May 2015 News

United Stationers changes name to Essendant
Company unifies United Stationers Supply Co., Azerty, LagasseSweet, ORS Nasco and MEDCO.

AGC offers OSHA confined space construction update webinar
Free webinar covers changes in OSHA's confined space standard.

IronPlanet names Gord McDougall Managing Director, Canada, Cat Auction Services
McDougall joins IronPlanet from Finning Canada, part of the world's largest CAT dealer.

Acme Tools expanding corporate headquarters
New offices support e-commerce business growth.

MAX USA hires J. Matthew Johnson as South Midwest Regional Sales Executive
Johnson brings over 15 years of industrial sales experience to MAX.

Employment snapshot: Veterans by occupation, 2014
Armed service veterans found to be less likely to work in construction than other fields.

Sphere 1 announces top award winners at 16th annual meeting
Honorees are announced at annual meeting.

Deb Group issues sun exposure hazards chart
Infographic highlights skin cancer risks.

Fomo Products launches new interactive Website features more with new yield calculator, blog and University of Fomo.

Briggs & Stratton acquires Billy Goat Industries
Specialty turf equipment company joins Briggs family.

Caterpillar invests in Yard Club
Peer-to-peer equipment rental startup will help contractors rent out idle equipment.

Eiffel Trading Company launches revamped construction marketplace
Buying and selling platform offers used construction equipment and materials.

New Holland announces Super Guard Warranty on skid steer and compact track loaders
New warranty covers three years/3,000 hours.

PIP and DSM Dyneema Sponsor ASSE Foundation’s 2015 Safety Matters Golf Tournament
Will demonstrate cut resistant gloves so thin, they could be worn while playing 18 holes.

Atlas Copco names new rental channel VP of sales
Matt Cadnum steps up from Atlas Copco's Construction Equipment aftermarket division.

Strong Man now distributes Conkure Wet Curing Blanket
Conkure Wet Curing Blanket by Raven Industries inhibits moisture loss from curing concrete.

New home sales surge 6.8 percent in April
Sales trend 26 percent above April 2014 rate; average price: $341,500. 

AGC calls for better road workzone safety measures
New data shows nearly half of road contractors suffered car crashes in work zones.

Simpson Strong-Tie donates $10,000 for Nepal earthquake relief
Donation will aid victims of April's 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Industrial Supply partners with Wyakin Warrior Foundation to help disabled vets
Salt Lake City distributor donates $1,000 to aid organization.

Omega to host final ESPN "Friday Night Fights" program
Stucco manufacturer's Corona, Calif. plant will be site of May 22 event. wins “Best in Class” award for website
Wins 2015 Interactive Media Award.

IronPlanet sells more than $33 million in equipment at May 13 and 14 auctions
Strong demand and attendance onsite and online.

CribMaster launches next generation ProStock industrial vending solution
Easy-to-use design reduces lifecycle maintenance and total cost of ownership.

ISA Convention draws record crowds
Attendance jumps by 12.6% percent from last year. 

The Home Depot Q1 sales grow 6.1 percent year over year
Raises fiscal 2015 guidance to estimate 4.8 growth for year.

Residential housing starts kick up 20.2 percent in April
Single-family starts rise 16.7 percent. 

Gateway Safety Wins Top Prizes in 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards
Parallax and Swap MAG safety eyewear take top honors.

Epicor to host inventory management webinar
Overcoming Challenges to Maximize Profitability will feature Jon Schreibfeder.

Lackmond issues new product catalog
Full-line, 127-page catalog includes new products releasing this summer.

CGW names Taylor territory sales manager
CGW-Camel Grinding Wheels hired Breck Taylor as its new territory sales manager.

Danaher to split into two separate companies
Transaction will create a science and technology company and a diversified industrial company.

Survey finds 36% of construction firms used more than 5 mobile business apps in 2014
2nd Annual Canvas Mobile Business App survey sees construction firms rapidly building and deploying multiple mobile business apps.

United Stationers names Robert Aiken Jr. interim CEO
P. Cody Phipps resigns as CEO.

Simpson Strong-Tie Sponsors ICC’s Building Safety Month
Four-week campaign focuses attention on safe and sustainable structures.

Evergreen awards 11th annual George A. Sheatz Excellence in Education Award
JC Tiller of Greenlee-Textron is named top trainer of 2014.

Hyster celebrates opening of state-of-the-art Experience Center
51,000 sf. facility in Charlotte, N.C. contains training resource and event facility.

Fomo names new product and sales support manager
Terri Dickson is a 20-year veteran of the company.

Capital Safety acquires Python Safety
Acquisition adds drop prevention products to Capital portfolio.

IronPlanet’s Cat Auction Services to hold unreserved public auction
395 lots feature late model, low hour equipment from Cleveland Brothers, Laurita and more.

Evergreen recognizes member and supplier of the year award recipients
Acme Tools, Darragh Company and Cook Iron Store take distributor honors.

Graybar to present webinar on workplace fall protection
Free webinar on May 12 will focus on fall prevention and lockout/tagout procedure.

ABC Supply honored with ninth consecutive Gallup Great Workplace award
Company is one of only three worldwide to receive award every year since its inception.

Bartell finishes off Shotblasting Education Month
Shotblasting is first in a new series of educational programs from Bartell.

Chargers and Raiders reveal revamped L.A. stadium designs
New designs emphasize open air, futuristic flowing design.

2015 construction outlook looks good — sort of
Top economists predict spotty market ahead.