November 2017 News

DensElement Barrier System is NFPA 285 compliance with EIFS
Independent testing shows that DensElement can replace exterior gypsum sheathing in approved EIFS designs.

Milwaukee Tool expands in three Mississippi locations
Expansion will create over 600 new jobs.

Point of Rental named to SMU Cox Dallas 100
Award highlights rental software provider’s recent growth.

STAFDA elects 2018 officers
Michelle St. John is named STAFDA president; Sean Baird becomes vice president.

International Hardware Fair Cologne: Let's get connected
The 2018 show trends toward more digital interconnectivity between exhibitors, attendees and products. 

JLG launches ANSI 92 educational site
New site will help customers understand updated standards on machine design, safe use and training.

SC Fastening Systems launches new website
New site has easier navigation, ordering functions and services.

Viega's Joe Pikus adds government, healthcare and hotels to his plate
Current director of business development has been with Viega since 2003.

Microsoft announces huge expansion of Redmond HQ
Expanson will add space for 8,000 more employees and add green spaces.

Milwaukee Tool nears completion of $33 million expansion
New 230,000-square-foot facility is expected to create nearly 500 jobs.

Wildeck announces full integration of Ladder Industries
Rebranding adds access products to expanding portfolio of Wildeck products.

Topcon presents at Autodesk University
Session covers cloud point data management for concrete slab pours. 

CEDIA Technology pavilion returns to IBS/ Design & Construction Week
CEDIA pavilion will house exhibitors who specialize in home technology solutions.

Construction employment rises in 41 states from October 2016 to October 2017 
26 states added construction jobs from September to October 2017.

Greg Drouillard receives lifetime achievement award
STAFDA's 2007 president is recognized for a lifetime of industry contribution.

New home construction starts climb 13.7 percent in October 
Permits rise 5.9 percent and completions climb 12.6 percent for month. 

US Wire & Cable acquires Voltec
Industry leaders join forces to become leading power source provider.

In Memoriam: Morrie Halvorsen passes away
STAFDA’s first executive director passes away at age 86.

Industry veteran Michael Terrell passes away
Former Cleveland Twist Drill, Warren Tool and EvenCut Abrasives executive died on November 11, 2017.

Husqvarna breaks ground on new warehouse in Arkansas
350,000-square-foot facility will serve as a staging area for several Husqvarna brands.

Fastenal posts big October sales gain
Fastenal reported sales in October of $399.7 million, a 19.2 percent increase from $335.3 million in October 2016.

The Home Depot sales climb 8.1 percent in Q3
Sales of $25 billion for quarter take a $252 million hit from hurricanes.

Company plans hyperloop test track near Denver
System could move passengers and cargo at speeds exceeding 700 mph.

Channellock announces partnership with Homes For Our Troops
Homes For Our Troops builds and donates custom homes to injured veterans.

Simpson Strong-Tie launches blog for contractors
New resource  provides insights to help construction professionals design and build safer, stronger structures.

L.H. Dottie names new NSM
Roger Smith steps up from Western RSM. 

Weed at work: NAHB issues employer policy suggestions
"A Builder’s Guide: Marijuana in the Workplace" includes a compilation of state laws and tips for creating workplace policies.

CIHS 2017 sets new industry benchmark
Shanghai hardware show draws 50,000.

House passes Joint Employer bill
Bill will restore business protections from potential legal liability for subcontractors they do not employ or control.

MiTek publishes Hardy Frame Prescriptive Design Guide
Offers alternative braced-wall solutions with HFX panels that comply with 2015 IRC.

Radians joins hurricane relief efforts
Companies join forces to assist recovery efforts.

Distribution One releases Dashboard Data Analytics
New ERP ONE+ application generates real-time data analytics for measuring business functions. 

ISO issues new mine accident classifications
New ISO 19434:2017 establishes a classification of mine accidents by origin or causes, type of accident and by results or consequences.

Bookmark it: DOE’s Solution Center: A builder’s best friend
DOE resource contains 250 best practice guides on efficient home construction. 

Dodge Momentum Index recovers in October
Commercial Index advances 16.8 percent for month; Institutional climbs 8.3 percent.

Exclusive: Dual technology exit signs
By combining LEDs and photoluminescence in one unit, exit signs deliver reliable, maintenance-free operation for decades.

PrimeSource to release new products at STAFDA convention
New Grip-Rite and Pro-Twist products will debut at show.

Justrite acquires First Safety
Manufacturer of gas cylinder handling equipment expands Justrite's product portfolio.

Dodge Data: New construction starts in 2018 will grow 3 percent
Next year's projected spend should hit $765 billion. 

Next Wave Automation issues commemorative chess set plans
Free plans are part of Next Wave's 10th anniversary celebration.

Kett Tool will demonstrate saws, shears and nibblers at STAFDA
Expansive Kett product line to be on display at booth 1145.

QUIKRETE launches QUIKChat online customer engagement tool 
Live website engagement tool provides timely resolution to inquiries.

Has the labor shortage reached ‘Crisis’ status?
Builders across the country are struggling to find enough skilled laborers and there's no end in sight.

5 surefire ways to increase B2B online leads and sales
These steps will sharpen your B2B marketing efforts and improve your results.

Atlas Roofing promotes Tim Milroy to Director of Sales
Milroy moves up from Midwest Regional Manager.

ERB Safety names Lorkowski new Great Lakes RSM
Paul Lorkowski brings 15 years of experience to new role.