September 2017 News

Core & Main to acquire Minnesota Pipe & Equipment
MPE operates three branches, in Farmington, Rochester and St. Cloud. 

Rockford Systems and Master Lock form partnership
Alliance aims to accelerate safety adoption in manufacturing.

New home sales slide 3.4 percent in August
Lack of inventory clamps down new home market activity. 

Casella launches Airwave App for monitoring of dust and noise safety 
App enables users with mobile devices to remotely start, pause or stop measurement runs, monitor battery life and more.

ReWall doubles manufacturing capacity
ReWall manufactures roofing products and construction products from recycled materials.

Arrow Fastener launches “10 Weeks of Awesome" Giveaway
Event runs October 20 to December 22.

Digitool Solutions releases 2017/2018 product catalog
Catalog includes newest adjustable click style, digital torque and angle wrenches.

MiTek launches Hardy Frame special moment frame design tool 
Online design tool aids engineers who specify special moment frames.

Inventory seminar is set for Chicago
Inventory Management for Distributors is set for Nov. 2-3, 2017 at the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare.

Blogs: Keeping the job site warm, safe and productive
Electric heating solutions keep workers productive indoors or out.

Multifamily housing permits rise 5.7 percent in August 
Starts and completions and slide for month.

Eighth annual Sonnhalter tool drive raises $30,000
Donations for Habitat for Humanity total $220,000 since 2010.

Updated guide to surviving Amazon Business
Dick Friedman's new guide is available for free download.

Apex Tool Group donates to Harvey and Irma relief
GearWrench, Crescent, Wiss and Lufkin Tools are donated to Harvey, Irma relief; Texas warehouse is loaned to recovery effort.

Atlas Copco Construction appoints 3 VPs/Business line managers 
Rob Johnston, Jim O’Brien and Massimo Caiazza are based in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Another STAFDA convention scam appears
New email scam "offers" STAFDA convention attendee list.

Jeff Campbell named Apex Tool VP
Joins Apex from Wernerco.

Dodge Momentum Index slips in August
Commercial activity drops 8.7 percent as institutional rises 7.3 percent.

Mayhew Tools teams up with racecar driver Bobby Santos III
Inks sponsorship deal with United States Auto Club Silver Crown Series and King of the Wing National Sprint Car Series.

JLG opens Charlotte area service center
Center will inspect, maintain, and repair all brands of lift and access equipment.

Arkema publishes new Guide Specifications for field-applied fluoropolymer coatings
Two 14-page guides cover cool roof and façade restoration applications.

Topcon adds Pacific Northwest distributor to Solutions Store network
PPI Group adds Portland, Oregon and Kent, Washington stores to Topcon network.

L.B. White announces ownership change
Private equity firm Mason Wells acquires company. 

STAFDA convention relocates to Phoenix for 2018
City of Phoenix comes to the rescue after Denver reneges on convention contract. 

Thompson Pump readies emergency response team
Company braces for Hurricane Irma emergencies. 

DPA buying group names Reycroft VP of Public Safety
Don Reycroft joins DPA from Avon Protection Systems.

Rockler kicks off project season
Make-and-Take classes will run through October. 

Atlas Copco names Marion VP – Canada
Mike Marion steps up from VP and Business Line Manager – Construction Tools Division.

Experts: Bad design, building caused dangers at Oroville Dam
If we knew then what we know now.

Florida readies for Hurricane Irma
Florida Power & Light mobilizes as Category 5 storm nears. 

OSHA: Keeping workers safe during disaster cleanup and recovery
New Fact Sheet offers tips for worker safety in disaster areas. 

24 states in online sales tax amnesty program
Voluntary disclosure program ends on October 17.

Construction industry adds 28,000 jobs in August
Contractors cite wide-spread difficulty finding experienced workers.

U.S. construction spending coasts in July
All sectors trend slightly down or level for the month.