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

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U.S. Housing Activity Continues Slide in October

Single-family permits dip 3.6 percent for month; starts fall 6.1 percent.

Snelbaker Joins Wright Tool as Customer Service Manager

Julie Snelbaker brings Wright nearly a decade of customer service management expertise.

ESAB Partners With Stanley Black & Decker to Launch Renegade Volt Battery-Powered Stick/TIG Welder

ESAB Renegade VOLT ES 200i is powered by four DEWALT FLEXVOLT batteries; also uses 115/230V primary power.

Equipment Rental Revenue Poised to Continue Growth in 2023 and Beyond 

ARA report predicts single digit revenue increases over the next four years to $63.4 billion in 2026.

Case Studies: Cintec Anchors Used in School Window Replacement Project

PS-41 School in the Bronx Chooses Cintec for anchoring into Terra-Cotta Clay. 

Viega MegaPress Eclipses 22 Million Fittings Sold in U.S.

Viega MegaPress systems reach sales milestone in just 10 years on the market.  

New South Construction Supply Acquires Malone Steel Corporation

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida-based Malone Steel brings NSCS to 11 stores.

The Home Depot Increases Sales 5.6 Percent in Q3

Company sells $38.9 billion, an increase of $2.1 billion over Q3 2021.

Mi-T-M Inverters Selected for Top 100 New Products of 2022 Award

Construction Equipment names Mi-T-M inverter generators with carbon monoxide (CO) detectors among the Top 100 New Products of 2022.

Oshkosh Corporation to Acquire Hinowa

Hinowa will become part of the Oshkosh Access Equipment segment. 

OPEI Offers Tips for Prepping Power Equipment for Winter

Prep yard machines for hibernation and get that snowblower ready to work.

ICP Group Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Glen Ferguson steps into executive role to lead planning and analysis of strategic financial initiatives.

NAHB: Builder Confidence Declines for 11 Consecutive Months

Elevated interest rates, high building material costs and declining affordability conditions push more buyers to the sidelines. 

Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association Names New Executive Director

Rosario Palmieri joins BHMA from the White House Office of Management and Budget  and NAM.

Simpson Strong-Tie Employees Around the World Participate in Annual Day of Service

More than 1,000 employees in North America, the Pacific Rim and Vietnam participated in various activities benefiting individuals and families worldwide.

Comstock named GM of Wybur Tools

Charles Comstock previously managed Grobet's Cheyenne, Wyoming plant.

Werk-Brau Hosts Congressman Latta

Receives Congressional Proclamation on 75th Anniversary.

WOC Launches Innovative Product Awards to Recognize Most Innovative Concrete and Masonry Equipment, Materials and Tools

Companies that exhibit at World of Concrete 2023 are eligible to enter.

Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses Decline 1.8 percent in 2021

Improvement is attributed to a 32.9 percent drop in reported illnesses.

NEFCO Opens New Fulfillment Center in Ohio

New 75,000-square-foot facility is located in Columbus, Ohio.

Simpson Strong-Tie Engineer Rachel Holland to Co-Host 12 Episodes of The Structural Engineering Channel

Holland is a recognized expert in deck construction and is named on four patents.

Hundreds Celebrate The Future at Point of Rental's International Conference

First in-person International Conference since 2019 draws nearly 250 rental operators. 

IronCraft Announces New Director of Digital and Dealer Development

Michael Kucharski joins IronCraft from Fecon.

New TYPAR Construction Tape Earns Approval of Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC)

Canadian builders and contractors can now install the complete TYPAR Weather Protection System.

KNIPEX Tools Releases Limited-Edition Christmas Ornament

This must-have little present packs big-time pleasure.

NAVAC Wins AHR Innovation Award for Industry’s Lightest Power Flaring Tool

NEF6LM BreakFree Power Flaring Tool takes top honors in Tools & Instruments category. 

Lawless Group East Hires New Regional Vice President

Jerrel Flatt joins Lawless from his prior role as Senior Director of Sales for Apex Tool Group.

Martin Supply to acquire Quality Mill Supply

Quality Mill Supply has five locations in Indiana.

U.S. Construction Spending Trickles Up in September

However, year-to-date trend is 11.4 percent over 2021.

Marine Toys for Tots Celebrates its 75th Year as it Kicks Off the 2022 Holiday Campaign

U.S. Marines and volunteers will be conducting over 830 local toy collection and distribution campaigns in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Sara Vincent Joins JLG and JERR-DAN as Director of Marketing

Vincent joins JLG from Arete, a global cyber risk company.

Dewalt Announces BOGO Deals

Battery-and-tool deals are available through December 31.

Owens Corning PINK Next Gen Fiberglas Insulation Named Winner in Good Housekeeping’s 2022 Home Reno Awards

PINK Next Gen Fiberglas enables up to 23% faster installation compared to previous products.

Endries International to name new president/CEO

Michael Knight will succeed Steve Endries, who will become company chairman and head of Strategic Partnerships.

Crescent Electric acquires Lowe Electric Supply

Lowe serves customers out of 13 locations across Georgia and South Carolina.

U.S. New Home Sales Slide 10.9 Percent in September

Average selling price is $517,700.

NAHB: New Home Sales Fall Back in September as Interest Rates Jump Higher

Single-family home sales in September fell 10.9%.

Jeffrey Gelinas Named Sales Training Manager for OMG, Inc. 

Gelinas will lead training for OMG's FastenMaster and Roofing Products divisions.

Uwe Hirsch Named Vice President Finance for STIHL Inc.

Hirsch joins STIHL from Bosch. 

Dynabrade Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Certification recognizes effective quality management systems and customer-focused processes.

Motion AI Opens New Minnesota Facility

New Eden Prairie facility has 105,000 square feet of space and adds classrooms, a regional fulfillment center, assembly and fabrication shops and more.

Streamlight Promotes Travis Bridgette to NSM - East 

Bridgette will lead Streamlight's Eastern U.S. Industrial/Fire sales team.

Flexon completes Expansion, Adds 200,000 Square Feet and 120 New Jobs

Company is now the largest watering hose manufacturer and leading maker of extension cords in North America.

APA Names New Chair and Vice Chair

New trustees also join APA board. 

JLG Expands Authorized Service Provider Network 

Company continues to grow its independent service operations across the nation. 

Everwin Pneumatics Names Robert Pare as NSM

Pare joins Everwin from Stanley Black and Decker.

2022 AD Electrical North American Meeting Highlights What’s Next for Members and Suppliers

AD Electrical divisions in the U.S., Canada and Mexico expect to increase sales by 33 percent.

Mule-Hide's Jeremy Grunewald Appointed Cool Roof Rating Council Educator

Grunewald becomes one of four building envelope experts in the nation to hold the designation.

Single-family Housing Slides Again in September

Permits slip 3.1 percent while starts fall 4.7 percent for month. 

Curry Supply Hires Tim Henry as Director of Quality and Customer Service

Henry is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB). 

Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $25,000 to Recovery Efforts After Hurricane Ian

Hurricane recovery is ongoing and help is still needed.

Fiberon and Huttig Building Products Announce Partnership

Fiberon manufactures composite wood-alternative decking and railing products.

The Home Depot Launches Path to Pro Network for Skilled Trades Job Seekers

New platform helps jobseekers showcase their trades experience and connect with hiring trades professionals.

WALTER Surface Technologies Names New Regional Sales Director

Lisa Glass joins Walter from CGW Abrasives.

Industrial Supply Company Opens New Branch in Elko, Nevada

New location doubles the space of previous store.

RectorSeal Acquires Falcon Stainless, Inc.

Acquisition expands Rectorseal's plumbing and HVAC connector product lines.

Wright Tool Names Taylor VP of Operations

Mike Taylor streps up from plant manager.

White Cap Acquires Valley Supply

Valley Supply Company serves contractors in the Puget Sound area.

Makita Launches new Outdoor Adventure Line

New cordless products line builds on Makita's 18V | 36V LXT battery system.

AGC: Construction Employment Grows In 246 Of 358 Metro Areas From August 2021 To 2022

But record openings show firms want to add more workers.

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Releases Industry-Wide EPD

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers steel rebar used in reinforced concrete construction. 

LFM Capital Buys Into Attachments Manufacturer CID

Construction Implement Depot (CID) manufactures skid steer and compact track loader attachments, compact tractor and mini-excavator attachments.

U.S. Year-over-Year Construction Spending Advances 8.5 Percent in August

But all categories soften against July numbers.

Gas vs. Electric: Comparing Heating and Cooling Systems of New Homes

NAHB looks at the new Census Bureau Survey of Construction.

Simpson Strong-Tie Wins Two 2022 PTI Awards

Takes Innovation awards for Quik Drive PROHSD Wood-to-Steel Solution and Strong-Drive TF Wood-to-Steel Screws.

RectorSeal Acquires Two New Product Lines 

Cover Guard lineset covers and AC GUARD HVAC condenser protection cages are trusted and proven product lines.

Abrasive Technology names new CEO

Clement Wiekrykas joins Abrasive Technology from aeroengine component manufacturer E.A. Patten.

Report: More Women are Entering Manufacturing

U.S. Census Bureau shows that while men still hold two-thirds of U.S. manufacturing jobs, women continue to gain ground.

Hultafors Group Acquires Martinez Tool Company

Martinez manufactures high-quality titanium hammers and related products.

RIDGID Continues Partnership with Pfister Faucets for “American Plumber Stories” Docuseries

First episode of season three is airing now.

Case Studies: Cintec Anchors New Windows in Bronx Public School

Anchoring into terra-cotta clay Speed Tile for New York Schools Construction Authority.

NCCER Launches "The Builders' Table" Podcast

Podcast is hosted by Jennifer Wilkerson, NCCER’s Vice President of Innovation and Advancement.

Acme Equipment Breaks Ground in Fargo

Acme is the new Kubota dealer for the Fargo/Moorhead region.

The Crosby Group to Commence Cash Tender Offer for All Outstanding Shares of KITO Corp.

Combination of The Crosby Group and KITO CORPORATION to create a global provider of comprehensive lifting solutions.

NIBCO Promotes Mariza Gutierrez Galindo to Reynosa Plant Manager

Gutierrez joined NIBCO in 1986 and stepped up from senior administrative manager.

Cut-Resistant Apparel Discussed at FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference

Understand job hazards to select the most applicable solutions.

CFFA: For Roofing, the Higher the Reflection Rate, the Better

PVC roofing reflects 80% of sunlight, helps keep cities cooler.

Epicor Names New Chief Marketing Officer

Jenny Victor joins Epicor from cyber-risk company Reciprocity.

Homebuilder’s Profit Margins Tighten as Housing Market Slows

The Association of Professional Builders Releases New Guidelines to make sure “pricing for profit” remains stable.

New Home Sales Soar 28.8 Percent for Month in August

Average sales price runs $521,800.  

Simpson Strong-Tie Engineering VP Annie Kao Named to Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors for East Bay/Silicon Valley

Kao is a California state-licensed professional engineer.

Arrow Fastener Introduces New International Product Line in European Union

New 105-SKU line includes manual and electric staple guns, hammer tackers, rivet tools, brad nailers and consumables.

Spyder Stinger Mach-Blue Step Bits Win 2022 PTI Award

Awards recognize the year's most innoative tools.

Mi-T-M Inverter Generators named a 2022 Top 50 New Product

Mi-T-M’s new inverter generator line features carbon monoxide (CO) detection and auto shutdown.

DispatchTrack Launches AI-Powered Territory Planner

Automatically generate accurate, balanced sales territories with unprecedented speed to save time and reduce costs.

Marketing Tools: Empire Screen Printing Enriches Customers’ Brands

Companies across a range of markets enhance their brand with Empire products.

Multi-Family Housing Starts Soar 12.2 Percent in August

Single-family starts climb 3.4 percent for month. 

Velociti Partnership with Merlin Solar Brings Quick ROI to ConAg

Instant ROI program makes solar possible for ConAg equipment without any upfront expenses.

FastenMaster Teams with Industry Leaders to Recruit Deck Builders

Helps bring recognition to the building trade prior to National Tradesman Day. 

New South Construction Supply Named one of SC's Fastest Growing Companies in 2022

Company makes list of region's top 50 for the fourth time.

Protective Industrial Products Inc. Welcomes Curt Holtz as New President

Holtz Joins PIP from workwear leader VF Corporation.

Simpson Strong-Tie Participates in Construction of First Multi-story 3D Printed House in the U.S.

New hybridized design approach can revolutionize development of future housing.

SupplyPro Launches UStockit Platform

New subscription service combines SupplyPro’s hardware, software and inventory management products with low-cost solutions.

INFORM Announces the Appointment of Jeff Van Grootel as Senior Sales Manager, Logistics Division

Van Grootel brings INFORM 30 years of in-depth construction industry experience.

NAVAC Hires Carlos Castro as Western RSM

Veteran brings 10 years of sales and leadership experience to HVAC/R tools leader. 

Blogs: Enhance Your Customer Journey with Omnichannel Sales and AI

Customers increasingly prefer distributors who offer a consistent experience across all channels.

NAHB: Single-Family Lot Values Reach Record Highs

U.S. median lot price now stands at $55,000.

Kohler Co. Elects Current President and CEO David Kohler as Chair and CEO 

David Kohler is the fourth generation of Kohler family leadership since the company’s inception in 1873.

U.S. Construction Spending Dips 0.4 Percent in July

Highway work is bright spot for the month, running 4.3 percent above June.

Toter and Revolution Company Become Evergreen Preferred Suppliers

New suppliers produce trash containment and vapor barrier products. 

Quick Fitting Stands Behind Push to Connect Plumbing Fittings with the Industry’s Best Warranty

Company offers a 75-year warranty. 

We Supply America Season 2 Premiers on Thursday, September 8

First episode visits First Supply, Madison, Wisconsin. 

Werk-Brau Celebrates 75 Years with Open House

Company has been manufacturing buckets and attachments for excavators and loaders since 1947.

Curry Supply Names New Marketing Coordinator

Sara Herron is a recent Penn State marketing graduate.

ClarkDietrich Completes Purchase of Structa Wire

Structa Wire designs and manufactures products for stucco for steel and wood-framed construction.

Fecon Unveils New E-Commerce Site

Site allows users to purchase spare parts and accessories.

Vodafone and Topcon Partner on New Mass-Market Precise Positioning System

New satellite technology can locate Internet of Things devices and autonomous vehicles within centimeters.

INDEVCO Plastics Welcomes Demetri Papachristopoulos as VP of Sales & Marketing

Papachristopoulos brings INDEVCO more than 20 years of experience in the plastic film extrusion and converting industries. 

Mega projects led gains, but details show broad-based construction expansion. 

New Research on the State of Leadership in Distribution

Distributors must rethink how they lead in a post-pandemic world.

Alchemco Earns UL Solutions Certification

Concrete waterproofing systems leader earns NSF 61, Water Potability Certificate.

Industrial Supply Company Names New Regional Vice Presidents of Sales

Tyler Whipple and Damon Bohn step into new roles. 

New South Construction Supply Named One of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina

Annual award is given out by SC Biz News and the SC Chamber of Commerce.

MAX USA Corp. Announces Super Deals on Super Nailers

SuperSider, SuperFramer and SuperDecking tools are on sale from September 1 to October 31.

Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Engineering Annie Kao Named to Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply

Kao also serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley and is a former director for the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California. 

IronCraft, LLC Announces New CEO

Pat Kozlowski joins IronCraft from Caterpillar. 

Brighton-Best International Helps Safeguard Children with Safety Gear for Community Crossing Guards

Safe to Cross campaign is outfitting crossing guards with Ironclad Hi-viz gloves.

Metabo HPT & Metabo to Merge in North America 

As of December 2022, both brands will be based in Braselton, GA.

Icon Protection Unites Four Surface Protection Industry Pioneers

Ram Board, Surface Shields, Trimaco and Antinox are now under one roof.

Enerpac Names New EVP of Operations

Markus Limberger will joins Enerpac from Danaher. 

Sandvik to Acquire Sphinx Tools

Sphinx Tools manufactures precision micro tools and surgical cutting tools.

DispatchTrack Launches Intelligent Visibility Platform

Delivers next-level control, clarity and actionable insights for the last mile.

ABC Supply Renews Contract with EROAD

With EROAD solutions, ABC has seen improvements in unidentified drive time and hours of service violations.

Exclusive: Focus on the Customer & Employee Experience to Transform Your Business

What are you promising? What are you delivering? 

Alchemco Aligns with USGBC as Member Supporting Green Building 

Non-toxic waterproofing systems helping buildings achieve LEED certification.

New Edition of Residential Construction Performance Guidelines Now Available

Sixth edition is offered in Contractor Reference, Consumer Reference and Digital versions.

NEFCO Completes Acquisition of Newman Associates

Newman Associates is a value-added distributor of pipe hangers and supports.

Exclusive: Bust Out of Service Fatigue

The what, where, why and how behind a decline in customer service excellence.

Makinex USA to Relocate U.S. HQ to Dallas-Fort Worth

New HQ in Mansfield, Texas allows greater office and warehouse space expansion.

McCloskey Appoints New Group Sales Director for the Americas

Michael Millies brings a wealth of global heavy equipment key account experience.

Home Depot Reports Record Q2 Sales

HD hits $43.8 billion in sales for Q2 of fiscal 2022.

Point of Rental Listed Among Inc. 5000 for Fourth Consecutive Year

Award marks company's seventh time making the list since 2014.

July U.S. Housing Starts Slide 9.6 Percent

However, completions rise 1.1 percent for month. 

Curry Supply Welcomes New Director of Marketing

Rob Gray is named Director of Marketing for Curry Supply.

Shurtape Technologies Announces Partnership with Nastro Technologies

Industrial adhesive and asset tracking technology experts to launch innovative scannable tape products.

Arrow Fastener Promotes Justin Sumner to Vice President, Sales

Sumner has been with Arrow since 2014. 

FastenMaster Launches New Online Experience for Contractors

New site provides quick access to product information, technical documentation, product support content and distributor locator.

Guardian Introduces New 360-Degree Height Safety Website

New site is designed to be a comprehensive height safety resource for all.

AD announces new VP of AD Network Community

Kristen Abbas will manage and expand AD’s meeting and network ecosystem for members. 

Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $15,000 to Kentucky Flooding Recovery Efforts

Donation to the American Red Cross will help victims recover from disastrous floods. 

ARA Adds to Leadership Team Focused on Rental Workforce Development

Erika Singleton is named association’s new Workforce Development Manager.

AFFLINK Grows Leadership Team

Company adds Dana Duckworth as VP of Supply Chain Solutions.

CS Unitec Hires Michael Sullivan as EVP

Industry veteran Sullivan joins company from CGW Abrasives. 

MBW Inc. Announces New COO

Jim Van Beek returns to step into new role. 

U.S. Cuts Softwood Tariffs by Half for Canadian Lumber

Tariff drops from current 17.91 percent to 8.59 percent.

JLG Names Andy Daw VP, Global Procurement & Supply Chain

Daw joins JLG from Caterpillar.

Yanmar Promotes Maintenance Kits for Convenient Servicing

Kits contain filters and fluids for Yanmar mini excavators, wheel loaders and tracked carriers.

Warehouse Storage Expansion: Creating Supply Shock Resilience with Cost Effective Options

When leasing or building more space is not an option, innovative alternatives can significantly increase capacity within existing facilities.

KIOTI Tractor Receives Equipment Dealers Association 2022 Gold Level Award

Recognition underscores company’s commitment to service, dealer network.

Stanley Black & Decker Announces Leadership Transition in Tools Business

Jaime Ramirez steps down as EVP and President, Tools & Storage.

Marcum Releases Third Annual National Construction Survey

Findings reveal continued cautious optimism with nearly 60 perent or respondents expecting more business in the future.

Motion Names New Senior VP of Corporate Accounts

Lisa Solomon has been with the company since 2015.

U..S Construction Spending Dips 1.1 Percent in June

Residential sector slides 1.6 percent for month.

AD Earns Record Results in First Half of 2022

Sales hit $36.1 billion.

MAX Grows its Sales and HR Team

Kris Morek is named East Midwest Regional Sales Associate; Stacey Mecca becomes Human Resources Generalist.

WernerCo Announces Leadership Changes

Don Freeman is named president of North America Professional Business; Kevin Blossom becomes president of North America Retail Business. 

OSHA to Focus Jobsite Inspections on Trenches After Rise in Deaths

In the first half of 2022, 22 workers have died in trenching accidents compared to just 15 in all of 2021.

Exclusive: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

Using anything other than OEM batteries is a dangerous proposition for contractors who use power tools.

DENIOS US Unveils New Online Store

Leading hazardous material, facility maintenance and workplace safety manufacturer launches web store with easy navigation.

New Home Sales Slide 8.1 Percent in June

Average sales price dips to $456,800 from $511,400 in May.

AD Safety Network Members Celebrate Growth at Divisional Conference

Through the first half of 2022, the division is on pace to deliver another record year.

OMER Celebrates 50 Years in Grand Style

Company fetes employees and supporters at San Salvatore castle in Italy.

Point of Rental, IDScan.net Launch Partnership

AI-powered ID scanning solution saves time, reduces data errors.

Dodge: Total Construction Starts Slide 5 Percent in June

Broad-based weakness in the building sectors dragged down construction starts.

Exclusive: Obliterate ‘Just’ from the Dictionary

Three ways to empower employees to see themselves beyond ‘just’ their jobs.

OMER Promotes Salamon and Hotze

Matteo Salamon becomes Vice President & Director of Sales for OMER USA; Chuck Hotze is named senior vice president.

APB Survey Indicates Positive Outlook for Homebuilder Market Despite Possible Recession

Survey of more than 700 Builders indicates optimism amid setback on construction materials, labor shortages and pandemic implications.

BLS Releases Results of Long-Range Study on Workplace Violence

On average, 1.3 million nonfatal violent crimes in the workplace occurred annually.

The Lawless Group Acquires Interest in Building Connections in Addison, IL.

Building Connections will rebrand as Lawless Group Midwest.

Preston Harris Named Point of Rental’s VP of Global Sales

Harris has been with the company since 2015.

TESAB Engineering Names Lee Johns Sales Director

Lee Johns brings deep experience in distribution channels to global market growth for brand.

Kano Laboratories Adds ISK Industries as Rep Group

I.S.K. will represent Kano products throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

NetPlus Alliance Selected to University at Buffalo Fast 46

The UB Fast 46 program recognizes the success of 46 of the fastest-growing businesses owned or led by UB alumni or former students around the world.

Festool’s New Premium Products Are Now Available

New mobile charging station, ratchet set and abrasives systainer set are now in stock.

U.S. Residential Construction Stumbles in June

Single-family starts slide 8.1 percent for month. 

MBW, Inc. Announces New Building

New facility will allow MBW to increase manufacturing capacity. 

PrimeSource Adds Two New Executive Team Members

Drew Meng is named PrimeSource Building Products CEO and Robert Roche to serve as Chief Financial Officer of PrimeSource Brands.  

Milwaukee Pipeline New Product Event 2022, Part 2

This week: New mechanic's tools. 

Streamlight Announces Sales Division Promotions

Aaron Freund is named Director of Sales-Industrial/Fire; Donato Sasso is appointed Director-International Business Development.

Fecon Announces New COO

Brandon Flexsenhar joins Fecon from KION.

Report Shows Lack of Basic Water, Sanitation Services Costs U.S. Economy More Than $8.5 Billion Per Year

IAPMO study shows that more than 1.5 million Americans live without running water.

INFORM to Present Webinar on AI-Powered Load and Route Planning

Webinar will be held on September 27, 2022.

Chris Kuykendall Joins Mule-Hide Products Co. as Fluid-Applied Segment Manager

Kuykendall joins Mule-Hide from EcoTrue Services Inc. in Dallas-Fort Worth.

NETA Announces Newest Board Members and Officers

NETA welcomes Leif Hoegberg to its Board of Directors and congratulates Bob Sheppard, Dan Hook and Chasen Tedder on their new officer positions.

Valley Grinding & Manufacturing Acquires Quality Edge Inc.

Acquisition sets course for growth with added expertise and expansion.

2022 California Plumbing Code, California Mechanical Code Now Available

Hardcopy and eBook versions are available at the IAPMO web store.

RPI Announces New Sales and Marketing Director

Jim Palmer steps up into role with 20 years of experience with RPI.

Simpson Strong-Tie McKinney Supports Uvalde, School Shooting Victims with Relief Fund Donation

Company donates $10,000 to relief efforts.

HVAC/R Tools Leader NAVAC Appoints Repairs Partner for Canada

Toronto-based DRM Repair Centre to provide repairs for out-of-warranty NAVAC vacuum pumps, recovery units and other tools.

U.S. Construction Spending Treads Water in May

Major categories trend flat for month; only residential building climbs slightly.

Zurn Water Solutions and Elkay Manufacturing Complete Merger

Merger creates a new leader in sustainable water solutions.

Atlantic Hardware Supply Acquires Trippe Supply

Trippe Supply serves the Washington, DC market.

Husqvarna Rebrands Blastrac and Diamatic Surface Prep Lines 

The fully integrated offering including floor scrapers, shavers, scarifiers and floor grinders is now available.

Southwire Upgrades Heflin and Breaks Ground on New Copper Plant

Heflin plant modernization efforts involve increasing medium voltage product capacities.

Hultafors Group Continues U.S. Expansion

Swedish manufacturer increases market presence for its Snickers Workwear and Solid Gear Footwear brands.

Heavy Machines LLC Breaks Ground in Tennessee

New Memphis-area HQ facility will occupy six acres. 

Festool Announces Summer Cordless Giveaway

Giveaway runs June 30 through July 15.

STAFDA to Host New Student Competition During San Diego Convention

Competition will challenge students to "turn around" a failing company.

Average Price of a New home Hits $511,400 in June

Sales jump 10.7 percent for month in anticipation of interest rate hikes. 

Hypertherm Rebrands to Hypertherm Associates

Rebranding features new corporate logo.

Fecon Appoints Linder Industrial Machinery as Distributor in Florida and Carolinas

Linder brings Fecon 16 new locations. 

The Lawless Group West Hires New RM Industrial/Welding

Raz Ghazikhanian previously worked with Shurtape Technologies, LLC and Weiler Corporation.

RIDGID Releases Father’s Day Video Celebrating Dads and the Legacies They Create

New video celebrates fathers and the children who follow in their career footsteps. 

STAFDA’s San Diego Educational Workshop Speakers Announced

Sessions will cover high-performance work teams, bold selling skills, adapting to the pandemic, how to ditch the sales pitch and more. 

B2W Software Adds API Capabilities for Heavy Construction

New B2W Estimate features enhance automation and data connectivity.

NEFCO Acquires Jiffy Fastening Systems

Jiffy is a leading SHARP supplier in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.

Daniel Burgjohann named GM of Everwin North America

Burgjohann joins Everwin from Stanley Black & Decker.

SCA Announces New LCA Calculator Version 3.0

Tool available on the SCA website assist projects with sustainability goals.

Metabo HPT Announces New Everyday Lower Prices on all 18V Cordless Nailer Kits 

Tools include six different cordless framing and finish nailers.

The Lawless Group West Hires New Jobsite Specialist

Travis Valera joins Lawless from Los Angeles County Works and DSE Electric Inc.

NAVAC Restructures Sales Team, Promotes Two Executives

Company creates Northern & Southern Divisions, with regional sales managers tapped to head up each. 

Morse Donation Rejuvenates High School Science Program

Engineering team organized equipment and materials to provide hands-on learning opportunities.

NAHB/Wells Fargo: Weakening Builder Confidence Points to Economic Troubles Ahead

Builder confidence slips for sixth straight month.

McCann Industries Now Carries Kobelco Excavators

Addition includes the full line of Mini, SR, Conventional and Specialty Models.

Sphere 1 Raises Over $154,000 for Building Homes for Heroes

Group honors program beneficiary Kirstie Ennis.

AD Industrial & Safety-U.S. Division Celebrates Record Growth at 2022 Spring Network Meeting

Group reached $14 billion in sales in 2021.

AD merges with Canadian buying group Torbsa

AD and Torbsa Limited, a leading building supplies buying group in Canada, have agreed to merge the two groups. The merger is expected to close July 1, 2022.

PIP acquires Industrial Starter S.p.A.

Protective Industrial Products has acquired Industrial Starter, S.p.A, headquartered Vicenza, Italy, which includes all of the Industrial Starter affiliates throughout Europe.

Simpson Strong-Tie supports Habitat for Humanity

Simpson Strong-Tie held its second annual Trades Support program with Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley in California.

Altenloh, Brinck & Co. opens new Training Center and Packaging Facility

Altenloh, Brinck & Co. unveiled a state of the art, 12,000 square foot training center at its Bryan headquarters made possible by the company’s expansion to its new packaging facility in Pioneer, Ohio.

Dayton Superior becomes preferred Evergreen supplier

The Evergreen Marketing Group announced that Dayton Superior is now a preferred supplier in the concrete chemicals category.

Topcon Solutions Store named ACS Partner of the Year

Topcon Solutions Store (TSS) has been named Partner of the Year — Americas 2022 by Autodesk Construction Solutions (ACS).

Stanley Black & Decker names new president

Stanley Black & Decker has named Donald Allan Jr., currently president and chief financial officer, to chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2022.

HD Q1 Sales Grow 3.8 Percent YOY to $38.9 Billion

Revised guidance predicts 3.0 percent growth for company in 2022.

Lawless Group East Acquires Distributors’ Source of Florida

DSOF has over 30 years of representing quality manufacturers in Florida.

STIHL Inc. and Briggs & Stratton Announce New Manufacturing Relationship

Partnership will produce STIHL zero-turn mowers for U.S. market.

DXP Enterprises Q1 sales up 30.1 percent

Q1 sales hit $319.4 million.

Metabo HPT Wins Sphere 1 Award for 7th Time in Eight Years

Company is again recognized as Preferred Brand of the Year.

Applications: Tips for Hot Weather Concreting

Sakrete's Dirk Tharpe shares tips for smaller projects.

Plumbing Industry Leaders Address Key Trends, Issues at 2022 Emerging Water Technology Symposium

Event focused on challenges to America’s drinking water.

Construction Crews Top Off MSG Sphere in Las Vegas

The 366-foot-tall, 17,500-seat venue will have the world's largest LED screen.

Milwaukee Tool Starts Construction of Mississippi Facility

New 563,000-square-foot location is expected to create 800 jobs. 

Ray Ellis, VP of Air Systems International, Announces Retirement

Ellis co-founded Air Systems in 1984.

Mi-T-M Corporation Receives Sphere 1 Preferred Supplier of the Year Award

Mi-T-M takes Ruby Echelon level award for excellent service to members.

Scenic Road Provides Wheelbarrows for Martha Stewart Event

Scenic Road Manufacturing recently provided Martha Stewart with wheelbarrows for a television special to be aired on ABC. 

Streamlight Announces Key Sales and Marketing Promotions

Veteran employees step into key roles.

New Trustees Join APA Board

Two new members have been elected to the APA – The Engineered Wood Association Board of Trustees.

U.S. New Home Sales Slide 16.6 Percent in April

The average sales price of a new home hits $570,300.

Wisconsin Building Trades Council Welcomes New Executive Director

Emily Pritzkow most recently served as Chief of Staff to Gordon Hintz, the Democratic Leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Ripley Tools Acquires Multiwave Sensors

Multiwave produces advanced solutions for GPS directional and position measurement.

Morse Receives Mayor’s Award for 2021 Environmental Quality Efforts

The company is recognized for its diligent compliance with the Water Reclamation Facility pretreatment program.

Survey Suggests Employee Health May be a Key to Addressing the "Great Resignation"

"2022 Health at Work" report reveals the attitudes and expectations about the changing world of work, employee health and COVID-19.

Exclusive: Human Energy Shines Bright at University of Innovative Distributor 2022

2022 University of Innovative Distribution reenergizes distributor attendees.

Sphere 1 Celebrates 23 Years and Announces 2021 Award Winners 

Annual conference fetes top distributor members and suppliers.  

Simpson Strong-Tie Honors Retiring WSU Engineering Professors

Industry leaders were key supporters of the Simpson Strong-Tie Research and Testing Laboratory at the WSU Pullman Campus.

Chris Keffer Named VP of Sales and Marketing for STIHL

Keffer joins STIHL from Stanley Black and Decker. 

U.S. Housing Market Slides in April

Housing starts were flat for month but still trend 14.6 percent over April 2021.

Champion Cutting Tool Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Champion brands include Mercer, Champion, Brute Platinum, RotoBrute and Proline.

Southwire Recognized as a U.S. Best Managed Company for the Third Year in a Row

Award recognizes firms that demonstrate excellence in strategic planning and execution, strong financial performance and  resilient cultures.

New South Construction Supply and American Contractor’s Supply Terminate Acquisition Agreement

Parties agree to pause deal.

PaintLine Opens Second Distribution Center in Canada

Distribution and fulfillment expands from British Columbia to Ontario.

Dodge: Total Construction Starts Decline in March

Widespread pullback in construction activity following a strong February.

APA Releases 2022 Structural Panel & Engineered Wood Yearbook 

U.S. enacts measures to address rising inflation, influencing construction market outlook.

Point of Rental Earns HAE Supplier of the Year Honors 

Company wins leading European industry award. 

Handling Systems International Expands Capacity

NIKORail workstation maker adds 20,000 square feet of manufacturing space. 

Wright Celebrates 95th Anniversary

Manufacturing icon has shipped over 150 million tools throughout the world.

New Industrial Marketing Agency, Strativise, Inc., Positions to Disrupt Traditional Industrial Marketing

New agency of specialists only works with industrial B2B companies.

CRAFTSMAN Celebrates Women Makers With "She Builds Pride" Limited Edition Storage Giveaway

CRAFTSMAN is teaming up with TV host Cristy Lee and esteemed furniture makers Woodward Throwbacks to recognize and share stories of women makers across the country.

Viega Fittings Earn Additional Navy Approval

Pressing technology approved for use on U.S. Navy surface combatants.

Evergreen Completes Leadership Succession

Kevin Higginbotham retires and William W. Ward takes reins. 

AMECO Acquires F&M MAFCO

Combined organization extends geographical reach to provide unmatched onsite solutions
to construction and maintenance industry.

Cat Phones Mark 10 Years of Innovation

World firsts include integrated thermal imaging camera, thinnest rugged phone and most hygienically advanced smartphone. 

HD Announces $150 Million Venture Capital Fund to Fuel Home Improvement Innovation

Fund aims to identify and spur companies that can ehance HD's product and service offerings and elevate customer experience.

PrimeSource Acquires Axxis, Expanding Portfolio of Specialty Residential Building Products

Strategic acquisition enhances product catalog and extends customer reach.

Woodgrain Closes Huttig Building Products Acquisition

Deal expands Woodgrain's footprint to 32 distribution centers. 

MSA Offers Free Virtual Learning Sessions

Three virtual sessions cover connectivity, gas detection fleet management and cyber security for gas detection IOT systems.

Lawless Group Names New CEO

Jack Templin joins the Lawless Group from AD.

Truewerk Becomes Workwear Sponsor of The Build Show Network

Work apparel innovator launches co-branded merchandise collection with construction media platform. 

Mule-Hide Products Promotes Jeremy Grunewald to National Product Manager

Grunewald will lead sales for Mule-Hide’s portfolio of commercial roofing products.

HBS Systems Introduces Bobcat Dealership Reporting 

Bobcat dealers will be able to look at service efficiencies, recovery rates, inventory turn, sales mix, gross profits, absorption rates, ROI, time utilization and more.

Techniweld USA Launches TWUSA.Com

Revolutionary new website features industry-first advanced sorting, filtering and search features to speed distributor sourcing and ordering functions. 

Werk-Brau Celebrates 75 Years

Launched in 1947, the company now employs more than 500 professionals.

AD appoints Marisol Fernandez as President of Electrical & Industrial Business Unit

Fernandez returns to AD from a stint as an SVP at Bunzl.

U.S. New Home Sales slide 8.6 percent in March

Average sales price hits $523,900.

Sullair Announces Climate Change Action — Aims for Carbon Neutrality in 2023

Strategy includes CO2 reduction, transitioning to 100% renewable electricity and a carbon offset program.

Book 'em, Dano! E-Books Still No Match for Print

Worldwide and here in the U.S., print books are most popluar by a wide margin.  

New South Construction Supply to Acquire American Contractors Supply

American Contractors Supply is a leading distributor and supplier of tilt-up products based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Quick Fitting Rebrands Push-to-Connect Fittings

High-quality fittings are now named Quick Fitting Brass, Quick Fitting Copper, and Quick Fitting Stainless Steel.

HD Names New EVPs

Matt Carey is new EVP of customer experience; Fahim Siddiqui is now EVP and chief information officer.

National Subcontractor Market Report Spotlights Industry Challenges

Amid soaring material and labor prices, subcontractors remain optimistic in 2022.

KIOTI Tractor Awards Top-Performing Dealers with 5-Paw Status

Eighty-nine dealers recognized for excellence in customer experience.

U.S. Housing Production Softens in March

Multifamily permits and starts are bright spots, up 0.4 and 0.3 percent for month.

Milwaukee Tool Opens Engineering New Technology Office in Chicago

New location will serve as an Engineering Design and Innovation space to accommodate the company’s continued investments into new technology.

JLG Financial Expands Retail Lending Program

Program is now available to equipment purchasers in the U.S. and Canada.

Evergreen Names Members and Suppliers of the Year

Colony Hardware Corp. and Milwaukee Tool take Tier 1 honors.

Milwaukee Type 2 Safety Helmets

Milwaukee's Type 2 Safety Helmets deliver you better protection and more comfort. These safety helmets offer protection from top and side impacts.

These construction safety helmets are BOLT™ compatible with four BOLT™ accessory slots and two universal accessory slots that easily integrate additional personal protection equipment and accessories so you can adapt to your jobsite.

The helmets include a MILWAUKEE® BOLT™ Headlamp Mount that works with most headlamps for easy, secure attachment, and a BOLT™ Marker Clip allows for easy access to pens and markers.

This Milwaukee helmet has a comfortable padded suspension that includes an adjustable swinging ratchet for better comfort. The climbing style helmet also has a comfortably fitting five adjustable buckle chin strap for better security. An antimicrobial sweatband and helmet liner prevent odor and bacteria build up and are removable and machine washable.

Features:

  • Protects Side and Top Impact
  • Secure Accessories Simultaneously - BOLT™ Accessory Compatible
  • Comfortable Padded Suspension
  • Comfortable Fit - 5 Adjustable Buckles Chin Strap
  • Adjustable swinging ratchet - better comfort
  • Antimicrobial and moisture wicking Sweat Band and Helmet Liner
  • Machine washable sweat band, helmet liner and chin strap
  • Includes a BOLT™ Headlamp Mount that works with most headlamps
  • Includes a BOLT™ Marker Clip for easy access to pens and markers
  • ANSI/ISEA Z89.1 Type 2 Class C
  • Meets Energy Absorption Capacity clauses 4.2.1.2 (Front), 4.2.1.3 (Side), & 4.2.1.4 (Rear), and Retention System clauses 4.2.3 (Strength) & 4.2.4 (Effectiveness) of EN12492:2012
  • Made in USA With Global Materials
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • UL Third-Party Tested and Certified

These safety helmets are ANSI type 2 and customizable by adding your logo.

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Fastenal Q1 Sales Up 20.3 Percent

Q1 sales hit $1.7 billion.

NAHB Launches New Mentorship Program

Leadership Connect pairs advisors and apprentices to develop the next generation of NAHB leaders.

Statista: U.S. Inflation Surges to a 4-Decade High

March reading was the highest since December 1981.

DEUTZ Corporation Names David Evans President and CEO

Evans will replace Bob Mann, who is retiring.

U.S. Construction Spending Advances 0.5 Percent in February

Public construction spending dips 0.4 percent for month.

ARA Certified Training Programs are Now Available

Certified Sales, Service and Mobile Elevating Work Platform programs teach job-specific skills for rental professionals.

Simpson Strong-Tie Brings Concealed Beam Hanger to 2022 Mass Timber Conference with Historic Seismic Testing on Tap

Company to participate in world’s largest mass timber shake table test scheduled for July 2022 at UCSD’s Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure lab.

Karl M. Weiler Receives ISA Lifetime Achievement Award

Industrial Supply Association award honors long standing-industry service and contributions.

ASC Welcomes Brian Peters as Director of Membership and Industry Programs

Peters brings ASC 12 years of association membership experience.

Simpson Strong-Tie Completes the Acquisition of ETANCO Group

ETANCO is a leading European construction fastener manufacturer. 

RectorSeal and TRUaire Celebrate Scholarship Program Continuation

Program supports Vietnamese students in construction-related industries. 

Terry Horan Named President and CEO of STIHL Inc.

Industry veteran brings 35 years of category experience to U.S. subsidiary.

JLG Names Ara Eckel Director of Product Management for Connected Solutions Platform

Eckel will drive the company's jobsite connectivity channel strategy.

Southwire and Braves Development Company Announce New Offices at The Battery Atlanta, Partnership with Atlanta Braves

North American industry leader to open 23,000-square-foot office in October.

Point of Rental Celebrates 40 Years

Company was launched in 1982 by three former NASA engineers. 

White Cup Launches White Cup CRM

Platform is purpose-built to drive revenue for distributors through improved sales and marketing.

RAPTOR XF Drives into Harder Woods

RAPTOR composite staples, nails, and specialty fasteners and RAPTOR XF nails can be cut and sanded without damaging router bits, saw blades and sanding belts.

Acme Tools Acquires Fargo Tractor Assets from Titan Machinery

Acme Equipment becomes Kubota dealer for Fargo/Moorhead region.

Scenic Road Looks to Future with New General Manager and VP of Sales and Marketing

Scenic Road Manufacturing hires Kevin McGill and promotes Tom McDermott; conjoining decades of consumer-first manufacturing experience.

Dodge: Total Construction Starts Increase in February

Large manufacturing projects break ground, offsetting weakness elsewhere.

Road Widener LLC Expands Sales Coverage with Three New Managers

Company introduces new business development and RSMs.

JLG Expands Manufacturing Footprint into Tennessee

Adds capacity at three plants and ramps up telehandler, boom lift and scissor lift production.

NETA Introduces ANSI/NETA ETT-2022 Standard for Certification of Electrical Testing Technicians

Standard establishes minimum requirements for qualification and certification of electrical testing technicians, including training and experience.

LeadSmart Technologies expands software solutions

Key products become LeadSmart Channel Cloud for Manufacturers, Distributors and Sales Agents and LeadSmart Connect for Salesforce.com users.

Festool’s Next-Generation Tool Suite Is Now Shipping

Newest tools inlcude updated track saw, router, hammer drill, Bluetooth speaker, hose and clamp sets.

Southwire Acquires Novinium, Inc.  

Novinium is a cable rejuvenation solutions provider focused on electric utilities. 

2022 State Of Residential Construction Industry Report Reveals Solutions For U.S. Residential Builders During An Inflation Period

Report indicates key trends in US residential home building marked by inflation, supply chain disruption and surge in demand.

Brass Knuckle Releases New Catalog

Info-packed publication makes product specifying easier.

AD associates support 3,200 children in need during event at Cradles to Crayons

During the event, AD’s Giving Back Committee also presented Cradles to Crayons with a check for $23,302. 

Structurlam Names New VP of Manufacturing & Operations for Production Facility in Arkansas

Jason Trenn joins Structurlam, a leading manufacturer of mass timber in North America.

Woodgrain to Acquire Huttig Building Products

All-cash transaction is valued at $10.70 per share, or approximately $350 million.

NAHB Urges Swift Action on Canadian Lumber Pact Following UK Deal on Steel Tariffs

Lumber tariffs and pricing currently adds nearly $19,000 to the price of a new home. 

U.S. New Home Sales Slip 2 Percent in February

Average price hits $511,000.

FleetWatcher Anti-Theft Features Thwart Thieves and Locate Stolen Equipment

GPS technology allows users to see where any piece of equipment is at any time.

Johnson Controls Prepares Channel Partners for DOE 2023 Efficiency Regulations

New standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment go into effect January 1, 2023.

JLG Offers Low-Level Access Lifts for Purchase Online

Four models, EcoLift 50 and 70, plus 830P and 1030P, are available. 

Education: Shropshire 3D Installs 3D Printing and STEM Products into 275th School

Equipment helps students learn engineering, CAD (computer aided design) and measurement for manufacturing careers.

MAX USA To Attend JLC Live 2022

MAX will showcase its latest products at JLC Live 2022, March 24-26.

Rhino Carbon Fiber Earns ICC-ES Certification

Certification verifies that Rhino Carbon Fiber products are engineered with consistent results and perform reliably in real-world applications.

Daliborka Riberio Joins JLG Product Management Team

Becomes director of the company’s telehandler product line. 

Guardian Releases New Brand and Category Videos

New content supports Guardian's updated brand positioning campaign.

Tranzonic Expands Private Label and Contract Converting for Dry and Presaturated Wipes

New service increases their domestic manufacturing capabilities of this critical hygiene product category.

Arrow Fastener Expands Leadership Team

Taiwo Akinyemi becomes VP of finance and Tom Overacker is named director of distribution and warehousing. 

Minnich Manufacturing Announces Top-Performing Dealers of 2021

Logan Contractors Supply, Inc. of Des Moines takes top honor. 

B2W Software Launches New App for Tracking Employee Time and Performance

B2W Employee App complements B2W Track and provides reporting solution for individuals working independent of crews, job sites or supervisors.

The Lawless Group Promotes David King To Vice President of Operations Integration

King has been The Lawless Group's Warehouse and Operations Manager since 2017.

Simpson Strong Tie Yield-Link Moment Connection Leads Innovations at NASCC Steel Conference

Simpson is bringing a full suite of structural steel solutions to the 2022 NASCC Steel Conference March 23–25 in Denver, Colorado.

Shurtape Technologies, LLC, Adds The Lawless Group East as Rep Agency 

Partnership expands the Company’s distribution footprint in the Southeast U.S.

LeadSmart Technologies partners with NetPlus Alliance

LeadSmart Technologies, a provider of cloud-based CRM, channel collaboration and business intelligence software, announced a technology partnership with NetPlus Alliance.

ORS NASCO Names Shane McCarthy COO

McCarthy joins ORS NASCO from Lawson Products.

DXP Enterprises Makes Two Acquisitions

DXP Enterprises has completed the acquisitions of Drydon Equipment Inc. and Burlingame Engineers.

AllState Fastener Corporation Recognized with General Motors Supplier of the Year Overdrive Award

The Overdrive Award is given to suppliers who excel in GM’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain priorities.

Ward Lumber presents the 2021 Vendor of the Year Award to Coastal Business Supplies

Ward Lumber has been serving northern New York customers since 1890. 

Wooster Products adds R & D/QC Manager

Matt Gray will initially focus on Wooster's photoluminescent non-slip product lines. 

Women in Construction Use TikTok to Highlight Skills and Battle Discrimination

The drive to attract more women to the trades is hitting some old walls.

NEFCO Announces CEO Succession Plan & Leadership Promotions

David Gelles to become Executive Chairman; Matthew Gelles to become President & CEO; Ron Cipriano to become EVP & COO.

Exclusive: VoIP – The Latest Phone Systems for Contractor Suppliers

VoIP systems help distributors capture and retain callers for greater sales efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Makita Launches Rule the Outdoors Campaign for 2022

Growing cordless OPE system is featured in new national 360-degree media campaign.

Togal.AI Celebrates COO and Trailblazer Karlie LaCroix

LaCroix personifies leadership during Women in Construction Week.

Dorner Appoints Lindsey Muchka as New Director of Marketing

Muchka joins Dorner from Tailored Label Products. 

RectorSeal Acquires Shoemaker Manufacturing

Deal expands Rectorseal's domestic grill, register and diffuser product lineup.

U.S. New Home Sales Slip 4.5 Percent in January

Average sales price hits $496,900.

Countdown Begins for RIDGID Experience 2022

Enter now for a chance to win.

Southwire Launches Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Website

New site highlights what Southwire stands for, including?its focus on sustainability and diversity.

HD Names Paula Santilli and Caryn Seidman-Becker to Board

Santilli joins HD from her spot as CEO of PepsiCo Latin America: Seidman-Becker founded CLEAR.

Exclusive: The Dynamic Anchoring Duo 

How to select equipment for maximum safety and efficiency in utility anchoring applications.

Better Tools Becomes North American Distributor of BIHUI Tiling Tools

Leading flooring installation tool supplier adds BIHUI professional tiling tools to product portfolio.

RectorSeal and Dust Free Introduce IAQ3 Strategy for Healthier Residential and Commercial Environments 

IAQ3 products are designed to meet a wide spectrum of indoor air quality demands for residential and commercial applications.

Nosek to be STAFDA Associate Speaker in San Diego

Keson VP Jude Nosek will deliver STAFDA’s Associate State-of-the-Industry address at San Diego Convention.

Road Test: Simpson Strong-Tie Partners with the University of Texas to Test and Supply New Pavement Reinforcement Technologies

Simpson Strong-Tie Carbophalt and Glasphalt reinforcement grids have been proven to limit water penetration and crack reflection in road surfaces.

Zurn Water Solutions and Elkay Manufacturing to Combine

Merger will create a leader in sustainable water solutions.

MTA Distributors Reaches Sales Representation in 50 States

MTA joins forces with Construction Product Sales, Inc. to complete nationwide sales coverage.

Reed Celebrates 125 Years in Business

Leading pipe tool and vise manufacturer fetes landmark.

ISA Reimagines its Convention Model

Association reinstates in-person format for coming convention.

U.S. Single-Family Housing Starts Slip 5.6 Percent in January

But single-family permits climb 6.8 percent for month. 

The Whittemore Co. Expands Lyndex-Nikken Coverage to Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Whittemore now represents Lyndex-Nikken in 8 midwestern states.

Western Global Enhances Customer Support with New Website 

Western Global is a leading provider of portable tanks and dispensing equipment for the storage and handling of fuels, lubricants and other fluids.

ASSE/IAPMO/ANSI Issues Series 27000-2022 Standard for Hybrid Fire Extinguishing Systems Personnel

Series 27000 includes three standards: Design; Installation; and Inspection, Testing and Maintenance. 

HD Announces Fiscal 2021 Results and 2022 Guidance

2021 sales grew 14.4 percent over 2020; predicts 2022 will be comparable to 2021 results.

Bob Begley Joins JLG Product Management Team

Named Director for Scissor Lifts, Vertical Lifts and Low-Level Access Lifts.

Fecon Adds Vermeer MidSouth as Forestry Mulcher Dealer

Vermeer MidSouth serves customers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana.

AD Member-owners Elect 2022 Board of Directors

Karla Neupert Hockley and Tim Horsman join board.

Slag Cement Association Celebrates 20 Years

SCA is celebrating 20 years of providing resources for using slag cement in concrete construction.

Point of Rental Expands Into Canada

Ben Sinclair and Irfan Ahmed will spearhead company's new Toronto office.

MAX USA Releases Webinar Schedule for 2022

TwinTier webinars take place every Tuesday.

Exclusive: 6 Key Inventory Metrics for Electrical Contractor Service Truck Fleets

Improve inventory tracking and stock levels, increase technician efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction.

Mecalac Adds Seven Dealers to Growing North American Network

New dealers are in Virginia, New York, Tennessee, Idaho, Kentucky, Colorado and British Columbia.

Verisk Report Shows Mixed Signals for Housing Market

New construction growth edged higher in January, but homebuilder confidence fell for the first time in four months.

Ino USA Opens Buffalo Facility

Belt manufacturer expands into U.S. to better serve North American distributors. 

Mule-Hide Names Chris Schmidt National Business Development Manager

Schmidt joins Mule Hide from United States Gypsum (USG).

IAPMO Hires John Watson as VP, Industry Relations and Business Development

Watson brings IAPMO more than 30 years of plumbing industry experience.

NAHB: Soaring Construction Costs Drop Housing Affordability to Lowest Level in a Decade

The national median home price increased to a record $360,000 in Q4, up $40,000 from Q1 2021.

Bob Evans Named Executive Vice President of Industrial Supply Company

Evans expands on his role as Customer Supply Chain Services leader.

Home Depot names new CEO

Edward "Ted" Decker becomes CEO and president.

CANOW Inc. to operate as Lawless West

Eric Stone has been named president of the new division.

Hy-Brid Lifts Reports Record Sales in 2021 

Sales grow 99 percent for year.

MAX USA Announces Second Half 2021 Awards

Company fetes top sales and customer service associates.

Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Fence Planner Software

Simpson expands suite of free outdoor living solutions applications. 

Craig named president of Fein US

Fein Power Tools has named William Craig president of its U.S. division.

Cortec Releases Quick Start Guide on Direct to Metal Coatings for Construction Applications

Guide provides a quick intro to Cortec Micro-Corrosion Inhibiting Coatings Technology. 

AD Member Sales Up 30% to a Record $58.5 Billion in 2021

83 independents joined AD in 2021, bringing the total to 845 member companies.

Rental Leaders Unite to Provide Relief in Kentucky

Point of Rental joins Lowe’s, others In providing needed services after tornadoes.

HD Announces Plans to Hire 100,000 Associates

Company is hiring for flexible, full-time and part-time positions.

Optrel Expands Business Development Team

Jeff Morris and Alicia Kamm bring Optrel extensive business development and digital marketing experience. 

Beacon unveils New Look for Tri-Built Products

New TRI-BUILT tagline is "Built to Work."

NAHB Offers Resources To Celebrate CTE Month in February

Career and Technical Education Month encourages students to explore high-wage, high-demand careers.

News - 2022.02.01 U.S. Construction Spending Grows 8.2 Percent in 2021

Residential construction in 2021 grew 23.2 percent year over year.

JLG Partners with RE2 Robotics

Partnership will expand robotic solutions to deliver improved operator safety and enhanced productivity.

PSMJ Survey Forecasts Strong 2022 for AEC Firms

Only office buildings saw a drop in proposal activity during Q4 2021.

Pro Staff merges with Lawless Group

Steve Kraft will remain with the group as director of sales, along with Justin Vailes, president.

RIDGID Partners with Pfister Docuseries “American Plumber Stories”

Season 2 promotes the importance of recruiting, supporting and training the next generation of plumbers.

BEST 6.0: The Building Efficiency System Tool Now Available for Download

Hydronic Industry Alliance-Commercial offers project calculating tool for free download. 

Mayhew Tools Sponsors 2022 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Pole Award

Spnsorship acknowledges drivers and crews.

Champion Cutting Tool Corp. Names New NSM

Kevin West begins key new role as Mark Anderson retires.

U.S. New Home Sales Rise 11.9 Percent in December

Average sales price hits $457,300.

Industrial Supply Company Names New President

Jessica Yurgaitis becomes first woman to hold the position.

Privately-Owned Housing Permits Climb 9.1 percent in December

Single-family permits rise 2.0 percent for month.

Structurlam Names New VP of Sales for Construction East Division and Industrial North America

Paul Drace joins leading mass timber manufacturer.

PCA Announces 2022 Focus for Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality

Sustainability efforts will engage stakeholders across the concrete value chain to measure progress toward 2050 carbon neutrality goal.

Wells Fargo Survey: Construction Industry Expects Strong Profitability in 2022, Despite Supply Chain & Labor Challenges

Optimism reaches highest level since 2019, 44% increase from 2021.

Hampton Products Acquires Commando Lock

Acquisition expands Hampton's portable security portfolio with Military-Grade security systems.

Crosby Group Launches App for Elevator Car Weighing and Balancing

New App expands functionality of Crosby's Clamp On Line Tensiometer (COLT).

Wilcox named president of Walter USA

Mark Willcox is appointed president of Walter USA; Jeff Tisdell named VP USA.

NEFCO Opens New Location in Maine

New Westbrook store has 14,250 square feet of space and a state-of- the-art showroom.

U.S. EPA Recognizes IAPMO UES to Certify Insulations Under ENERGY STAR Seal and Insulate Program

IAPMO UES is accredited by the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) as an ISO/IEC 17065 certification body to certify numerous building materials, including residential insulation.

Adventurer and Wilderness Survivalist Bear Grylls to Keynote STAFDA’s San Diego Convention

Famed adventurer will discuss Resilience & Overcoming Obstacles.

Fecon LLC acquired by Windjammer Capital

Fecon is a leading global manufacturer of heavy- duty forestry mulching equipment and  forestry accessories.

Simpson Strong-Tie Donates $25,000 to Aid Recovery Efforts in the Philippines After Super Typhoon Rai

Nearly 7 million people were affected across the region.

Gleason Promoted at Altenhoh, Brinck and Co.

Bob Gleason is named Regional Sales Manager for SPAX fastener line. 

Hytorc Prepares for World of Concrete

Hytorc will showcase its Connect app, MXT+ Hydraulic Torque Wrench, award-winning J-Washer and more solutions in Booth C4060.

Makita Ready to Go Live at World of Concrete 2022

Makita booth will feature more battery-powered equipment and tools for concrete contractors.

Hillman Group to Build 450,000-square-foot Multi-Use Facility in Georgia

Facility will employ 250 associates, including 50 new hires. 

MAX USA Gears Up for World of Concrete

MAX will be exhibiting newest tools and offering swag at booth W3705.

NEFCO Completes Acquisition of Russell Supply

Russell Supply serves Vermont, New York and New Hampshire.

U.S. Housing Starts Surge 11.8 Percent in November

Single-family starts advance 11.3 percent for month. 

Master Magnetics Announces Senior Management Reorganization

Promotions focus on managing growth and customer service.

Evergreen Marketing Group Announces CFC Supply of Utah as Newest Member

CFC Supply serves the Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah markets.

Sphere 1 Announces Retirement of Bob Borrhello as Advisor 

Bob Borrhello has been Sphere 1’s founding Board Chairman for 16 years.

Flow-Rite Hires Alfred Estrada as VP of Sales

Estrada brings Flow-Rite over 20 years of senior-level manufacturing management experience.

Exclusive: 3 Automation Technologies You Need to Build a More Intelligent MRO Stockroom

Automated solutions in warehousing typically have the greatest return on investment for both small and large facilities.

Trex Commercial Appoints New U.S. RSRs 

Michael Angelo Scalze and Kyle Jorgenson will enhance Trex presence in the Midwest region.

Motion completes acquisition of Kaman Distribution Group

Motion Industries completed the purchase of Kaman Distribution Group for approximately $1.3 billion in cash, effective Jan. 3, 2022.

ISA names Breen president

The Industrial Supply Association has named Brendan Breen to be its president, assuming the role effective immediately.

NetPlus Alliance Welcomes Sebastian Habermehl as Marketing Manager

Habermehl joins NetPlus Alliance from Taylor Devices Inc.

Mechanix Wear Partners with LineDrive Sales Agency

Partnersip will accelerate Mechanix Wear's industrial sales growth in the United States.

Shurtape Technologies Announces Vuk Trivanovic as CEO

Trivanovic succeeds John Kahl, who is retiring.

White Cap Acquires Diamond Tool and Cook & Boardman Rebar Operations

Diamond Tool is in Philadelphia; rebar operation is located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pearlman Group buys Vector Tools

Vector Tools is a distributor of stone fabrication and installation tools and supplies operating throughout the Southeast.

Flow-Rite Expands in Europe

New office will be led by international business manager Steven Wong, who moves from Hong Kong.

PTI Offers Tips for Longer, Safer Power Tool Battery Life

Follow these practices to keep your tool batteries in good working order.

U.S. New Homes Sales Advance 12.4 Percent in November

The average sales price is $481,700.

In Memoriam: Bob Ebbert

Industry icon passed away on December 10, 2021. 

HD Expands Everyday Military Discount Benefit for All Veterans 

U.S. veterans, active service members and spouses who pre-register for the benefit via The Home Depot app will receive a 10 percent discount on their purchases in stores and online.

Simpson Strong-Tie Releases 2021 Year in Review List Highlighting Best New Products, Innovations and Building Solutions

Top new products include Strong-Wall WSWH High-Strength Wood Shearwall, the Strong-Drive SD Connector SS Screw and more.

ITR Podcast: The Macroeconomic Outlook for 2022

Signs indicate continued growth in 2022 but perhaps not at the pace we saw in 2021.

A Merry MAX Christmas Tale

MAX USA Corp. helps Santa on his way.

Dodge: Total Construction Falls Sharply In November

Absence of large projects pushes nonresidential starts lower; underlying trend remains positive.

Owens Corning PINK Next Gen Fiberglas Insulation Earns 2021 Product Innovation Award

Architectural Products Magazine names PINK a winner for as one of the most innovative construction products.

Industrial Supply Company Raises $22,000 to Support the Utah Food Bank

ISC has hosted the annual event since the 1990s. 

TouchPoint, Inc. Acquires Morse Watchmans

Morse Watchmans is an industry-leading global supplier of intelligent key management systems.

Radians Responds to December Tornado Outbreak with PPE Donation

Company donates nine pallets of PPE to Matthew 25: Ministries. 

Milwaukee Tool to Exhibit at World of Concrete

Milwaukee will be located in the Silver Lot, booth number 030800.

Coxreels Launches Ship Ready Program

Program includes more than 80 SKU’s that will ship no later than the next business day of order.

Southwire Acquires OBI Partners, Inc.

Addition to enhance digital services, provide utility solutions and accelerate innovation.

NAHB: 25% of New Single-Family Homes are Infills or Teardowns

Dense population regions see highest rates of teardown activity.

Husqvarna Integrates Blastrac and Diamatic into the Husqvarna Construction Brand

The recently acquired Blastrac and Diamatic products will be rebranded and integrated into the global Husqvarna offering.

MRA Offers Tips for Preventing Rooftop Snow Avalanches

Snow guards work to hold back rooftop snow and allow it to melt more gradually and predictably to prevent tragedies.

JCB North America Opens New Dealership in Houston

New $8M Monk JCB sponsored dealership has 13,000 square feet on 5 acres.

Sullair Acquires Compressor-Pump & Service

Salt Lake City's CPS has been a Sullair distributor since 1991. 

ClarkDietrich Offers New CEU Course on Effective Moisture Management in Exterior Finishing Systems

Free webinar is set for December 16. 

White Cap Acquires Ram Tool

Ram adds 45 stores to the White Cap portfolio.

Simpson Strong-Tie Launches Curriculum Resources for AEC Educators

Resources include online courses, videos, Simpson Strong-Tie software and more.

Structurlam Adds Mass Timber Specialist in the Pacific Northwest

Jon Potter brings extensive civil engineering experience to Structurlam. 

Altorfer Rents and Sullair Continue Partnership Amid Expansion

Altorfer is opening two new rental stores in Oglesby and Quincy, Ill.

Saint-Gobain to Acquire GCP Applied Technologies

GCP products include concrete and cement additives and building materials.

ACI/ASCC Publishes Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 4th Edition

New manual runs 262 pages and includes color photos and illustrations.

Southwire Acquires Topaz Lighting Corporation

Addition helps position Southwire as an industry leader in electrical components and lighting.

NEFCO Opens New Fulfillment Center in Richmond, VA

New facility will have 77,000 square feet of warehouse and will employ 30 workers initially. 

MAX USA Corp. Celebrates 80 Years with Major Offer

This month only, the MAX SuperRoofer CN445R3 is on sale.

Metabo HPT and Drop Zone TV Partner to bring Cordless Power Tools to the Outdoors

Outdoor Channel TV show will promote MultiVolt tool platform to viewers. 

Evergreen Marketing Group Announces Safewaze As A Preferred Supplier

SafeWaze is a leading provider of fall protection systems. 

Southwire Acquires OBI Partners, Inc.

Addition to enhance digital services, provide utility solutions and accelerate innovation.

WORX Tools Issues Holiday Gift Recommendations

Stocking stuffers include a work light, oscillating tool and compact vacuum.

Public Construction Spending Drives Modest Uptick in October

Public construction advanced 1.8 percent for month while private sectior spending lagged 0.2 percent. 

Columbus McKinnon Expands Conveying Solutions with Acquisition of Garvey Corporation

Columbus McKinnon also acquired Dorner Mfg. Corp. in April 2021.

Inflation, Labor Shortages Weigh Down Construction Industry in Third Quarter, Finds Marcum Index

Nonresidential construction spending remains 10.7 percent below January 2020 levels but is just 1.3 lower than it was one-year ago. 

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