May 2018 News

Next Wave Automation's June CNC project: Mini baseball bat
All instructions, tool list and design files are provided.

RIDGID names new director of product management
Steven Shepard joins RIDGID from Stanley Black & Decker.

Builders say lumber tops labor as biggest challenge
Framing lumber prices have risen 59 percent since early 2017. 

NRCA promotes National Roofing Week as summer storm season begins
National Roofing Week takes place June 3-9. 

Bendable concrete inches closer to reality
Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make U.S. infrastructure safer and more durable.

World of Concrete 2019 reports largest exhibit space draw in 10 years
More than 676,000 net square feet of exhibit space are reserved for 2019 show.

OSHA proposes changes to crane operator requirements
New proposal removes third-party tester requirement for the type and rated operating capacity of equipment for certified operators.

QA1 celebrates 25 years with open house and cruise
Event is set for July 20 in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Blogs: Employee activism challenges CEOs to take action
As activism grows in the marketplace, leaders must chart the course for their companies.

Construction Supply Group acquires Williams Equipment & Supply and Richform Construction Supply
Deal adds one Canadian and 12 U.S. branches to CSG portfolio. 

Makita offers OSHA silica compliance resources
Help your customers comply with the new rules. 

Evergreen names Distributors and Suppliers of the Year 
Also recognizes certified specialist recipients.

Epicor unveils vision for the future
Company sees ERP as the new backbone for digital transformation and growth.

Snap-on adds Structural Sheetmetal Assembly certification
Expands Tools for Life technical education program. 

AD eCommerce solutions surpasses 3 million SKUs
More than 60 AD distributors launch digital branches using AD-produced content.

Exclusive: Road resurfacing simplified
Topcon helps users collect critical road data at highway speed.

RIDGID celebrates Father’s Day with Words of Wisdom contest
Enter now for a chance to give Dad the recognition he deserves.

New home sales dip 1.5 percent in April
Average new home price is $407,000.

Exclusive: Summer PPE: Sun Fighters
Protection from a construction site hazard – the sun.

OSHA delays enforcement of some Beryllium Standard provisions
Some provisions are in effect now; others will go live on June 25, 2018.

Earnest Machine adds domestic hex nuts to line
Available in broken cases and with kitting and packing.

Weiler appoints new VP of sales for U.S. and Canada
Jason Conner, former director of national accounts, takes on new position.

Proxibid and Sullivan Auctioneers join forces
New online platform serves farm machinery buyers and sellers.

Viega roadshow travels the country
New promo truck features new graphics, demos, daily giveaways.

Despite headwinds, Epicor finds global business growth on the rise
New Global Growth Index monitors business growth performance in manufacturing.

Dorner launches 3D preview conveyor modeling tool
Configurator allows real-time design updates of conveyor system designs.

Josh Nickell joins Point of Rental
Rental industry leader becomes POR’s Director of Global Strategy.

U.S. housing starts dip 3.7 percent in April
Permits dip 1.7 percent for month but still trend 7.7 percent higher than April 2017 rate.

Vaughan acquires Dasco Pro
Deal adds leading chisel and punch products to Vaughan family.

Flexovit named one of western New York's best companies
Abrasives manufacturer wins 2018 Award for General Excellence.

Rockler stores offer wooden bow tie "Make and Take" classes June 9th
Free class is a gift making opportunity for Father's Day.

EDCO Products named Minnesota Manufacturer of the Year
Wins Manufacturers Alliance award in small-company category.

Construction costs surge in April
Tariffs and resulting price spikes threaten benefits of tax and regulatory reform.

GEARWRENCH partners with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 
Leading tool brand signs on to support Verizon IndyCar Series team.

Construction material prices surge in April
Prices climb 1.3 percent for month and are 6.4 percent higher than this time last year. 

QA1 announces Dave Kass as marketing manager
Kass has been with QA1 since 2009.

AD member sales up 12% in Q1
Q1 member sales hit $9.7 billion.

Harvey Gerstman Associates partners with OccuNomix
Agency to sell OccuNomix high-visibility work apparel line.

Arrow Fastener relaunches Pony, Jorgensen and Goldblatt brands
Iconic American brands to be relaunched under Arrow leadership.

Pinnacle Climate names new VPs
Peter Lyle is new executive vice president of sales and marketing; Sukru Erisgen is named vice president of engineering.

Milwaukee announces next generation M18 Fuel products
Expanding line includes a new 12-Ah battery and new products including a table saw, a Super Sawzall, a chainsaw and a large angle grinder.

Hultafors Group acquires Johnson Level
Swedish manufacturing group's products include hand tools, workwear, ladders and footwear.

McCann opens new branches in Indiana and Michigan
Both facilities offer CASE construction equipment with parts and service.

New Lawless Communication Group website goes live
New site offers complete range of LCG's Kenwood radio products. 

Construction jobs increase in 245 metros between March 2017 and 2018
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas and Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio experience largest year-over-year gains.

MAX USA promotes Dominice to Sr. VP of Sales
John W. Dominice III has been with MAX since 1999.

Huttig sales grow 13 percent in Q1
Company achieves net sales of $198 million for quarter.

U.S. construction spending dips 1.7 percent in March
Private construction spending slips 2.1 percent for month; public spending holds steady over February.

Hammerhead shark king completes 10th anniversary chess set
All instructions, tool list and design files are now available.