May 2019 News

Construction employment grew in 250 out of 358 metro areas between April 2018 and April 2019
Demand for work outpaces supply of workers. 

Sphere 1 celebrates 20 years and announces 2018 award winners
Attendees lauded award winning member companies and suppliers and paid tribute to former President & CEO of Sphere 1, Carol Shackelford, who founded Sphere 1.

Simpson Strong-Tie renews lead sponsorship for Habitat Strong
Habitat Strong is designed to promote the building of homes that are more durable, resilient and physically stronger.

MBW, Inc. announces new Engineering Manager
Christy Matuszewki brings MBW 20-plus years of engineering and management experience.

Motion Industries names John Watwood SVP — Southeast
Watwood has been with Motion Industries since 2008. 

PIP announces 600,000 square-foot DC in Mississippi
New facility will increase efficiencies and expand area employment.

Acme Tools names new director of store operations
Bob Feeley will be responsible for all 10 Upper Midwest stores.

Central Florida apartment building is red hot
Here's a fire no one is rushing to put out. 

New home sales dip 6.9 percent in April
Average sale price is $393,700.

BAHCO issues 2019 Industrial Metal Sawing Bandsaw Blades catalog
Catalog lists cutting solutions for machine shops, foundries, aerospace and general-purpose applications.

Evergreen honors top trainers
Winners include Bill Ley of JOBOX – Apex Tool Group and Jon Finch of Milwaukee Tool.

Roofr releases free satellite roof measurement tool
Roofr delivers cost-saving alternative to traditional measurement software.

Stanley Black & Decker to build Texas Craftsman plant
New plant will manufacture Craftsman mechanics tools; sockets, ratchets, wrenches and general sets.

Dodge: April construction starts retreat 15 percent
Nonbuilding construction and nonresidential building slide after sharp gains in March.

Melanie Bisson joins Grabber as National Sales Manager for LBM
Bisson joins Grabber from ROCKWOOL.

MSA Safety completes acquisition of Sierra Monitor Corp.
Sierra Monitor provides fixed gas and flame detection instruments and Industrial Internet of Things solutions. 

Weiler Abrasives donates $25,000 to Workshops for Warriors
Continued partnership builds on success of 2018 campaign. 

The Home Depot sales grow 5.7 percent YOY in Q1
Company predicts 3.3 percent sales growth in 2019.

Encore Wire celebrates 30th anniversary
Encore manufactures electrical building wire for commercial and industrial buildings, homes, apartments and manufactured housing. 

Steel King expands Quick Ship program
Wide range of products now available with 48-hour delivery.

Evergreen names Member and Supplier of the Year award winners
Colony Hardware is Tier 1 Member of the Year; Milwaukee Tool takes Tier 1 top Supplier honor.

Jorgensen Conveyors picks The Whittemore Co. for Midwestern representation
Whittemore will rep Jorgensen Conveyors in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Indiana.

Simpson Strong-Tie promotes Deck Safety Month
Company offers an updated online deck resource center.

Gear Keeper issues free 2019 Safety Engineer’s Guide to ANSI 121-Compliant Tool Tethering
New 16-page guide covers tether selection, usage and new ANSI 121 - Compliant tethering products.

JCB wins contracts to equip three Canadian government agencies
Large excavators and wheel loaders are valued at more than CAD 2.5 million.

Construction material prices continue to climb
ABC survey reports nearly 1 percent rise in material prices in April.

Strong Man opens new Miami DC
New 20,000 square-foot facility will enhance Strong Man's delivery efficiency to domestic and international customers.

Case Studies: Simpson Strong-Tie Timber SS screw keeps $8.7M Pismo Beach Pier project on track
Strong-Drive SDWS Timber SS Type 316 stainless-steel structural screws enabled timber decking work to be done in much less time than with traditional spikes and lag screws.

ABC Report: Safety best practices can make construction companies 680% safer
2019 Safety Performance Report shows that proactive safety practices can reduce recordable incidents by up to 85%.

National Safety Stand-Down kicks off with event in Texas
Acting Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt spoke at the construction site for the Texas Rangers' new stadium.

Weiler Abrasives kicks off 75th anniversary celebration
Company focuses on customers, coworkers and community as thanks for their support.

Rockler stores offer free wooden bow tie making class
"Make and Take" classes on June 8th are a gift making opportunity for Father's Day.

Kyocera to acquire SouthernCarlson
Kyocera Corporation has concluded an agreement to acquire 100 percent ownership of SouthernCarlson Inc., a distributor of tools, fasteners, packaging and facility supplies.

CSDA's St. Petersburg convention sets new records
Attendance soars 15 percent for best-ever main land U.S. event.

Calculated Industries introduces Construction Master EZ app for Android 
New app brings the power of Construction Master EZ to Android.

NAHB: 55+ housing market opens Q1 2019 with record high
Housing Market Index hits its highest point since its creation in 2008.

PaintLine to show new products at the National Hardware Show
New cabinet finishing solutions are featured in PaintLine Booth #4736 in Las Vegas, May 7-9

Exclusive: Four ways to future-proof your construction business
Contractors and distributors alike can utilize these strategies for adapting to today's market challenges. 

U.S. construction spending dips 0.9 percent in March
Nonresidential construction is the bright spot, ticking up 0.5 percent.