Industry News

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

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ABC Elects 2021 National Chair and Executive Committee

Steve Klessig, Keller Inc., is elected 2021 ABC national chair.

NCCER Releases 2021 construction curricula

Revised construction skill courses feature new modules and online enhancements.

IRCG Weekly Pandemic Revenue Index shows 2.2 percent decrease

Four responding companies reported increases.

Mujjo launches Black Friday sale

Company offers 25 percent off phone and tablet cases through December 1. 

All-female built home taking shape in Utah

Is this the nation’s first home built by an all-female team?

Uponor North America appoints Brett Boyum VP of marketing 

Boyum joins Uponor from Cambria quartz surfaces.

STAFDA announces new officers 

Brian Gersten is named 2021 STAFDA President; Allan Guthrie becomes vice president.

Pure Safety Group joins British Safety Industry Federation

Second alliance announced this month as PSG strategic alliance strategy grows globally.

Housing starts surge in October

Permits hold level for month while completions slip 4.5 percent.

Channellock completes major plant expansion

New 34,000-square-foot expansion bring's company's footprint to 260,000 square feet. 

Southwire acquires American Elite Molding

Addition makes Southwire one of America’s leading manufacturers of nylon cable ties.

Bain Capital to acquire US LBM

US LBM operates more than 250 locations nationwide.

Home Depot to acquire HD Supply Holdings

HD spun off HD Supply in 2007.

PrimeSource to be sold to Clearlake Capital Group

Platinum Equity has owned PrimeSource since 2015. 

PIP acquires Primax Manufacturing & Trading Inc.

Primax manufactures Caiman brand gloves.

Beta Tools USA opens North American HQ

High-quality, Italian-designed professional tool range includes 14,000 SKUs in 30-plus  categories.

Bigge Crane opens new Charlotte rental location

New branch will rent and service top-tier crane brands in the Mid-Atlantic region.

STAFDA’s virtual Anaheim catches big waves 

Virtual convention and trade show featured a keynote from former Apple icon Guy Kawasaki.

MAX USA highlights rebar tying technology benefits amongst union ironworkers

Latest case study reveals technologies can reduce lower back fatigue and musculoskeletal injuries.

Simpson Strong-Tie brings remote collaboration to 2020 Autodesk University

New solutions for job starts and options management are conference highlights.

Report: Dodge expects construction starts to recover in 2021

Dodge Outlook 2021 predicts a slow and uneven recovery throughout the year.

Strong Man Safety Products names Robert Giannetti president

Giannetti rejoins Strong Man to take the helm.

KOHLER Engines releases CheckApp

Smartphone application aids in monitoring and maintenance of Kohler engines.

HD launches new programs for veterans

The Home Depot Foundation will also cover mortgage payments for 500 veterans.

Bloom Manufacturing names Joshua Weig new GM

Weig steps up from engineering manager.

Pure Safety Group and HSE Global Series form partnership

Alliance will educate companies and employees on fall protection and reducing the risks of working at height. 

Hydra-Slide focuses on growth with rebrand; launches new website

New site walks customers through products to contact options.

AD finalizes merger agreement with Delta Distributors

Merger will bring collective member sales in AD’s PVF Division to over $11 billion.

IFS acquires Clevest

Clevest Solutions is a provider of mobile workforce management and advanced network deployment solutions in the utilities vertical.

IRCG Weekly Pandemic Revenue Index shows 1.3% adjusted increase 

One company reports a sales increase of 67% over the same week prior year.

Huttig Building Products releases Q3 results

Challenging market conditions are offset by proactive restructuring efficiencies.

Western Global issues new fuel tank digital catalog

Download catalog has 56 pages of portable tanks and dispensing equipment listings and specifications. 

AIS expands Atlanta DC

New 800,000-square-foot facility will support AIS hardware customers in the Southeast.

Point of Rental announces nonprofit arm Point the Way

Built to organize employee giving, nonprofit expands sharing opportunities.

Blount's Jerry Johnson announces retirement

President of Blount International/Woods Equipment retires; Todd H. Hall steps up.

Toyota runs material handling trade-up promotion through year-end

Program applies to trade-ins for new Toyota warehouse equipment.

US LBM acquires Zeeland Lumber & Supply

Building materials leader expands its presence in Michigan and Indiana.

Metabo releases 2020/2021 North America catalog 

Catalog includes an array of new cordless tools, blades, grinders, saws, heat guns and more.

Residential keeps U.S. construction in the black in September

Residential activity grows 2.8 percent for month. 

PERC’s new webpage addresses important safety issues

Site now covers carbon monoxide exposure and indoor air quality.

MAX USA Corp. launches SuperRoofer promotion

MAX offers a free Bluetooth speaker with every SuperRoofer purchase until the end of 2020 while supplies last.

U.S. new home sales dip 3.5 percent for month in September

Average sales price is $405,400.

ASV signs dealers in Alaska and Texas, adds dealer locations in Q3

New dealers and dealer locations expand ASV's national footprint.

Royal Building Products launches Celect Canvas beach home makeover sweepstakes

Winner of $40,000 beach home makeover can choose thousands of Sherwin-Williams pastel paint shades to customize their siding.

Adhesives Technology Corporation announces 250 DOT approvals nationwide

Alabama DOT approval for UltraBond adhesives is latest aprroval for ATC.

NetPlus Alliance releases Q3 Outlook Report

Dan Judge examines the year so far and the opportunities ahead.

Vortex Companies acquires Parson Environmental

Parson is a national provider of sewer rehab products and construction materials.

Detectable Warning Systems expands into Canada

Mar-Bal, Inc. signs on Toronto-based Cityscape Supply Group as first Canadian distributor.

Hitachi Industrial Equipment taps Syncron for service parts inventory management

Hitachi Industrial Equipment selects the Syncron Service Cloud, further expanding the partnership between Syncron and Hitachi.

Builder confidence continues record climb

Latest Wells Fargo/NAHB Housing Market Index hits an all-time high in October.

Case Studies: KH Industries assists in COVID efforts

KH provides portable power pendant outlet boxes for temporary hospitals.  

Exclusive: Job site fuels and indoor air quality

Support healthy indoor air quality with propane light construction equipment.

Exclusive: EPA, other agencies scrutinizing potentially misleading COVID-19 marketing and product claims

Government agencies are tightening up regulatory oversight for products that claim to kill coronavirus.

NCCER announces Find a Center search feature

New tool helps users search over 3,300 training locations open to the public.

Yanmar launches global customer service hub

New Yanmar Synergy Square facility will contain offices, support centers, service exhibits and a learning center.

Wildeck welcomes Steve Holland as new Vice President of Operations

Holland brings Wildeck more than 20 years of experience and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

U.S. housing sizzles in September

Single-family starts rise 8.5 for month; permits climb 7.8 percent and privately-owned completions rocket 15.3 percent month-over-month.  

Champion Cutting Tool Corp acquires Mercer Industries

Complementary product lines will expand both brands' offerings. 

Simpson Strong-Tie launches builder webinar series on boosting efficiency and reducing costs with dynamic estimating

Pipeline Builder Webinar Series helps bring new homes to market faster by improving processes for managing estimating, options, and building material takeoffs.

Retail sales up in September with impressive year-over-year gains

Retail spending continued to grow in September led by a strong rebound in apparel.

ABC: Nonresidential construction employment expands in September

However, economic and political uncertainties are dragging thge outlook in the absence of any new stimulus.

Entegra Attachments acquires Bloom Manufacturing

Bloom manufactures hydraulic winches, speed reducers, parts and accessories.

Dodge: Despite pandemic, civil contractors remain optimistic

The Civil Quarterly’s recent findings show impacts are manageable, explores emerging strategies to cope.

Henry Company to acquire National Coatings Corporation

High-performance waterproofing systems fulfill growing need for durable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly weatherproofing for commercial and industrial roofs and walls.

Exclusive: Trends disrupting the cutting tools Industry

Lasers, waterjets, robotics and other new technologies are increasing productivity.

Stahlin Enclosures signs on new rep agency

Integrated Component Sales, Inc. (ICS) will now rep Stahlin products in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

MAX USA Corp. launches Fall SuperFinisher promotion 

MAX responds to increase of home remodeling projects with new promotion on its popular SuperFinisher pneumatic tools.

New guide addresses stagnant water in low-occupancy buildings

Produced by AWWA and IAPMO, guide helps building managers address water system stagnation.

IRCG Weekly Pandemic Revenue Index shows 4.8 percent increase

Survey participants continue to show strong swings in revenues.

ITR Webinar: Changes in Supply, Sourcing and Perceptions for 2021-2022

Event with STAFDA Economic Consultants Brian and Alan Beaulieu is set for 
October 21, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

NetPlus Alliance announces strategic reorganization for 2021

Promotions and new assignments expand member support functions.

Dodge Momentum Index increases in September

Commercial rose 3.9 percent and Institutional advanced 3.2 percent. 

Report: 2020 Economic Outlook forecasts equipment and software investment growth in Q4

Overall GDP growth less certain as recovery loses steam.

Sonnhalter offers COVID-19 resource

Agency examines COVID-19 effects on professional tradesmen, manufacturers, trade media and influencers.

Federal Process Corporation is now FPC International, Inc.

New name reflects chemical company’s growing global presence and expanding portfolio.

STABILA opens new production plant

Company adds15,000 square feet of production capacity in Annweiler, Germany.

IRCG Weekly Pandemic Revenue Index drops 0.7 percent 

Decline marks first drop since the beginning of August. 

IBS 2021 extends registration deals to October 31

Early bird deals include free expo passes for NAHB members, registration savings for nonmembers and educational discounts. 

Construction proposals stage rebound in July and hold steady in August

PSMJ Resources’ Quarterly Market Forecast (QMF) rebounds to  plus 2% in July and holds at plus 1% in August.

The Home Depot names Edward Decker president and CEO

Ann-Marie Campbell, Jeff Kinnaird, Michael Rowe and Richard McPhail also take on new leadership positions. 

U.S. construction spending through August outpaces 2019 by 4.2 percent

Residential spending increases 3.7 month over month; highway spend grows 4.6 percent. 

Registration opens for STAFDA’s Virtual Anaheim Convention & Trade Show

Virtual convention is set for November 9-10.