May 2011 News

Capital Safety Acquires South American PPE Manufacturer Arseg
Deal significantly strengthens Capital's Latin American business.

Cement gets greener
Decade-long study by Duke University shows a growing cement industry reduced "energy intensity" by 13 percent.

The Home Depot Foundation Commits $1 Million to Rebuilding Efforts in Joplin, Mo.
Launches internal "Drive for Joplin" campaign to benefit impacted Home Depot associates.

Antidumping Coalition Calls for Government Action
Senate hearing prompts call for congressional action to help combat widespread duty evasion and weak enforcement of U.S. trade laws.

DDI System releases new version of Inform ERP Distribution Software
Software now includes iPod, iPhone and iPad wireless signature capture.

Atkore Names John Williamson President and CEO
Company also names new divisional presidents.

Little Giant Ladder Announces New Drop-Ship Program
Provides faster delivery, reduces shipping costs for online retailers.

Sonnhalter Releases Construction and Industrial Market Overviews
Reports cover construction, electrical, HVAC, industrial/MRO and plumbing industries.

toolhangerz Launches New Website
New U.S. company produces custom tool hangers for for workshops and retail displays.

Epicor Names Pervez Qureshi CEO
Kathy Crusco named Executive Vice President and CFO.

Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers selects LINE-X Protective Coatings for Chase Vehicles
Storm research teams coat chase vehicles with LINE-X for severe weather protection.

Ironclad Performance Wear sales up 36.8%
Q1 2011 sales grow 36.8% against Q1 2010.

KNIPEX Named Best Hand Tool Supplier by German Tool Distributors
Takes award for third consecutive year.

ISM Predicts Economic Growth Will Continue Through 2011
Manufacturing revenues expected to grow 7.5%; Non-Manufacturing growth pegged at 2.1 percent for the rest of the year.

Epicor Software and Activant Aquired by Apax Partners
Combined company will serve over 33,000 manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industry clients.

Residential Construction Retreats in April
Permits were down 4% for month; starts were down 10.6% for month and 23.9% below April 2010.

The Home Depot Announces Q1 Results
Soft Q1 leads to update for fiscal year 2011 projections; Company expects 2.5 percent growth over 2010.

Infrastructure 2011 Report Warns of Strain on U.S. Roads and Cities
A new Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young joint report warns that global infrastructure investment is leaving the U.S. behind.

Activant Hosts Trends in Distribution Sessions
Distributors invited to see ERP systems in use at Activant customer sites.

Commercial Real Estate is Recovering
Sales and leasing volumes in commercial real estate are trending up, but major banks continue to hoard cash, slowing recovery.

Little Giant Ladder add QR Codes to Products
Users can link to safety, how-to and demo videos in-store or on the job site. 

Evergreen Selects Distributors and Suppliers of the Year
Top three companies honored by category and tier.

Bosch Tool Design Team Takes Multiple Awards
Recognitions include National Retail Hardware Association 2011 Packaging and Merchandising awards.

Activant to Offer Webinar on Lean Tools for Distributors
Lean for distributors event set for May 19.

Topcon opens VIP Center at California 'Solutions Site'
Completes phase 1 of renovation of 12-acre acre training and test site.

DELTA Announces Five-Year Limited Warranty for All New Machinery
Warranty covers all woodworking machinery sold after February 4, 2011.

Weiler Updates Construction Market Catalog
Includes Vortec Pro abrasives and Green Works maintenance products.

Construction employment improves in April
Industry's unemployment rate falls to 17.8 percent for month.

Foresight Safety Glasses Outfit Workers at Ground Zero
Workers on all four World Trade Center work sites are wearing Foresight Safety Glasses as their main Eye Protection.

Generac Reports Q1 2011 Results
Commercial & Industrial sales drives continued confidence despite soft residential sales.

J-Air Launches Upgraded Website
Upgraded site features compressor selection tools and charts, operating manuals, parts lists and schematics, links to online stores and marketing materials.

Want your own piece of bin Laden?
Buy his brother's house in Florida.

Delmar Issues Guides to Important Building and Life Safety Code Changes
Significant Changes Series is released in conjunction with the 2012 International Code Council Products to simplify language and identify critical code changes.

Manufacturing climbs again in March
New orders add 3 percent; Shipments advance 2.7 percent; Inventories climb 1.1 percent.

Goldblatt Tools Celebrates 125 Years of Business with New Product Lines
Product line now includes tools for drywall, masonry and concrete, paint and tile.

Newell Rubbermaid Posts Q1 2011 Results
Reports normalized EPS of $0.30; a 20% increase compared to 2010.

Coxreels Expands Manufacturing Capabilities
Capacity to double by year-end.

I MAKE AMERICA Issues Call to Action
Tell Congress: Pass the highway bill!

Report: Trade deficit with Mexico has cost 682,900 U.S. jobs
All 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have seen jobs lost or displaced to Mexico since 1994.

Acme Tools expands product line
Adds industrial woodworking machinery and tooling products.

US GDP climbs 1.8 Percent in Q1 2011
Q4 2010 real GDP rose 3.1 percent.

U.S. Construction inches up in March
Annual rate of $768.9 billion is 1.4 percent above Feb. 2011 but 6.7 percent below the March 2010 rate.

China will Pour $612 Billion into Water Projects Over 10 years
Work will seek to address water supply and sustainability issues.

Direct Business Media is Moving!
Contractor Supply and Industrial Supply magazine parent company DBM moves into new home April 28.

This is Carpentry Reviews Occidental The Doctor Tool Organizer
Online video review highlights features of super-premium tool organizer.

Lyon Workspace Issues New Catalog
Full-color, 65-page catalog highlights best-selling storage, locker and workspace solutions.

New Residential Home Sales Advance 11 Percent in March
Month-over-month sales continue to track lower than 2010 rates.