry and hoist company will triple its manufacturing space. 

IPS acquires Tough Pans
Diversified Products Division adds drain pan line to its roster.

Western Specialty Contractors creates "7 C Strategy for Cost-Effective Preventative Maintenance"
New program model focuses on seven key components of effective maintenance programs.

Report: Recovering from a hurricane takes an average of 11 months
BuildFax U.S. Hurricane Recovery Report looks at recovery and prevention activities following major storms.

Cerrowire launches new raceway fill calculator app
App helps electricians determine what size conduit to use for copper and aluminum building wire.

TrueLook, Autodesk BIM 360 integration offers real-time view of construction projects
Integration allows TrueLook construction camera users to livestream videos on Autodesk’s home dashboard.

Minnich Manufacturing announces Stinger concrete vibrator giveaway
Contractor promotion runs now to April 23, 2019.

Weldcote introduces new website
New site features responsive web design, easier navigation and more.

Housing starts slide 8.7 percent in February
Pace declines after January numbers hit a post recession high.

David Goggins to keynote STAFDA’s Nashville convention 
The "toughest man in the world" will address STAFDA on Nov. 11.

Report: Compensation trends into the 21st century
New Bureau of Labor Statistics report looks at private industry compensation, health insurance and benefit history and trends. 

Link Manufacturing adds two key sales executives
Anthony Ermitage joins as OEM account manager and John Adami will lead sales for PACCAR and Daimler Trucks.

Exclusive: The future is now for construction vehicle LEDs
Upgrading LED hazard/warning strobe lights is now a no-brainer. 

HD Supply sales grow 18.1 percent in 2018
Q4 2018 sales grow 22.2 percent.

Construction is second most targeted industry for email fraud attacks
Recently quarterly report looks at industries and employees most at risk of attack.

T. J. Bland named GM and COO of Adhesives Technology Corporation
Bland joined ATC in 2014 from Stanley Black & Decker.

Labor shortage is builders' top challenge in 2019
NAHB/Wells Fargo report lists top headwinds facing builders this year. 

Midwest flooding puts more than 200 miles of levees at risk
Cropland soil could take decades to recover.

ITR Economics announces March 26 webinar
STAFDA's economists look at the linked economic traits of Mexico, Canada, and the U.S.

MRA report highlights top regions driving metal roofing growth
Popularity is growing in states threatened by climate extremes, and residential metal roofing contractors are in high demand.

Superior Aluminum Products issues new catalog
Literature details Superior's full line of multi-housing products.

ACPA supports Interstate Renewal Plan
Plan includes 10 key recommendations to Congress on spending levels and related programs to maintain and improve the transportation-construction industry.

DT Seminar: Turning branch managers into business managers
Two-day event is set for May 2-3, 2019 at the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare.

EPA bans consumer sales of methylene chloride paint removers
Agency also plans to limit chemical's commercial use.

Case Studies: Utah landfill shuffles, gains space
GPS rover and level/slope measuring system help relocate garbage to gain 2.3 million yards of landfill space.

Hypertherm acquires waterjet leader OMAX
OMAX to join forces with Hypertherm, strengthening its waterjet industry leadership position.

Exclusive: Smart LEDs are here
The built-in solution that could help future-proof your facilities.

Gordon Brush acquires Spectrum Paint Applicator Corp.
Spectrum's operations will be relocated to Gordon's City of Industry, CA location.

BuildFax report shows fourth straight month of single-family permit declines
However, recent low mortgage rates may signal a coming burst in remodeling.

Southwire awards half a million dollars in scholarships to employees
Contributions are a portion of the company’s $9 million investment back into the lives of employees.

Bon Tool releases 2019 catalog
Catalog includes over 5,000 parts and 350 new products.

Construction spending ticks up slightly in January
Only residential construction dips slightly for the month. 

General Equipment names new national sales manager
Greg Kunderman joins General Equipment from Heat King.

Roy Brown joins ERB Safety as RSM
Will lead safety sales in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas.

Ballard Industrial announces executive leadership changes 
Greg Hartje and Doug Freyberg become co-CEO’s; Steve Berger becomes president and COO.

Husqvarna opens new Lenexa, Kansas DC
New 150,000-square-foot distribution center triples the capacity of its current location. 

Dynabrade celebrates its 50th anniversary
Company was launched in 1969 with the invention of the Dynafile pneumatic power tool.

Southwire unveils new website
Site features current product information, video highlights, industry apps and more.

Milwaukee upgrades entire M18 system with New HIGH OUTPUT batteries
Upgraded M18 system also includes and M18 & M12 Super Charger.

Rockler celebrates National Woodworking Month with Make-and-Take Projects Throughout April
Participants will learn new woodworking skills while handcrafting items they can take home.

The Home Depot  launches program to hire 80,000 associates for spring
New hiring technology will drive this spring's hiring season.

Hoffmann Group’s GARANT GridLine workshop cabinets receive iF DESIGN AWARD 2019
Award for product design given to Hoffmann Group USA’s GARANT GridLine cabinets and locking tape measure.

New convention to celebrate U.S. manufacturing
More than 30,000 attendees expected at the Indiana Convention Center, October 3-6, 2019.

Huttig Building Products announces Q4 and full year 2018 results
Company saw 2018 sales growth of 11.5 percent last year. 

NEFCO acquires Blume Supply
Acquisition brings NEFCO to 11 distribution centers up and down the east coast.

IFS named to Constellation ShortList for Field Service Management
For the sixth time running, IFS is recognized as one of the FSM industry's most advanced vendors.

DT Seminar: Turning branch managers into business managers
The Distribution Team's next two-day seminar is set for May 2-3, 2019 at the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare.

New home sales climb 3.7 percent in December
Average sales price was $377,000.  

Steven Singer named CEO at Rockler Companies, Inc.
Singer was a Rockler board member for 10 years and joins the company from Taylor corporation.

NetPlus Alliance welcomes Robert Louden as new marketing director
Buying group also promotes Melissa Obenshain to operations manager.

U.S. construction spending dips in December 
Nonresidential construction was the month's bright spot with a slight increase over November.

Wells Fargo predicts a solid year ahead for construction industry
Report and its title, A Year of Continued Optimism, paints a positive picture. 

Dynamic Systems releases Advanced Checkmate Mobile
Now manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors have access to real time inventory counts.

OMG FastenMaster names Web Shaffer SVP and GM
Web joined OMG Roofing Products in 2015