September 2016 News

Hispanics will make up nearly 20 percent of the labor force in 2024
In 2014, the Hispanic labor force had risen to 25.4 million workers, 16.3 percent of the total U.S. labor force.

MAX USA hires new Midwest Product Specialist
Cliff Tucker has over 25 years of experience in the wood flooring distribution business.

Radco names Scott Mondi new account manager
Mondi will focus on serving military customers.

Shurtape welcomes new SVP of sales
Rob DeVries joins Shurtape from Apex Tool Group.

Blogs: Construction Marketing 101
Bartell Morrison presents tips for identifying and cultivating prospective customers.

Bon Tool acquires Spray Sok, Inc.
Production of popular protective head covers will continue uninterrupted.

Mortar Net Solutions' Steven Fechino enters Hall of Fame
National Masonry Instructors Association selects Fechino for Hall of Fame induction.

NAWIC installs 2016-2017 national president and Board members
Connie M. Leipard, CIT leads National Association of Women in Construction.

Ericson to exhibit at NECA
NECA show is set for Oct. 8-10 in Boston. 

Housing starts slide in August
But single-family permits climb 3.7 percent, signalling ongoing demand.

Hyundai Heavy Industries and CNH Industrial ink deal for mini-excavators
Ten-year deal allows CNH Industrial to market mini excavators for Hyundai.

Airmaster names new director of sales and marketing
Airmaster, a manufacturer of air circulation and ventilation fan solutions, named Greg W. Helbling as its director of sales and marketing.

Southwire acquires United Copper Industries
United Copper is the third largest manufacturer of building wire in the United States.

Plasticade hires new Midwest RSM
Vlad Kotel will serve traffic safety customers across the midwest. 

Klein Tools pledges $2 million to training programs
Klein partners with IBEW-NECA and the Electrical Training Alliance for training and educational programs.

Lackmond welcomes back Erric Jackson as Southeast RSM
Jackson returns to the region he once served.

Airmaster names HVAC sales director
Robert Zellhoefer becomes director of HVAC sales. 

Blogs: CFM vs. water lift in dust extraction equipment
Bartell's Josh Locke discusses their real-world meaning.

BANG! 3M offers free webinar on impulse noise hazards
Webinar is set for Thursday, Sept. 22 at noon CST.

Ericson appoints John Ericson III as new president
Ericson steps up from operations manager in fourth generation family company.

New features highlight CIHS 2016
The China International Hardware Show runs Oct. 21-23 in Shanghai.

Mechanix Wear names Michael Hale CEO
Former CEO James Hale assumes titles of Founder and Chairman of the Board. 

Exclusive: Returning hazardous goods
How to return dangerous goods safely.

Lackmond appoints Scott McCoy West Coast Territory Manager
McCoy joins Lackmond from Tajima.

HD Supply releases Q2 2016 results
Sales rise 4.1 percent in quarter; projects 3 to 6 percent growth for year.

Task Tools founder Michael Oswald Caplan passes away
Caplan emigrated to Canada from England and worked on the country's Distant Early Warning radar system before launching Task Tools.

Rockler launches gift-making season with classes
"Make and Take" project classes will be offered at Rockler stores and online.

Study shows 60 percent of OPE dealers will sell propane equipment within three years
Currently, one quarter of dealers surveyed offer commercial propane mowers.

KKR acquires Epicor
Investment group plans to expand Epicor's international scope.

Flowcrete Canada opens new Vancouver DC
New 4,000 square-foot center will be a regional hub for Flowcrete polymer flooring materials and specialty coatings.

Parksite appoints Jim Coulter to Director of Supply Chain
Coulter moves up to head 10-store group's supply chain.

Pioneer Equipment Company becomes Barko dealer 
Pioneer will carry Barko forestry line in Wisconsin and Michigan. 

Wanco names Pam Meyer NSM

Meyer joins Wanco from Subaru Industrial Power Products. 

Lackmond Products Canada appoints Kevin Sullivan RSM
Sullivan brings 25 years of industry experience to Lackmond Canada. 

OSHA appoints new construction director
Dean McKenzie has been with OSHA for seven years.