Industry News

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

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Voltec Power & Lighting promotes Ryan Kelly to Western RSM

Voltec’s Bob Chinn to retire.

Voltec Power & Lighting promotes Brendan Miller to EVP

Voltec’s President Tom Miller to retire.

Moldex boosts respirator manufacturing

The company has hired extra personnel, added more shifts, and is nearing maximum capacity.

Coxreels launches Ship Ready program

Program includes more than 80 SKUs that are ready for same- or next-day shipping.

Point of Rental releases Essentials v3.0

Upgrade brings maintenance, multistore capabilities and more to Cloud-based rental platform.

Stellar Industries celebrates 30 years of innovation

Stellar's first product, a hydraulic hooklift hoist, was introduced in 1990.

Exclusive: Business continuity in the service sector

Deploying remote assistance tools proves key.

STAFDA offers customer service workshop video program

Package contains complete workshop videos and PDFs of all handouts.

Hy-Brid Lifts appoints South-Central territory manager

Chad Diacek will cover Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Northern Texas.

New home sales rise 0.6 percent in April

Average selling price is $364,500.

Festool USA to launch new cordless tool line on July 1

New lineup delivers high-end quality, unmatched warranty guarantees and exceptional pricing.

PrimeSource expands distribution of OZCO Building Products

OZCO originated the Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) hardware category.

CRSI’s Amy Trygestad promoted to Vice President of Engineering

Trygestad began her career with CRSI in 2016.

NAHB report: Remodeler gross profit margins hit their highest levels in 30 years in 2018

Net profit margin remained unchanged at 5.2 percent.

AGC: Economist predicts U.S. construction will lag during recovery

The loss of 975,000 construction jobs from March to April represented nearly 13 per cent of the industry’s employment.

Vortex hires new Director of Quality Control & Product Development

Scott Podhaisky joins the Vortex Companies from LafargeHolcim.

Coxreels releases updated Construction Industry Catalog

Update includes 24 pages of products for construction shops, job sites and vehicles.

Grex Power Tools announces Ready, Set, Go! Big Sale

Grex power tools and accessories are on sale now for the first time at 10 percent savings.

Makita aims to rule the outdoors in new national media campaign

New campaign touts Makita's cordless leadership in outdoor power equipment with 275-plus 18V tools and counting.

Talbert Manufacturing recognized for 70 years of industry support and dedication

Talbert specializes in heavy-haul solutions.

Southwire expands giving in response to COVID-19

Company will donate $1 million this year.

Stoneburner to head Kaman Industrial Technologies

Stoneburner joins Kaman from Motion Industries.

Victaulic names Rick Bucher President

Bucher has been with Victaulic since 2009.

Weekly Pandemic Revenue Index continues to show decline

The weekly Pandemic Revenue Index shows that distributors are still seeing double-digit sales declines.

Dodge Momentum Index trips on COVID-19 in April

Index drops 6 percent overall; commercial construction falls 7.6 percent.

Exclusive: Navigating the COVID-19 economy

How distributors and OEMs can work together.

NAHB: House relief package would allow trade associations to access business loans

Proposed relief package would also devote nearly $1 trillion to state, local and territorial governments.

STAFDA to host free sales webinar tomorrow

Selling in Tough Times & Tough Markets is set for May 12.

Starrett adds three sales managers

The L.S. Starrett Company recently announced three sales management appointments in North America.

Asphalt Anchors Corp. offers free calculator for designing fences on asphalt

Online tool helps users determine the strongest, most cost-efficient anchors for mounting fences on asphalt surfaces.

Makinex names new VP of sales and marketing

Bill Marshall brings Makinex 19 years of global construction and industrial B2B experience.

Uponor North America to host five-part webinar series

Webinars will cover built environments, air quality, thermal comfort and high-performance HVAC systems.

MRA offers tips for the coming hurricane season

This year is projected to have above-normal probability for major hurricanes.

Soaring PPE sales results in April sales gain for Fastenal

Safety product sales were up 120% vs. last April; excluding that gain, sales would have fallen by 16.4% in the month.

Exclusive: Grow your company by hiring "obessive compulsive" employees

Pre-employment tests and other methods can help you hire obsessive-compulsive employees – when a job requires perfectionism and attention to detail.

Industrial Supply Company renews AS9120 certification

Salt Lake City branch of leading regional distributor earns valuable cerification to serve the aerospace industry. 

Extracker delivers safety and security for construction industry during coronavirus crisis

Software platform enhances efficiency and eliminates risky in-person contact so contractors can save time and protect revenue.

Viega hosts online training

Attendees can earn credits and certifications, get questions answered in realtime.

STAFDA offers free webinar on selling in the current market

Selling in Tough Times & Tough Markets is set for May 12, 2020.

Prebena updates fastener market availability

Ulrich Wicke reviews the current market trends in monthy newsletter.

Traffic Safety firms rebrand as Statewide Safety Systems

Affiliated traffic management, safety, rentals and signage companies unite under a single brand.

March construction spending held up before COVID-19 kicked in

Total U.S. construction spending rose 0.9 percent for month. Any guesses for the numbers going forward?

STAFDA announces two webinars, both on May 7

Lessons from Katrina: Help for Engaging Your Team, Customers, & Markets during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Returning Employees to Work After COVID-19.