September 2018 News

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

Weldcote Metals opens new manufacturing facility
Weldcote serves welding supply distributors in the U.S. and worldwide.

Equity group acquires Meek’s Lumber Company
Meek’s has 48 locations in Arkansas, California, Missouri and Nevada.

U.S. new home sales climb 3.5 percent in August
Average selling price is $388,000.

HD rolls out express local delivery in 35 markets
Same-day and next-day local delivery targets DIY and pro customers.

Simpson Strong-Tie donates $15,000 for Hurricane Florence relief
Donation calls attention to ongoing need for disaster relief.

Huttig Building Products promotes Philip Keipp to VP, CFO
Keipp has been with Huttig since 2009.

Koetter Construction Supply joins SouthernCarlson, Inc.
Oklahoma-based Koetter Construction Supply distributes fasteners and fastening equipment. 

BSW offers webinar on ERP software
ERP Software 101: Back to Basics is set for October 10.

Seminar: Inventory Management for Distributors
November 15-16, 2018, Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare.

IFS appoints Christian Pedersen as Chief Product Officer
Christian Pedersen joins IFS from SAP, having previously run Microsoft’s ERP business.

Dynamic Systems introduces stand-alone mobile inventory App
New barcode App is designed for wholesalers, Processors, Distributors, Importers and Exporters.

ESAB changes Sandvik Welding Consumables name to Exaton
New name reflects ownership change and brand realignment.

IFS picks Gabrielle Deeny as Global Head of Alliances and Channels 
Deeny brings extensive Forbes Global 2000 industry experience to IFS.

BJM Pumps launches new look and website
New logo and website represent major investment in sales staff, CRM systems and marketing plans to drive growth. 

NAHB: Chinese tariffs act as a $1 billion tax hike on housing, could jump to $2.5 billion
U.S. homebuilders used $21.4 billion in Chinese construction products in 2017.

Housing starts and completions lead residential building in August
Privately-owned starts climb 9.2 percent for month, including a 1.9 percent increase in single-family building. 

World of Concrete 2019 registration opens
Show is set for January 22-25 in Las Vegas. 

Festool announces "Trade Up to Festool" campaign
First-ever promotion of 55-series saws and plunge routers.

Construction employment retains momentum in August
U.S. adds 23,000 jobs in August; trend grows 4.3 percent over this time last year.

Andreas Wiggenhagen named Kemper System America CEO
Wiggenhagen has been with Kemper System since 2009.

CGW announces Mike Sullivan as president 
Sullivan joins CGW from United Abrasives/SAIT.

Report: Workforce shortages increase safety risks in commercial construction industry 
Contractors identify strong safety programs as means to address skilled labor scarcity and substance abuse.

Q.E.P. to acquire Kraus Group assets
Carpet and flooring manufacturer has offices in Canada and Seattle.

JCB acquires West Coast dealership 
Company buys five-branch JCB of Southern California.

Senators seek fair resolution of lumber trade dispute
A dozen Republican and Democratic senators join the NAHB in joint letter to White House.

Rockler kicks off project season with “Make-and-Take” classes
Sessions scheduled nationwide throughout October.

Motion Industries names new VP of marketing
Pamela Sims has been with company since 2004.

Topcon introduces new software for UAV inspections 
System facilitates data processing for drone-powered infrastructure inspections.

U.S. construction spending barely moves the needle in July
School construction leads the industry with just 2.1 percent improvement month over month. 

White Papers: Black Ink releases Independent Dealer Development Report 
New report looks at factors limiting distribution channel practitioners. 

U.S. LBM acquires Blevins Building Supply
Adds specialty building materials distributor in North Carolina and Virginia.

NCCER: The U.S. must revitalize workforce development
The average age of a crafts professional today is 47 years old. 

PIP Global names new COO
Thomas Fry joins PIP from Danaher.

Klein Tools acquires Ergodyne
Combined resources and expertise will bring more innovative products to tradespeople.