September 2019 News

Christopher Berg becomes President and CEO of Metabo U.S. and Canada
Berg replaces Joe Smith, who is retiring. 

Everwin SN50S5-A stapler wins innovation award
Stapler's speed control can be adjusted to shoot faster as user skill improves. 

Mortar Net Solutions presents scholarships to benefit masonry students
Company awards scholarships to students at the National Masonry Instructors Association’s Annual Conference.

Viega PEX fittings earn ASTM certification
PureFlow Press system fittings are now certified to meet ASTM F3347 and F3348 standards.

Green Badger announces enhanced functions for LEED v4.1 compliance
LEED documentation software offers contractors solution for the latest version of the green construction rating system.

New home sales rise 7.1 percent in August
Average sales price is $404,200.

New report reveals “Data Ownership Battle” between project owners and contractors
Both owners and contractors recognize advantages of connected platform.

HD Supply to split into two companies
Facilities Maintenance and Construction & Industrial businesses will become two independent companies.

Channellock announces 2019 Trade School Trade-up winners
Ladysmith High School in Ladysmith, Wisconsin wins first prize.

Thomas survey shows strong preference for America brands
Second annual Manufacturing Perception Report shows 62 percent of respondents prefer to buy products made in America. 

Viega promotes Greg Palmer
Recent hire to head new Florida region.

Case Studies: Jergens Industrial Supply improves productivity 30% with Epicor Prophet 21
Distributor experiences 30% increase in productivity and millions of dollars in cost savings after implementing IoT Express reorder buttons.

Topcon introduces technology advancements in inspection and monitoring
Solutions designed to improve long-term structural health.

Commercial Construction Index shows record optimism
Amid peak hurricane season, contractors share perception of resilient building.

Job Sites: The world’s tallest residential building, Central Park Tower, tops out at 1,550 feet
Building will house a seven-story Nordstrom store and 179 luxury condos.

U.S. housing construction surges in August
Permits climb 7.7 percent and starts grow 12.3 percent for month.

PaintLine products now available at
Growing distribution network expands with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware.

Fecon names new CEO as founder retires
Bob Dieckman will replace retiring CEO and founder John Heekin.

Dodge Momentum Index moves lower in August
Year-over-year, the Index is 10.3% below August 2018, suggesting a slowdown as the year ends.

U.S. plywood producers file suit over Brazilian wood certifications
Suit claims that 35 Brazilian plants falsely claim their plywood meets U.S. PS 1-09 structural standards.

Mortar Net Solutions presents scholarships to masonry students
Awards scholarships to four students at NMIA annual conference.

ABC: Monthly and yearly construction input prices drop in August
Overall construction input prices fell 0.6% for the month and 0.9% year over year.

Wildeck, Inc. wins 2019 elevator industry award
Takes First Place in “Best Supplier – Special Application Lifts” category.

Ameristar Perimeter Security earns SAFETY Act certification for active and passive barriers and bollards
Certification places Ameristar's active and passive anti-ram barriers on the "Approved Product list for Homeland Security." 

High Road Capital Partners acquires Specialized Builder’s Hardware
Deal marks fifth acquisition by High Road in the hardware space.

U.S. construction spending trends mostly flat in July
Year-over-year total spending trends down 2.1 percent compared to 2018.

1Shot Steel Stud Anchor adds new stocking rep
Fastool Warehouse, Inc., Atlanta, now stocks 1Shot line.

Superior Abrasives announces personnel appointments
Tom Licata becomes Western National Sales Manager; Richard Pepera becomes Eastern National Sales Manager.

Dodge Data & Analytics names Richard Branch as New Chief Economist
Veteran economist to lead Dodge in tracking, analyzing and forecasting construction activity. 

Cool Stories: Concrete From Outer Space!
OK, would you believe concrete made in outer space?

ABC: Nonresidential construction spending slips in July
Category dips 0.3 percent to $776 billion on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis.

Yanmar to Acquire ASV
ASV manufacturers compact construction equipment.

Makinex Celebrates Customer Appreciation Month
Makinex will host customer events and an open house this month.

Crosby’s Straightpoint adds Alex Hopper to Inside Sales Team
Hopper joins Strainghtpoint from the UK’s National Health Service.

Metabo HPT to name Robert Pjevach CEO
Joe Leffler will become COO.