October 2010 News

Video News: St. Louis road tests smog-eating concrete
St. Louis roads are first in U.S. to be paved with smog-eating concrete.

GSA raises green standards for new federal buildings
New buildings and renovations must now meet LEED Gold standards.

New residential sales climb in September
But continue to trail 2009 rate.

Exclusive: Getting Maximum Productivity from Portable Magnetic Drills
Hougen discusses types of drills and cutters and how to use them most effectively.

Swanson Launches Social Media Sites
Debuts social media effort on four sites.

Wacker Neuson to hold Trowel Challenge at 2011 World of Concrete
Third annual Trowel Challenge competition will take place during the World of Concrete, January 18-21, 2011, Las Vegas.

Trimble Introduces Accubid Estimating Version 5 for Electrical Contractors
Spec-driven modular estimating software sets new standard for electrical estimating.

Existing Home Sales Jump in September
Existing home sales rose 10% in September, affirming that a sales recovery has begun, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Ingersoll Rand sales up 8 percent
Ingersoll Rand reported revenues of $3.73 billion in the third quarter, up 8 percent compared with 2009.

Winware to launch CribMaster PADD Portable Asset Dispensing Device at STAFDA
Live PADD demos will run at Booth 622. 

Stanley Black & Decker revenues up 11 percent
Stanley Black & Decker said its third quarter revenues Increased by 11 percent to $2.4 billion, with organic revenues gaining 8 percent.

Flip Screen USA Announces Bigwood as President
Will lead new U.S. division of award-winning screening attachment manufacturer.

ITW Dymon Issues New Safety Products Brochure
Features hand hygiene, outdoor worker protection, PPE/work area hygiene and security marking products.

Residential construction limps along in September
Single family housing starts climb 4.4 percent but other metrics disappoint.

RSC Equipment Rental Announces Companywide Used Equipment Sale
Event is set for Thursday, October 28.

STAFDA Travel ALERT: Hotel scammers continue to target STAFDA attendees
Companies continue to offer "STAFDA Convention" hotel rooms at full price. Rooms in STAFDA's real discounted blocks are nearly gone.

Senco launches re-designed Web site
Features updated content and easier access to product, fastener and project information.

Sphere 1 adds new distributor and preferred supplier members
Lee's Tools and Generac join cooperative.

Ohio Power Tool unveils new Bosch System Specialists program
Distributor is chosen to be one of first Bosch boutique stores in the country.

Generac and Honeywell sign deal for standby generators
Generac will produce standby generators for Honeywell through 2015. 

Bosch and Perceptron Announce Partnership
Will develop optically-enhanced measuring tools.

Construction employment near 14-year low
Sector unemployment climbs to 17.2 percent.

White House ends moratorium on deepwater oil drilling
The Obama administration has lifted a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling that was imposed after a BP well explosion caused the worst spill in U.S. history.

Engineers close to Swiss Alps tunnel breakthrough after 14 years
After 14 years of drilling beneath the Swiss Alps, engineers are finally poised to make a breakthrough as they aim to create the world's longest railway tunnel.

Federal report: Neglected infrastructure is hurting construction firms and costing jobs
Treasury Department report details how underinvestment in transportation explains why construction firms are losing billions to congestion and shedding tens of thousands of jobs.

Chilean miners surface after 2 months underground
The 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months are finally being winched, one by one, to the surface, where they are being greeted by jubilant crowds and emotional family members.

Topcon's Jones new NE regional construction sales manager
Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) recently named Mark Jones as construction sales manager for the Northeast region.

Hitachi announces lifetime lithium ion tool warranty
New warranty is retroactive and applies to Lithium Ion tools purchased since their launch in August 2006.

RIDGID offers free wet/dry vacuum with Knaack /Weather Guard purchases
"Suck It Up!" promotion is valid for purchases of $500 or more made between October 1 and December 31, 2010.

Rayovac announces first industrial distributor award recipient
ORS NASCO wins award for distributor sales.

The home of the future?
Virginia Tech uses NCFI InsulStar spray foam insulation for "LUMENHAUS"; wins top European energy efficiency design competition.

Cintas shares fire safety tips during Fire Prevention Week
Free online emergency preparedness training available through October.

CSDA issues three best practice documents
Topics include Polished Concrete Floors, Green Construction and Hi-Cycle Concrete Cutting Equipment.