Industry News

The latest news for the construction supply channel, including distributors, suppliers and manufacturer's rep firms.

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Leading tool manufacturers reaffirm plans for the International Hardware Fair Cologne

International and German health authorities recommend preventive measures but currently see no reason to restrict major events in Germany.

Stellar Industries adds Curry Supply as Arizona and New Mexico distributor

Curry will offers the full line of Stellar TMAX Service Bodies and both heavy and light-duty telescopic service cranes.

Exclusive: Eight ways to secure top talent without offering more salary

A little creativity when recruiting can land you star performers for less than stellar money.

B2W Software releases survey results on heavy construction scheduling and dispatching

Contractors give insight on challenges, goals and technologies used to manage workflow.

MRA kicks off trade competition for best residential roofing projects

Competition is open to residential metal roofing projects in the U.S. and Canada.

Mortar Net Solutions expands masonry scholarship program

Mortar Net Solutions will award 20 financial need-based scholarships and more than $1,000 in tools to masonry students in 2020.

World of Concrete 2020 closes out with 54,000 attendees

Onsite bookings for 2021 space presage a doorbuster show next year. 

U.S. housing permits leap 9.2 percent in January

Single family permits surge 6.4 percent for month.

Beacon names Knisely chairman

Beacon announced that Philip W. Knisely has been appointed chairman of the board, succeeding Robert R. Buck, who retired as chairman but continues as a director.

Dodge Momentum Index starts 2020 on the downside

Index decline of 2.7 percent is due to an 11 percent drop in institutional building.

Infor acquired by Koch Industries

Subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc. to acquire the remaining equity stake in Infor held by Golden Gate Capital.

Case Studies: Americold and Steel King partner on extreme makeover of refrigerated warehouse racking

Rolling install increases storage space and load capacity and enables facility to maintain ongoing operations.

JCB to showcase new loaders, excavators and generators at ARA show

Company will launch new trailer-mounted RS generators and several new loaders. 

Tulsa Winch Group appoints Arjun Mirdha president

Mirdha joins TWG from Terex Corporation.

T. J. Bland promoted to President of Adhesives Technology Corporation

Hart McIntyre transitions to consulting role with parent Meridian Adhesives Group.

Build Your Future Shipbuilding established to address workforce shortages

Program connects students and professionals in the industry to help bridge the skills gap and provide career paths.

Grabber partners with ClarkDietrich to offer Strait-Flex corner bead products

The Strait-Flex product line includes Paper-Faced Composite and Full-Composite Corner Beads and Trims.

Coxreels issues new Electrical Product Catalog

New catalog features Coxreels' entire lineup of reels and accessories.

Briggs & Stratton to launch Vanguard Commercial Lithium Ion battery pack at ARA show

Company will also feature its entire lineup of new single-cylinder horizontal shaft engines.

QA1 enters new era with state-of-the-art facility

New building has over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing, office and distribution space.

Dodge: Influence of Supervisors on Construction Safety Rises

Jobsite workers continue to be a critical part of safety programs, and new data show that construction firms rely on the leadership of their supervisors to improve safety.

Now see this: Smart traffic cones are here

SmartCone technology an adaptable job site safety tool.

PCA launches Shaped by Concrete educational campaign

Campaign aims to increase awareness of the sustainability, resiliency and durability of concrete made with cement. 

Ritchie Bros. to hold  massive auction February 17-22 in Orlando

More than 11,000 pieces of equipment will sell with no reserve.

Hypertherm to donate equipment 12 North American schools

Company will award 12 Powermax systems as part of its Spark Something Great grant program.

Exclusive: Safety software can attract younger workers to construction jobs

Top-line digital solutions can create safer construction workplaces by simplifying work and task management and enabling collaboration and communication.

New Technologies: The Faith Group discovers revolutionary solution for affordable workforce housing

Company brings Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) to the U.S.

McNeilus celebrates 50 years

For half a century, McNeilus has set the standard for reliability and durability in concrete mixers and refuse trucks.

Exclusive: Creating a safer, more productive lit environment for construction workers

Working with a lighting expert can help to optimize vehicle hazard, ground, scene, and surface lighting.

AD member-owners elect 2020 board of directors 

David White is AD’s newest director; Tim Arenberg and John Wiborg are re-elected.

Industrial Supply Company promotes executives

Utah’s oldest industrial supplier promotes key members of Its leadership team.

Lind Equipment to show All-in-One Beacon LED Tower Light at World of Concrete

New tower provides all the functionality of three separate lighting assets in a single package.

F.W. Webb Company completes acquisition of Collins Pipe & Supply Co. Pennsylvania Location

Collins is a wholesale distributor of engineered specialties, pipe, valves and fittings. 

Eastern Site Supply names Lovett VP of Sales

Patrick (PJ) Lovett brings more than a decade of sales experience to ESS.

Weiler Abrasives partners with Pacesetter Sales & Associates

New partnership expands Weiler Abrasives’ representation throughout Eastern Canada.

Milwaukee Tool announces new expansion plans

Company will break ground in April on $26 million plant near Brookfield, Wisconsin campus.

Jescraft opens new Connecticut manufacturing facility

New plant in Oxford, CT signals strong growth.

Phillips Screw Company announces senior leadership changes

Hurley assumes Chairman role, Filion steps into CEO position.

Engcon contributes to a world's first CAT excavator

Engcon is an important part of the world’s first Cat 330 fitted with a dozer blade.

NAHB predicts remodeling market growth through 2021

Association predicts market will grow 1.2 percent in 2021.

Evergreen CEO announces 2022 retirement plans

Succession steering committee is appointed to lead transition.

U.S. housing starts grow 3.2 percent in 2019

For December, privately-owned housing starts increased 16.9 percent as single-family starts grew 11.2 percent. 

Peter Bigwood joins Mecalac

Industry veteran will grow Mecalac's North and South American business. 

Rental Hosting announces new leadership

Yell is new CEO; Farci is named Director of Technology.

United Rentals names JCB Supplier of the Year

JCB North America supplies United Rentals with telescopic handlers, straight-mast forklifts and other construction equipment.

Graycor names new CFO

Monique Ruiz brings Graycor more than 20 years of corporate leadership experience.

Evergreen announces 2020 workshop schedule

One-day workshops will be offered for independent and factory-direct sales reps.

Simpson Strong-Tie introduces expanded 2020 catalog of connectors for cold-formed steel construction

Catalog includes detailed features and benefits, building graphics with product callouts, installation sequence visuals and notes, associated tools and products.

Mark Howenstine Joins Grabber as Product Category Manager

Howenstine brings Grabber extensive product management experience.

BHMA announces winter planning and technical meetings in Tampa, FL

Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association hosts committee meetings to review open standards.

Survey: Which contractor jobs are the hardest?

Contractors and consumers ranked 32 different types of contractor work.

Laclede Chain announces restructuring

Laclede Chain Manufacturing Co. recently restructured its sales division to better meet the needs of specialized customers in general industry, rigging and marine, traction, and OEM sectors.

CRSI releases updated rebar placing and inspection guides

Updated editions of Placing Reinforcing Bars and Field Inspection of Reinforcing Bars now available.

Intercorp releases new Strong-Point and Strongcon catalog

Seventh edition features more than 50 new fastening products. 

Voltec Power & Lighting promotes Matt DeSantis to VP of Sales

Voltec also announces hiring of Blaine Ballard as Eastern RSM.

Emerson promotes Pipe and Electrical Solutions Group leaders

Justin King named VP of engineering; Rob Trefz is VP of marketing.

AGC offers podcast on natural disasters and construction

Podcast discusses how natural disasters affect construction including pre-loss planning and lessons learned in mitigating losses.

ORS Nasco and MEDCO name new president/CEO

Kevin Short has been named president and CEO of ORS Nasco and MEDCO.

The Living In Place Institute announces Viega USA as its first Preferred Industry Partner

Recognizing brands committed to creating accessible, comfortable, safe and beautiful homes.

Dodge Momentum Index moves higher in December

Institutional construction planning gained 2.3%, while commercial rose 0.9%.

Foundation Building Materials acquires Associated Drywall Suppliers

Associated supplies builders in the greater Louisville, Kentucky market. 

Mill Steel Framing launches new website and submittal tool

Mill Steel brands include ProStud and ProTRAK drywall studs, connectors and accessories and USG Shaft Wall Systems.

Exclusive: The impact of the MixCoat system

BASF finds the Sulzer MixCoat System is a flexible rapid cure solution.

Optronics acquires USA Harness

Becomes industry’s newest integrated full-line lighting and harness supplier.

Viking announces class action settlement

Suit applied to certain mainly residential Viking VK457 fire sprinklers.

Encore Wire announces merger of SMTM and McCreary Sales

SMTM employees will transition to McCreary Sales as part of the merger.

LIFT Safety partners with CSDA

New partnership will go live at World of Concrete.

Exclusive: Why consultative selling may fail and how to make it work

Today's customers are looking for sales consultants, partners, guides, leaders and friends.

Viega announces winter training schedule

Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire.

Pure Safety Group recalls Guardian Leading Edge SRLs with stainless steel or web lifelines

Limited part numbers affected, immediate replacements available.

U.S. construction spending ticks up 0.6 percent in November

Residential and highway construction lead the field with 1.9 and 2.2 percent growth for the  month.

Exclusive: How construction businesses can leapfrog industry giants with integrated BIM

Building Information Modeling can help adroit contractors and suppliers outperform larger competitors who rely on older, less integrated ERP systems. 

Channellock announces third annual Trade School Trade-up competition

Event offers cash prizes, tools and a classroom makeover.

MSC CFO to resign

Rustom Jilla will step down and Greg Clark will become interim CFO.

SPX acquires Patterson-Kelley

Acquisition enhances new HVAC product development capabilities.

MSG Sphere Las Vegas on track for 2021 opening

New 17,500-seat entertainment venue is expected to cost $1.2 to $1.7 billion.

Rocket Mortgage releases 2020 housing market predictions

Mortgage provider looks at projected interest rates, housing availability and new home trends for the year ahead. 

White Paper: Advantages of single-source procurement for fasteners

All-Pro Fasteners offers white paper on single-source procurement. 

Lone Star to buy BASF’s construction chemicals business

$3.5 billion deal is expected to close in Q3 2020.