October 2015 News

U.S. construction inches up in September
Private construction spending rises just 0.6 percent; public edges up 0.7 percent for month.

Labor shortage chokes construction industry
While building activity increased, construction jobs declined between September 2014 and September 2015.

Atlas Copco appoints VP of Construction Service Division
Jamie Roush has been with Atlas Copco for seven years.

CSDA gears up for 2016 Convention
Event is set for March 8-12, 2016 in Palm Desert, California.

Streamlight Nano Light Benefits American Diabetes Association
A portion of each sale will benefit ADA research foundation.

ECi RockSolid Integrates with Point-of-Rental
Integration will deliver streamlined operations for customers who offer retail and rental inventory.

Worldwide Protective Products partners with Dyneema
Adds Dyneema Diamond Technology to protective gloves portfolio.

Zipp Tool seeks U.S. distributors
Chinese fastening and abrasive tool manufacturer invites new distributors. 

Simpson Strong-Tie supports Solar Decathlon
Donates cash and products to teams. 

New single-family home sales slide 11.5 percent in September
Existing-home sales rise 4.7 percent.

Duracell partners with American Red Cross
Partnership encourages businesses and organizations to improve emergency readiness plans.

Acme Tools now accepts PayPal
PayPal simplifies online and mobile checkout process.

NOAA issues 2015-2016 winter weather forecast
Predicts warmer, dryer winter in the North, cooler and wetter in the South and West.

LIQUID NAILS launches vocational training program
Tech school program is launched at Medina County Career Center in Ohio.

Exclusive: Router bit design and selection
Factors that impact router bit quality.

SOLEC launches new website
Solar heat reflecting and absorbing coatings manufacturer introduces new site.

Equipment leasing industry confidence eases again in October
Demand is seen as consistent but not stellar.

Southwire MC-PCS Duo cable Wins NECA Showstopper Award
Product offers all-in-one solution for power and control or signal.

ERB names Ben Jezek South Central RSM
Jezek is based in Denton, Texas.

Dodge: Construction starts slip 5 percent in September
Nonresidential building and housing lose momentum.

Multi-family housing starts rise 6.5 percent in September
Completions rise 7.5 percent, but permits dip for month.

IronPlanet announces first Cat auction in Canada
Sale is set for October 21 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Gateway Safety wins product award
Wins first place for vision protection in 2015 OH&S New Product of the Year awards.

Fastenal names new CEO
Daniel Florness takes helm January 1, 2016.

Klein Tools announces 2015 Electrician of the Year
Joey Hall of Somerset, KY receives a custom F-150 XLT Crew Cab truck.

Guardair appoints new director of sales
Nikki Vazeos will lead sales team for all company brands.

IronPlanet marks first year of GovPlanet marketplace
GovPlanet holds first two-day sale, adds sellers and expands to Europe.

Atlas Copco offers dealer training program
Program covers product knowledge, marketing tools, financing and equipment maintenance.

Reelcraft expands Quick Ship Program
More products and deeper inventory levels are now available to ship from Indiana and California.

NAW publishes new M&A book for distributors
Available now: Mergers and Acquisitions for Distributors: Expert Advice for Buyers and Sellers

Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions goes solar
Hyde Tools subsidiary ads 338 kW solar system to plant.

2016 Cologne Hardware Fair co-locates with IAW Show
IAW is the International Trade Fair for Retail Promotions and Imports.

Pinnacle Products acquires Schaefer Ventilation
Schaefer heating, cooling and ventilation products join Pinnacle portfolio.

Premier Building Solutions adds to R&D team
Jeff Graves was senior research chemist at Henkel.

Western Specialty Contractors names new branch manager
Jason Holtman becomes manager of St. Louis Masonry Restoration branch.

STIHL Virginia wins national award
Company receives National Business of the Year Award.

G&G LED Lighting expands HQ and Manufacturing
New 6,500-square-foot facility in Albany enables greater capacity and product line growth.

Simpson Strong-Tie wins innovation award
Quik Drive BSD200 structural steel decking system takes honors.

Fastenal to acquire Fasteners Inc.
Spokane-based company has 13 stores and $36 million in revenues.

Lackmond appoints Westin Moe RSM
Moe has been with Lackmond since 2010.

NCCER launches campaign to hire military veterans
Hard Hat Heroes campaign will assist in recruiting, training and hiring veterans for construction careers.

MAX USA hires new southeast RSM
Dan Durant is based in Huntersville, NC.

Weinacht & Associates announces 35th year in business
Agency has been providing cutting edge representation since 1980.

Bosch sponsors snocrosser Tucker Hibbert
Leaders join forces for racer’s 2015-16 season; Bosch official power tools sponsor.

IronPlanet wins contract to sell Hwy 99 equipment 
Will sell construction equipment from Houston's Grand Parkway State Highway 99 project.

ELFA lowers Q4 economic outlook to 4.1%
Equipment and software investment growth is revised down from July's predicted 5 percent.

August construction spending hits seven-year high
Hits highest level since 2008 and fastest growth since 2006.

STIHL raises $67,000 for injured veterans
Foundation supports veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

ACI publishes code guide for building repair
Guide to the Code for Evaluation, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Concrete Buildings.

JCB government and defense division moves to U.S.
Global division relocates from England to Savannah, Ga.

The next 2x4?
Thermoplastic-mineral composite boards are lighter and more durable than wood.

Walter issues white paper on abrasives cost savings
Paper helps distributors and end-users analyse and document cost savings for abrasive products.

PFERD names new marketing manager
Maria Cartier joins PFERD from Walter USA.

Festool wins innovation awards
TSC Cordless Track Saw and BHC Rotary Hammer take honors in competitive 18V categories.

Epicor names new international executive VP
Sabby Gill Gill joins Epicor from International Gaming Technology.

Surface Shields and Poly-Tak announce merger
Surface protection and dust containment alliance increases resources and distribution capabilities.

Dot Foods acquires Grabber Construction Products
Nation's largest food distributor adds Grabber to portfolio.