October 2018 News

Motion Industries names new Product Sales Manager

Hal Midkiff becomes Product Sales Manager, Process Pumps and Equipment.

Carlstar introduces Student Loan Repayment benefit for employees

Carlstar will supplement eligible employees’ regular student loan payments with a monthly contribution through a managed program.

U.S. LBM names John Gorczynski VP of exterior products

Industry veteran Gorczynski joins U.S. LBM from GAF.

Dorner names Darren McKune RSM for Southeastern U.S.

McKune will serve Dorner customers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. 

BOL lists most strenuous jobs

No surprise: Construction tops the list.

Construction adds 23,000 jobs in September

Industry has gained 315,000 jobs so far this year. 

Dodge: Construction starts in 2019 will pace 2018 levels

Dodge Outlook Report predicts deceleration in total construction growth will continue, reflecting a mixed pattern by project type.

Metabo HPT launches new MultiVolt tool line

New corded/cordless tool platform launches with 15 tools to start.

New home sales slide 5.5 percent in September

Average sales price was $377,200; NAHB cites affordability issues. 

Zurn names Richard Bledsoe Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Bledsoe joins Zurn from Tyco SimplexGrinnell.

U.S. DOL announces proposal to help small businesses create 401K programs for employees

Proposed rule would make it easier for small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their workers through Association Retirement Plans.

Rex-Cut Abrasives invests nearly $1M in capital equipment

New abrasive material manufacturing line will increase efficiency and productivity.

NetPlus Alliance names distributor and supplier of the year

Award winners are feted at group's annual meeting.

Single-family housing permits lead a soft month in September

Single-family permits rise 2.9 percent for month; housing starts drop 5.3 percent. 

Blount International acquires Merit

Blount International owns the ICS brand of concrete cutting equipment and is the exclusive distributor of Pentruder wall saws and wire saws.

MRA issues repair and rebuilding warning in hurricane aftermath

Quality metal roofs offer top protection in severe weather, if homeowners do their homework.

OSHA launches program to target high injury and illness rates

Site-Specific Targeting program will target high-injury-rate companies for inspection.

Rockler to hold nationwide pen turning classes to benefit veterans

All proceeds from November 10 event will be donated to the National Veterans Foundation.

Correction: Durabilt by Durbin / Durabilt Dyvex Inc.

Durabilt products are owned by Durbin, headquartered in Broadview, Illinois.

Schwalm USA moves into larger facility to support growth

New 18,000-square-foot facility will house expanded office and warehouse operations. 

Topcon releases MAGNET Collage version 2

New features include automated ground surface extraction, point cloud density color mapping and more.

Q4 Economic Outlook forecasts 7.9% growth in equipment and software in 2018

Report predicts construction investment will hold steady through the rest of the year. 

Case Law: State Supreme Court rules that CGL policies do not cover faulty subcontractor work

Ohio Supreme Court rules that a commercial general liability (CGL) policy, even with a products-completed operations-hazard clause, does not cover faulty work performed by a subcontractor that results in property damage.

Rockler wins three product innovation awards

Pro lift, convertible benchtop router table and Lock-Align drawer organizer system earn high marks.

New Festool CT CYCLONE pre-separator is now available

Pre-separator reduces the need for dust bags and improves performance of Festool CT dust extractors.

Lithonia Lighting launches new website

Offers enhanced tools to help commercial, industrial, institutional and residential customers select lighting products.

New recycling "seal of approval"

Terracycle recycles "nonrecyclable" waste in 20 countries.

Big Wood: 21-story wood timber building proposed for Milwaukee

Timber frame apartment tower would be the tallest mass timber building in the western hemisphere.

AGC: Construction sector adds 23,000 jobs in September

Hourly pay exceeds $30 an hour in tight labor market. 

Proxibid announces online bidding for 200 equipment auctions 

More than 15,000 pieces of heavy construction equipment and farm machinery and implements are available on Proxibid.

Southwire’s Hans Meiring announces retirement

Kathleen Edge and Kelly Park earn promotions.

Thomas Paulsen joins Wildeck as CFO

Paulsen brings 15 years of CFO experience to Wildeck. 

Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13

The NFPA and municipal Fire Departments encourage residents to “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”

Adenna and NuTrend announce merger

New entity combines leading glove, hand protection and infection control products manufacturers.

ClarkDietrich begins brand integration effort

Vinyl Corp. and Strait-Flex brands will be realigned under new corporate umbrella.

F.W. Webb opens first stores in New York City

Webb acquires Palace Plumbing & Heating Supply locations in Manhattan and the Bronx. 

OSHA updates trenching and excavation safety program

National Emphasis Program (NEP) aims to prevent trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in fatalities.

Amazon breaks ground on $325 million Alabama fulfillment center

855,000-square-foot facility will support 1,500 jobs.

HD announces innovation award winners and promotion

Makita takes top tool honors; Milwaukee, Klein and PrimeSource are Supplier Partners of the year.

Radians North Carolina garment manufacturing facility completes new warehouse

Company also converts 10,000 square feet of former warehouse to manufacturing. 

Rockler introduces six new cribbage board template sets

Two- and three-player options are available in two sizes.

Aeroseal and Owens Corning partner to offer a new building envelope solution

Alliance touts "breakthrough" thermal and air sealing envelope solution for residential builders. 

Milwaukee Tool acquires Imperial Blades

Based in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Imperial Blades was founded in 2008. 

MAX USA hires new North Texas regional sales associate

Johnatan “John” Barrozo brings 15 years of construction industry experience to new role.