March 2020 News

The Cares Act – What you need to know now
Key provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act for businesses and individuals.

Tim Smith joins Curb Roller Manufacturing’s outside sales team
Smith will support customers in the Midwest territories and Colorado.

Restoration Builders names Michael Iovieno Chief Acquisition Officer
Iovieno steps up from COO.

Coxreels issues Service Truck industry catalog
20-page catalog features Coxreel's complete line of reels and accessories for service trucks.

Pandemic delays HD Supply plans to separate businesses
Plan to separate Facilities Maintenance and Construction & Industrial businesses goes on hold.

WOC Poll: Construction in the Time of Coronavirus
As of March 24, most concrete contractors across the country were experiencing mainly business as usual.

NAHB: DHS designation for home building as essential is not mandatory
Association posts map of current guidelines by state.

Statista: How long is this going to last?
Most Americans who responded to a Gallup poll believe we have a few months to go before things being to improve. 

NAVAC hires Bryan Schwartz as Western Regional Sales Manager
Proven sales executive joins company’s efforts to expand customer base in key North American regions.

Albion Engineering is named an essential business
Albion stays open for business and is ready to serve customers. 

NAEIR: Dos and don’ts for donating inventory to virus victims
Donate money or send product to gifts-in-kind organizations.

Buyers Products donates to organizations fighting COVID-19
Manufacturer of equipment for the work truck industry makes gifts to support most vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic.

Zurich: Construction contractors are working to manage coronavirus risks
Contractors are staggering shifts and crews are cleaning tools, handles and hands in cities where projects continue.

90 organizations urge DHS to designate residential construction "Essential"
Housing is a major engine of the national economy.

Plumbers are designated Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
Guidance for Response to COVID-19 DHS deems plumbers and other tradespeople essential workers.

IRCG debuts Pandemic Revenue Index
Index will provide weekly quantified view into how other distributors are faring with respect to revenue declines.

Walter Surface Technologies hosts COVID-19 surface cleaning webinar
Webinar is available for download now. 

Radians donates over 14,000 N95 masks to Memphis
Donation will help first responders and health care workers.

Metabo keeps its business open
Essential Business designation keeps Metabo up and running through COVID-19 crisis.

NAW urges administration to not bypass traditional supply chain
Some members have heard reports that the Federal Government has begun bypassing established distribution channels.

Exclusive: Is your business insured for COVID-19?
Four types of business insurance offer potential options for business owners.

Haydon is open for business
As part of the Critical Manufacturing Sector, Haydon remains open and ready to serve.

Zurn pledges $1 million of hygienic product to healthcare facilities to fight COVID-19
Products include sensor faucets, soap dispensers, flush valves, sinks and hand dryers.

Coxreels releases new Automotive Industry catalog
16-page PDF catalog covers the complete line of Coxreels reels and accessories for the automotive market. 

MaxLite to offer lighting webinar
Webinar is set for Thursday, March 26 at 2:00 pm EST.

Core & Main completes acquisition of R&B Co.
10th acquisition will grow waterworks reach in California.

New home sales dip 4.4 percent in February
Average selling price was $403,800.

ELFA: Equipment leasing activity dropped 26 percent from January to February
But February new business volume was up 15 percent year-over-year.

U.S. Department of Labor issues temporary enforcement guidance for respirator fit-testing in healthcare
Healthcare personnel who provide direct care to patients with known or suspected coronavirus should be equipped with respirators such as N99 or N100 filtering facepieces.

Honda to recall 340,000 inverter generators
EB2200i and EU2200i portable generators may be susceptible to water damage and electrical shorts.

STAFDA Concierge Customer Service workshops now online
Workshop is set for April 21-22.

JLG and ABC Keystone partner on equipment safety training
JLG delivers new machines to Manheim, Pennsylvania training facility.

AGC Survey finds pandemic has halted or delayed projects for 28 percent of contractors 
Coronavirus-caused slowdown shows need for new infrastructure funding and paid family leave.

STAFDA to host COVID-19 webinar
Webinar is set for Tuesday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.

The Crosby Group names General Manager, Load Monitoring
Thomas Dietvorst steps up as David Ayling moves into a consulting role.

Fed takes action to keep credit flowing
Creates three new programs to support business and consumer credit.

STAFDA announces Anaheim Associate State-of-the-Industry Speaker
Stanley Black & Decker division president Maria Ford will deliver the state of the industry manufacturer's update.

ISA cancels Atlanta convention
Event had been scheduled for April 20-22.

Exclusive: Who should take pre-employment tests?
Use this fast method to determine which job applicants should be tested. 

Exclusive: What part of hiring ROI do you not understand?
Many managers know the cost of everything but the ROI of nothing. 

HD adjusts store hours
Stores will close at 6:00 pm dailly; company extends paid leave.

Single-family housing construction holds steady in February
Permits rise 1.7 percent and starts climb 6.7 percent for month. 

AD hosts over 250 attendees at live virtual member meeting
AD will host live virtual member meetings for the PHCP, Electrical and Gypsum Supply divisions in coming weeks.

Weiler Abrasives names John Hobbs Director, National Accounts
Hobbs to manage national accounts team and relationships with distributor partners.

National Hardware Show moves to this fall
New show dates are Sept. 1-3 in Las Vagas. 

RSA Solutions now represents Allmoxy
Solution for ramping up website commerce to address the challenges of social distancing.

Grainger cancels Grainger 2020 event
Concerns over COVID-19 prompt Grainger to cancel this year's Grainger Show scheduled in Orlando.

ABC: Nonresidential construction spending hits all-time high in January 
Both public and private nonresidential construction spending expanded to start 2020.

CPWR offers free webinar on fall protection for roofers
April 16 webinar will highlight specific fall prevention measures for contractors. 

Radians announces new gloves and PPE vending machine program

PPE vending program will launch with three packaging options for users.

Mule-Hide Products launches redesigned, enhanced website
New site is faster and easier to navigate.

Protective Industrial Products expands salesforce in Latin America
PIP names Jose Montalvan to lead company's Latin America sales team.

AD ISD-U.S. and PHCP shift to virtual format for 2020 spring network meetings
Buying group adjusts meeting formats to safeguard members' health.

Wildeck names Dan Lorenz president
Lorenz steps up from VP of operations. 

Exclusive: Environmental Perspectives on Cartridges for Adhesives and Sealants
Sulzer Mixpac’s ecopaCC reduces waste and costs for customers.

GH Phipps Construction Company collaborates with Pype to reduce cost and labor
By leveraging Pype AutoSpecs, GH Phipps has been able to reduce cost and labor involved in maintaining contract compliance for key stakeholders on their projects.

Werner announces National Ladder Safety Month programs
Company offers free resources and training. 

U.S. Department of Labor offers guidance for preparing workplaces for Coronavirus
Resources are available for employers and workers. 

Grabber welcomes new Director of Innovation, Jason Roxburgh
Roxburgh joins Grabber from USG.

ITR Webinar: Probable Impact of COVID-19 on ITR Economics’ Outlook
STAFDA economist's webinar is set for March 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm EDT.

IAPMO: Coronavirus in plumbing systems
How did the outbreak occur in Hong Kong and is there a risk in the United States?

Exclusive: A 7-step method for hiring the best 
Use these steps to separate poor or good prospects from superstars.

Dodge: BIM use by mechanical contractors provides multiple benefits
New study shows that most mechanical contractors that use BIM experience benefits such as improved cost and schedule performance, lower labor costs and greater productivity.

Walter Surface Technologies acquires ArcOne
ArcOne is a provider of industrial safety products based in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Hyphen Solutions launches new construction management software products
Hyphen CRM, Hyphen Wallet and SupplyPro GM improve communication between home builders and suppliers.

SafetyNetwork to merge with AD 
New partnership will create the AD Safety Network Division.

IAPMO promotes Hansen to Executive Vice President
Dain Hansen has been with plumbing and mechanical trade group since 2010.

JCB rolls out 750,000th Backhoe
Rocester, Staffordshire plant achieves production milestone.

Huttig Building Products announces Q4 and full year 2019 results
Company posts net sales of $812 million for full year.