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

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MRA Welcomes New Member Companies

Best Buy Metals, Live Oak Metals, Metal Roof Master, North Star Metals, and Metal Sales Manufacturing Company have joined MRA as manufacturer members.

OSHA Hazard Alert: Extreme Heat Can Be Deadly to Workers

Nearly 3 out of 4 workers who die from heat-related causes die in their first week on the job.

APA Members Win Safety and Health Awards

Manufacturers recognized for dedication to workplace safety.

Tsurumi Pump Welcomes Ashleigh Johnson as Product Training Manager

Johnson holds a degree in mechanical engineering and brings four years of experience in the pump industry to her new role.

Beacon Reveals 2024 North American Female Roofing Pro of the Year

Brooke Laizure, owner of Whirlwind Roofing & Construction of Bixby, OK, earns top honor for her commitment to the roofing industry and empowering women.

Point of Rental Named one of Inc.’s Best Places to Work

New honor adds to a successful summer for software company.

The Home Depot Completes Acquisition of SRS Distribution

Based in McKinney, Texas, SRS is a leading regional building products distributor.

Hamilton Caster Appoints New Director of Sales

Andrew Stamp has held leadership positions at Pacteon, Syntegon and Valco Cincinnati.

Rubbermaid Commercial Unveils Give Your BRUTE a Hard Time Campaign

BRUTE’s unyielding durability takes center stage in new marketing campaign.

US Jobs Grew 272,000 in May

Overall, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs picture for May shows little change from March.

IFS to acquire Copperleaf

Expanding customer value through Copperleaf’s advanced decision Analytics software for asset-intensive industries and IFS leadership in enterprise asset management.

Simpson's Annie Kao joins Board of Directors.

INFORM to Equip Premier Aggregates with AI-Powered Transport Planning & Execution Software

Idaho-based aggregate supplier to use INFORM to optimize the dispatch of Premier Aggregates’s truck fleet.

Zekelman Industries Commits $1 Million to UWindsor for New Housing Research

Zekelman's Z Modular is taking an integrated approach to development, design and construction of  multi-family housing.

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches Lower in May, Contractors Remain Confident

A majority of contractors expecting their sales and staffing levels to expand over the next six months.

Thermal Runaway: Counterfeit or Knock Off Lithium-Ion Battery Warning: Proper Handling of Overheating Lithium-Ion Batteries

Video from Power Tool Institute details correct procedures.

SENCO Announces New VP of Marketing and Sales

Tom Hodson has been with SENCO for twenty-one years.

Jen Miller Named Evergreen Supply Network Executive Director

Miller brings Evergreen 30 years of manufacturing leadership experience. 

Festool’s New Summer Product Lineup is Now Shipping

New products include cordless combos, guide rail sets, levels and systainers. 

Brown Joins OTR as Global VP Sales & Marketing OEM

Ben Brown will report directly to OTR President and CEO Tom Rizzi.

Makinex Portable Power Box is Honored as a Top Products Award Winner

The Makinex Portable Power Box is a quiet, clean and fuel-free power source with up to 15kWh of battery capacity.

ABC: Construction Job Openings Decrease by 8,000 in April

Openings fall to lowest level since March 2023.

Dodge: Construction Starts Gain 6% in April

April's increase reverses two months of decline.

Simpson Strong-Tie Acquires Calculated Structured Designs Inc.

Canada-based software development company provides solutions for the engineered wood, engineering, design and building industries for North America, Australia and the United Kingdom.

ORBIS Recognized as a John Deere Partner-level Supplier

Wisconsin-based leader in reusable packaging solutions earns Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating recognition.

Milwaukee Tool's Steve Richman Becomes CEO of Techtronic Industries

Company announces new leadership team.

U.S. New Home Sales Slide 4.7% in April

Average selling price is $505,700.

HBS Systems Earns Elite Status Kubota DMS Certification

HBS Systems provides dealership management solutions for agricultural and heavy equipment dealerships.

Streamlight Appoints New RSM

Joshua Jeter is named regional sales manager for Industrial/Fire division.

White Cap Buys South Carolina Distributor

WWJ Rebar, a provider of customized reinforcing steel solutions is based in Aiken, South Carolina.

Red Sky Lighting's Modular Max Series Wins Prestigious Red Dot Award 

The Red Dot Award is renowned worldwide for its rigorous evaluation process and high standards. 

Engine Technology Forum Calls on the EPA to Revise its Renewable Fuel Standards

More low-carbon fuels are critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

ORBIS Partners with Blessings in a Backpack to Combat Childhood Hunger

Partnership unites community members and resources to provide supplementary weekend food to students.

New Residential Construction Starts Advance 5.7% in April

Privately-owned housing starts advance 5.7% in April; completions rise 8.6%.

Blackline Safety Expands in Utility Sector with New $1.5 Million Deal

Southern California channel partner purchases 1,000 G7c wearable devices to protect utility provider’s lone workers.

New FleetWatcher Live Order Tracking Helps Grow Material Sales for Aggregate and Asphalt Plants

New feature allows FleetWatcher customers to track deliveries online in real time.

Hy-Brid Lifts Announces Director of Sales for South-Central United States

Gary Coke brings 19 years of industry experience to Hy-Brid Lifts and recently worked with SkyJack.

Equip Exposition Debuts Certification Center to Help Landscapers Score Money-making Credentials

Turf trainings offered in both English and Spanish, valuable CEU credits available.

Hypertherm Associates Extends Application Deadline for Spark Something Great Grant Program

Tenth year of program now donates to 12 North American schools. 

ARA Issue US and Canada Q2 Economic Forecast 

Forecast predicts 9.7% increase in 2024, totaling $79.2 billion in construction and general tool rental revenue.

First Supply Partners with Exotec to Boost Operational Capabilities and Support Business Growth

New DC will serve all of the company's branch locations in the Upper Midwest as well as direct-to-customer deliveries.

Cobra Anchors Expands Reach in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky with Strategic Partnership

Dexter & Associates will provide local representation, product knowledge and special order assistance.

AD E-commerce Solutions Program Launches New Digital Initiative: AccelDX

AccelDX is an accessible opportunity to enter the digital landscape, accelerate business, and offer an online digital experience for customers.

Malco Tools Named Medium Manufacturer of the Year by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Company wins recognition for second time since 2018.

New Report: Construction Work Kills Your Feet

Construction workers suffer the second highest incidents of foot injuries of all occupations. 

The Home Depot Announces Q1 Results

Sales drop 2.3% from Q1 of 2023.

ABC: Led by Energy, Construction Materials Prices Surge in April

Prices increase 0.5% for month. 

Castle Supports the Blind Woodcrafters Wood Shop

Washington State School for the Blind resumes student shop program.

Slag Cement Association Welcomes Texas Lehigh Cement Company

Texas Lehigh will be starting production at a new slag cement facility in Houston, Texas this summer.

Strong Man Safety Products is Acquired by PearlWeave Netting Corp. 

Strong Man will continue to operate independently with management, personnel, and distribution centers remaining intact.

2024 IAPMO Codes Now Available

New codes cover solar, hydronics and geothermal; swimming pools, spas and hot tubs.

ABC: Nonresidential Construction Employment Strength Persists, Jobs Up 7,800 in April

Overall, the construction industry added 9,000 net jobs for the month. 

AD Reports Record Sales in the First Three Months of 2024 

Sales hit a record $19.5 billion. 

Metal Roofing Alliance Dispells Myths about Metal Roof Performance in Severe Weather

Metal roofs do not attract lightning and resist hail better than asphalt shingles.

PaintLine Now Available Through Wurth Baer Supply Company and Wurth Louis and Company

Woodworking industry’s leading distributors offer a broad array of PaintLine products. 

NAVAC Launches Comprehensive Training Program for HVAC Technicians 

My NAVAC University is designed to educate and empower next generation of industry technicians.

Cydney L’Hoste is Named Regional Director of Business Development, Atlantic Sales Territory for Elevate Structures

Elevate Structures is a national leader in the self-storage industry. 

2024 APA Structural Panel & Engineered Wood Yearbook Now Available

Increases in housing starts should boost engineered wood demand, analysis says.

Faith Technologies Incorporated Observes National Safety Week

National contractor is recognized by leading national organizations. 

Festool Limited Editions Take Portability and Precision to the Next Level

New cordless combo kits and router set will enhance professional workflows with superior power, precision and portability.

Tsurumi Meets Stricter Wastewater Regulations with Pumps for Rigorous Applications

Stainless steel and titanium in pump designs enhance durability and corrosion resistance, addressing the evolving wastewater needs of diverse industries worldwide.

Festool’s Spring Build-Off Set for North American HQ in Lebanon, Indiana

Two teams of woodworkers will bulid unique furniture pieces to auction off for local charity. 

First Companies Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art DC in West Salem, Wisconsin

Company has 100 employees in the La Crosse region today, with plans to double that number.

Sellars Adds VP of National Accounts

David Hine joins Sellars from von Drehle Corp. 

IFS Announces Best Q1 Results in Company History

Posts 26% increase in ARR YoY and 20% increase in Cloud revenue YoY.

Werner Plans 500 Nationwide Safety Training Sessions In Support of OSHA Safety Stand-Down

Werner to train up to 65,000 trade and construction pros nationwide.

Pro Tips for Buying Used Machinery

From manufacturer to runtime: Avoid expensive mistakes and risks with used machines.

ABC Safety Report: Construction Companies Can Be Nearly 6 Times Safer Than the Industry Average Through Best Practices

Top-performing ABC members achieve incident rates 576% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics construction industry average.

CT Manufacturing Company Responds to the Needs of First Responders, Military Heroes

Packaging and Crating Technologies creates 2nd annual charity program to benefit Tunnel to Towers Foundation. 

ESAB Wins Three 2024 Red Dot Awards for Product Design

Winners include the Renegade VOLT™ ES 200i, the first battery-powered welder that  also connects to 120V/230V mains power.

White Cap Acquires Bend Construction Supply

Bend Construction Supply is based in Bend, Oregon. 

Simpson Strong-Tie Columbus Donates $10,000 to United Way for Tornado Disaster Relief

EF-3 tornado struck Indian Lake, Ohio, in March.

MSA Offers Safety Stand-Down Virtual Sessions

Virtual sessions are set for May 6 through 9.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Survey of Economic Activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index

March new business volume down 7% year-over-year; Up 18% month-to-month and 0.5% year-to-date.

Zekelman Industries Unveils $120 Million Investment in Arkansas

Steel pipe and tube manufacturer partners with Arkansas Northeastern College on workforce training initiative.

Safety Professionals Are Invited to Share Experiences with Head Protection

Survey is open until May 2, 2024.

Exclusive: How Yard Management Solutions Can Improve Your Bottom Line

3PL yard management solutions to help businesses innovate and organize yard operations.

Werk-Brau Partners with Valley Tool to Provide Mulchers, Mowers and Landscape Rakes

Partnership expands Werk-Brau dealers' product offerings. 

US New Home Sales rise 8.8% in March

Average selling price is $524,800.

Mips and Husqvarna Announce Partnership

Partnership brings helmet-based safety technology to forestry.

ZIPWALL ZipDoor Magnetic Wins 2024 Retailers’ Choice Award

The reusable, self-closing magnetic door is the most versatile door kit by ZIPWALL.

Cobra Anchors Expands in Northeast United States with Strategic Partnership

Partnership with Lee S. Johnson Associates Inc. will allow Cobra Anchors to offer more personalized service to existing and potential industrial customers.

American Ladder Institute Offers Free Online Training and Webinars for Safe Ladder Usage in Construction/Building Trades

ALI resources easily integrate into training protocols.

U.S. Housing Takes a Hit in March

Permits slide 4.3% for month as starts fall 14.7%.  

Landscapers, Contractors, and Dealers Can “Test Before They Invest” in Equipment in Equip Expo’s 30-Acre Outdoor Demo Yard

Hands-on experience will be at Equip Exposition in Louisville Oct. 15-18, 2024.

OSCO Safety Becomes Exclusive Source for Bedford Reinforced Plastics ReadySeries Solutions

The ReadySeries system offers industrial platforms and mezzanines, walkways, fixed ladders, handrails, guardrails, stairs and more. 

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in March, Contractor Confidence Improves

The South continues to have the largest backlog, followed by the Middle States.

Slag Cement Association Welcomes CalPortland as New Member

SCA membership represents over 95% of all slag cement produced and supplied in the US.

MSA Offers Training for OSHA Safety Stand-Down, May 6-10

Courses cover fall protection, head protection, portable gas detectors and an ANSI Z359.14 update.

Radians Appoints Cal Bontemps Director of Marketing

Bontemps joins Radians from Medtronic. 

Bluegrass Wood Products Joins NWFA/NOFMA Wood Flooring Program 

Certification assures a manufacturer’s wood flooring meets or exceeds industry standards for grade, configuration, moisture content, and average board length.

Liebherr USA, Co. Announces New Divisional Director

Shane Kuhlmey steps into rolse from Liebherr USA, Co.’s mining division.

Suncor Stainless Promotes Janelle Veiga to East Region SM

Veiga has been with Suncor for 15 years in customer service and sales management. 

Malco Tools Announces Second-Annual Building Exterior Trade-Pro of the Year Winners

Five building exterior professionals from across the U.S. honored with national recognition, $1,000 in Malco tools.

ABC: Nonresidential Construction Adds Whopping 24,600 Jobs in March

Year-over-year, industry employment has expanded by 270,000 jobs.

Dirk Beveridge Launches Force for Good Live Virtual Event for Distributors on May 1

Force for Good aims to individuals in distribution and manufacturing.

Trimco Millwork Rebrands as Woodgrain, Joins Woodgrain’s Distribution Division

Woodgrain is one of the leading millwork and building products operations in the world.

James F. Howe Appointed President of Motion Industries

Howe steps from Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial and Technology Officer.

Nick Musel Promoted to Technical Field Manager at Mule-Hide Products Co.

Musel will manage the company’s team of 11 technical field representatives.

Central States Building Works Names Ahmed Abdelaal VP of Engineering and Operations

Central States designs and delivers material-only building packages across the United States for commercial, storage, agricultural, industrial, and other applications.

Bedford Reinforced Plastics Announces OSCO Safety as Exclusive Source for ReadySeries Modular Solutions 

OSCO Safety manufactures utility marking, structural shapes and grating, pre-engineered structural products and ladder systems. 

DYCO Launches Refreshed Brand and Website

New brand and website help customers more easily select the right high-performance DYCO coatings.

HD to Acquire SRS Distribution

SRS has 760 branches across 47 states. 

February 2024 U.S. Construction Spending Trends 10.7% Above Same Month Last Year

Residential construction inches up 0.7% for month.  

Survey: U.S. Workers Are Anxious About AI Use in Finance and Operations

Concerns over job losses, fraud and other impacts outweigh enthusiasm. 

Tom Sellars Recognized as a Top Impact CEO

Award recognizes leaders who are driving positive social and environmental change through their companies.

ABC: Construction Job Openings Increased by 16,000 in February

The construction industry had 441,000 job openings on the last day of February.

Frances Ellison Re-Joins Point of Rental as U.S. Software Support Director

Additional moves to increase support expertise.

Jeff Underwood Named President of RectorSeal

Underwood succeeds Don Sullivan, who will become Chief Strategy Officer.

José Cuadrado Named Global CEO of Yanmar Compact Equipment

Cuadrado will lead the continuing transformation of Yanmar Compact Equipment into a global market leader.

Viega LLC Announces Andreas Reger as New CEO

Reger will replace Markus Brettschneider, who is now Global CEO.

Mayhew Tools to Sponsor NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour Pole Award for the 2024 Season

This marks the sixth year the hand-tool manufacturer will be supporting the NASCAR award that acknowledges the driver and crew with the fastest time in the qualifying rounds.

Deadline Nears for Festool Ultimate Sanding Sweepstakes

Festool will award five lucky winners with premier sanding and cleanup solutions worth nearly $5,000.

Inaugural Werk-Brau Women In Construction Summit A Huge Success

Two-day event included a keynote address by Barbara J. Jackson, networking opportunities, panel discussions, plant tours and breakout sessions.

ANGI Energy Systems Breaks Ground on Midwest's First Hydrogen Refueling Test Facility

New facility will be located in Janesville, Wisconsin. 

Tsurumi Pump Welcomes John Hartz as New Sales Engineer

Hartz brings Tsurumi over 35 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry.

First Companies Announces New Wisconsin DC

308,000-square-foot distribution center will go up in West Salem, Wisconsin.

BRK Introduces Precision Detection Alarms to Meet Changing Smoke Alarm Standards

New standards will go into effect June 30, 2024. 

Group Sees Encouraging Signs for Global Off-Highway Market

Internal combustion engine sales (including hybrids) are forecast to continue growing out to 2035.

ELFA Survey Shows February New Business Volume Up 4% Year-Over-Year

Volume is trending up 4.9% year-to-date.

US New Home Sales Slip 0.3% in February

Average selling price runs $485,000.

Gregg Futey Joins Wright as Assistant Vice President

Futey joins Wright from Howmet Aerospace.

White Cap Names Chief Supply Chain Officer

Tracy Rosser joins White Cap from Transplace/Uber Freight.

Simpson Strong-Tie Promotes Annie Kao to VP of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement

Kao became the company’s second female Vice President of Engineering in 2019.

Spring Into Action With MAX USA Corp.'s Exciting Tool Promo

Popular fastening tools are on sale through April 30, 2024.

ORBIS to Build New Plant in Texas

Greenville facility will produce plastic reusable totes and pallets.

Simpson Strong-Tie To Showcase Brace Connection, Resilient Building Systems at 2024 NASCC Steel Conference

NASCC: The Steel Conference is set for March 20–22 in San Antonio, Texas.

Cooper Equipment Rentals Acquires Action Equipment Rentals

Leading Canadian-owned and -operated construction equipment rental company now has over 75 branches.

Kyocera Smart Mobile Computing and Scanning Solution Combines Rugged 5G Smartphones, AsReader Scanners and Seiko Printers 

Modular solution brings together three best-in-class companies for customizable options to support warehouse/logistics, construction, healthcare, first responders, retail and more. 

Exclusive: Earth Anchors Keep Structures Grounded

Anchors ensure the safety and stability of portable temporary structures.

Outstanding Response to STAFDA’s Inaugural Excellence in Distribution Program

The 2.5-day program featured sessions with 15 industry experts on Inventory Management, HR, Sales, Profitability, Supply Chain Management, AI and more.

U.S. Single-family Home Starts Rise 11.6% in February

Privately-owned housing starts climb 10.7% for month. 

Bobcat Named a Fast Company 2024 Most Innovative Company

Brand is recognized as stand-out industry leader in manufacturing, equipment design and automation. 

NIBCO Promotes Joe Choflet to VP, Sales and Marketing

Choflet joined NIBCO in 2017 as director, wholesale sales west.

Live Oak Construction Supply Expands with Third Georgia Location

New branch to open in Savannah.

Evolution and Revolution: Dynamic, Live Experiences Highlight the 2024 International Mass Timber Conference

Event is set for March 26-28 in Portland Oregon.

The Home Depot Partners with NCAA

Partnership combines fandom of March Madness with the satisfaction of DIY.

Landscapers, Contractors & Dealers Prepare for Bright Futures with Equip Expo Education

Event is set for October 15-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).

INDEVCO North America Launches User Friendly New Website 

New website showcases building products and packaging solutions.

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Down in February, Contractors Remain Confident

Backlog Indicator declines to 8.1 months in February.

Johnstone Supply Selects Quadient as Preferred Smart Locker Partner to Offer Customers Fast, Convenient Order Pickup

Automated parcel lockers allow customers to quickly retrieve products at their convenience.

Techniweld USA Acquires Welding Material Sales

Shared vision, creative synergies, larger footprint, and significant resources will redefine what it means to be a welding alloy manufacturer.

Hy-Brid Lifts Welcomes Eric Liner as New President and CEO

Liner succeeds Jay Sugar, who is retiring.

Suncor Stainless Names Michelle Newton Northeast Region Account Manager

Newton joins Suncor from Stanley Black & Decker.

#1 in Press Tools: RIDGID Celebrates 25 Years as Industry Leader in North America 

The most recognizable and trusted brand for press tools, RIDGID offers a full line of press solutions. 

Festool Experience Returns for 2024

Events are set for over 150 Festool-licensed dealers across the country.

Protective Industrial Products Acquires Scope Optics Pty Ltd. of Australia

Scope Optics offers high-quality, innovative and affordably styled protective eyewear.

Meet the Women Behind the First “Real-Life LEGO” Building

Celebrating Women in Construction Week, March 3-9.

J. J. Keller Names Tony Wheel Executive VP of Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Wheel succeeds Tim Little, who will retire on July 1, 2024.

Diversified Fall Protection Names Industry Veteran Travis Nelson as New CEO

Nelson has been with Diversified Fall Protection since 2019.

SENCO Unveils New Fastener Packaging for End-User Convenience

Expanded retail pack program features sleek, updated packaging design and colored gauge icons for easy reference. 

Brian Hopkins Joins Distribution Strategy Group as Chief Customer Officer

Leading expert content and analytics firm hires highly regarded distribution veteran.

Simpson Strong-Tie Bolsters National Accounts Team with Three New Positions

Tina Haro, Will Becker and Jack Grant all take on new roles. 

U.S. New Home Sales Rise 1.5% in January

Average selling price is $534,300.

TRUFAST to Showcase New Products at IIBEC Show

Featured products include Thermal-Grip Insulation Pins and Grip-Deck TubeSeal.

KNIPEX Tools Earns 2024 Great Place To Work Certification

Award is based entirely on what current employees say about their experience.

New Trustee Joins APA Board

Chris Seymour is senior VP of manufacturing operations at Boise Cascade.

ABC Survey: Biden’s Proposed Apprenticeship Rule Will Discourage Construction Apprenticeship Program Participation

Survey respondents say 180,000-word proposed rule will discourage apprentices, contractors and ABC chapter apprenticeship program providers from participating.

Parspec Brings the Power of AI to Construction Product Procurement

New AI-powered platform aims to streamline product search and procurement for lighting and electrical sales agencies and distributors.

Texas A&M Offerings to STAFDA Members

Offerings include scholarships and e-learning opportunities.

Single Family Home Permits Rise 1.6% in January

But starts drop 4.7% for month.

Viega Announces New Manufacturing Facility in Ohio

180,000 sq. ft. plant in Mantua, Ohio, is expected to be operational in early 2025.

New Superior Aluminum Products Website Simplifies Search for Railing, Column and Fence Products

Detailed Technical Information section includes material on how to measure product, CAD drawings of all components, product specs and literature, and more.

Topcon Solutions Store Now Offers Layout Solution of LN-150 Combined with HP SitePrint

HP SitePrint is an easy-to-use autonomous robotic unit that prints digital site layout plans directly onto the floor of a building project.

CAMO Structural Screws Earn 2023 Golden Hammer Award from HBSDealer Magazine

CAMO Structural Screws offers a full line of high-performing, code-compliant structural screws for all deck and framing needs.

AED Announces John Shearer As 2024 Chairman

Shearer is CEO of 4 Rivers Equipment LLC in Greeley, Colorado.

RectorSeal Acquires Dust Free Brand

Leading indoor air quality manufacturer joins Rectorseal family. 

Prioritizing Safety Over Norms, Boldt Takes the Lead in Helmet Adoption

Boldt helps inspire industry-wide shift from hard hats to helmets.

Housing Blocks Open for Equip Exposition 2024 in Louisville

Trade show is set for October 15-18, 2024 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Forbes Names Buildxact 2024 Best Overall Construction Estimating Software

Prices, features and customer reviews contribute to top ranking for third consecutive year.

Record360, Point of Rental Teams Partner Up

Acquisition to expand rental inspection software’s reach worldwide.

Exclusive: Tariffs and the Supply Chain

The supply chain is no longer a chain, but a complex web.

RENCO USA's LEGO-Like Buildings Win Global Innovation Award

RENCO USA launches new era of sustainable building.

ABC Unveils AI Resource Guide for Contractors

Guide describes uses of AI during the construction project lifecycle, including preconstruction, construction and building maintenance.

NWFA Completes 75th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) provides flooring for its 75th home in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Exclusive: How Distributors Can Budget for an Incentive Program

A well-structured incentive program can consistently contribute to company goals.

Grainger to open new distribution center near Houston

1.2 million-square-foot DC is set to open in 2026.

Power Tool Institute Launches Miter Saw Safety Video

Easy-to-share safe miter saw operations with customers.

FLIR Debuts New Calibration, Service and Warranty Packages

New service and warranty packages cover select handheld and fixed-mount thermal cameras: FLIR CARE and FLIR PROTECT.

U.S. Construction Spending Inches Up Nearly 1% in December  

Residential construction climbs 1.4% for month.

Suncor Stainless Hires Sam Pegram as Regional Account Sales Rep

Suncore also promotes Janelle Veiga to East Region Sales Manager.

FleetWatcher Introduces Small Tools and Attachment Tracking Functionality

App is ideal for concrete saws, trench boxes, jackhammers, chain saws, attachments, buckets, hammers, zippers and other non-powered assets.

New Year New Deals from MAX USA Corp.

Winter promotion features MAX's cutting-edge SuperFinisher® product line at discounted rates.

World of Concrete Hosts Nearly 60,000 Construction Professionals for Semi-Centennial Anniversary 

Over 1,400 companies fill 700,000 square feet of exhibit space and grounds. 

ABC: 2024 Construction Workforce Shortage Tops Half a Million

The construction industry will need to attract an estimated 501,000 additional workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2024 to meet the demand for labor.

NIBCO Promotes Lisa Lyon to Webstone General Manager

Lyon has been named as a co-inventor on multiple Webstone patents and founded the brand’s Customer Council in 2018.

MSA Safety Named One of America's Best-Managed Companies of 2023 by The Wall Street Journal

MSA Safety is named one of America's 250 best-managed companies.

ALLPRO Corporation adds PaintLine to its B2B Buying Co-op

PaintLine products are now more accessible to over 2,000 independent stores.

EISENWARENMESSE Ramps Up for International Hardware Fair in Cologne

The International Hardware Fair Cologne 2024 with showcase trends and innovations in the hardware industry.

DEWALT Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation

Year-long celebration will include continuing support for educational organizations, new products and partnerships.

KNIPEX Tools Named Official Partner of SkillsUSA

Joins over 850 companies supporting the skilled trades and career readiness.

ABC: Less Than 10% of the Construction Workforce Belongs to a Union in 29 States

Nationally, an all-time high 89.3% of construction workers are not part of a union.

Dodge: Construction Starts Grow 20% in December

Year-end surge prevails against high rates and limited credit accessibility.

Simpson Strong-Tie Scholarship Applications Now Open

Program helps winning students pay for educations in civil/structural engineering, architecture and construction management/technology.

Threadline Products Opens New Charlotte Headquarters

New 27,635 square-foot facility boosts manufacturing capacity and facilitiates Atlantic Bolt integration.

RIDGID Gives First Look at Latest Underground Technology Solutions at WWETT

Attendees are invited to stop by the RIDGID booth, Jan. 25-27, to try out the latest FlexShaft®, drain cleaning, diagnostic, pipe rehab and pressing products. 

DEWALT Unveils Groundbreaking Equipment System: POWERSHIFT

POWERSHIFT is an electrified line of heavy-duty tools to optimize concrete jobsites.

STAFDA Publishes Excellence in Distribution Program Agenda

Program is set for March 12-14 at the Nashville Hilton.

Kano Laboratories Acquires Synco Chemical Corporation

Food-grade products complement Kano’s leading Kroil brand.

Exclusive: Non-standard Lifts are Hazardous Too Often

More work is needed to ensure that non-standard lifts are carried out safely, according to a leading expert.

Mecalac Adds Three Dealers to Expanding North American Network

New dealers serve Tennessee, Long Island and New York City,  Kansas and Missouri.

Mayhew Tools Appoints Brian Reznick Sr. Director of Sales

Reznick joins Mayhew from Applied Industrial Technologies.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Announces Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2024

Soft landing is predicted for economy; downward pressure on interest rates will ease borrowing costs.

Viega Receives ASME B31 Board Approval for ProPress and MegaPress

ProPress ball valves are also now rated at 300 psi for potable and hydronic water applications.

LED2WORK Opens US Office in Chicago

German industrial LED lighting manufacturer opens warehouse and distribution center.

Building Tomorrow Today: MAX USA at World of Concrete 2024

MAX USA will have two booths at the show, one indoors and one outdoors.

Air Systems Names Dan Huber Regional Manager – West

Lisa Hobbs is named Purchasing Manager; Laura Myers becomes Purchasing Assistant / Expeditor.

Doran Manufacturing Partners with Financial Partners Group to Offer Tire Monitoring Financing for Fleets

Doran provides tire monitoring systems for over-the-road vehicles, agricultural equipment, off-road & earth-moving equipment, school buses, first responders and more.

Brigade Electronics to Discuss the Importance of High-quality Safety Solutions at World of Concrete

Presentation is set for 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 25.

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches Higher in December, Contractor Confidence Improves

Backlog increases to 8.6 months in December.

NetPlus Alliance Announces New Hire, Organizational Changes

Growth drives staff promotions; Scott Hanson joins NetPlus as Business Development Director. 

Newsweek Ranks Acme Tools Top Online Tool Store for 2024

America's Best Online Shops 2024 rankings based on multiple criteria and online survey.

Simpson Strong-Tie Issues 2024-2025 Wood Construction Connectors Catalog

372-page catalog includes specification details and installation instructions for wood-to-wood, wood-to-masonry and wood-to-concrete structural connectors and more.

Wright Offers Counter Displays for Newest Adjustable Wrenches

Wright Tool is offering the displays with or without product. 

AD Electrical U.S. Division Welcomes Two New Board Members

Luis Valls is Co-CEO and President of Turtle; Lura McBride is President & CEO of Van Meter Inc.

Air Systems International Releases 2024 Master Catalog

New catalog is available in print and digital forms.

Bessemer Investors’ Legacy Restoration Partners with Southern Roofing and Renovations

Exterior restoration and remodeling services join forces.

Gemtex Abrasives Seeks Rep Agencies for Selected Territories

Gemtex Abrasives Seeks Reps for New England, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. 

PrimeSource Brands CEO Tom Koos Named City of Hope Spirit of Life Honoree

The honor recognizes dedication to philanthropy and humanitarian accomplishments.

Makinex Celebrates 20 Years with Win a Trip to Australia Competition at WOC

Makinex will launch the competition at the popular World of Concrete (WOC) 2024 conference to be held in Las Vegas, USA, from 22 to 25 January.

Bosch Rexroth and Modine Partner on Thermal Management for Electrified Off-Highway Machinery

Collaboration and innovation drive the transition to electric industrial vehicles as two transportation industry leaders advance the state of the art together.

NIBCO Announces Promotions of Stanley and Smith to Vice Presidents 

Allen Stanley has been promoted to vice president, fittings manufacturing and distribution, and Rudy Smith to vice president, valve manufacturing. 

NetPlus Alliance Launches Digital Content Hub, Giving Distributors Seamless Access to Product Data

Distributors can now access best-in-class product content from thousands of manufacturers.

ODL Inc. Promotes Dave Klein to President and CEO

ODL manufactures fiberglass and steel entry doors, decorative and clear doorglass; enclosed blinds; doorglass frames and related products.

Construction Job Openings in November Rise to Highest Level Since 2022

Industry job openings increased by 43,000 last month and are up by 111,000 from the same time last year.

Werner Celebrates Award-Winning Year in 2023 for Company and Product Innovation

Industry-leading products help people work safely and productively.

Streamlight Names Evan Dalldorf Regional Sales Manager

Dalldorf will lead company's Industrial/Fire division in the Midwest region.

Report: NetPlus Alliance Distributor Members Remain Optimistic for 2024

Nearly 83% of respndents plan to sell more to existing customers; 56% plan to invest in operational improvements to increase productivity.

MBT Partners with PMG Safety

PMG rep agency will expand MeltBlown Technologies' presence in the Midwest, Southwest and Mountain states.

ABC: Nonresidential Construction Spending Dips 0.1% in November

Private nonresidential spending increased 0.2%, while public nonresidential construction spending fell 0.6% in November.

Bobcat Showcases New Worksite Solutions at World of Concrete 2024

New products include the E40 compact excavator and the L95, Bobcat's most powerful compact wheel loader. 

Expert Advice: Two Objectives Distributors Should Focus on for 2024

Mike Marks shares two objectives that distributors need to pursue for greater success this year. 

Construction Spending Ticks up 0.4% in November

Through November, year-over-year construction spending trends 6.2% over 2022.

Exclusive: How Saving for Retirement Will Be Different in 2024

The SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 is effective now.

IMARK Group appoints William Ward as Executive Vice President

Ward joins IMARK from the Evergreen Supply Network.

i.safe MOBILE and Nokia Announce Partnership

5G ATEX-smartphone IS540.x of i.safe MOBILE is part of Nokia’s new offer: Industrial 5G devices as ‘a service’, bundled with Nokia applications.

OSHA to Switch from Traditional Hard Hats to Safety Helmets to Protect Agency Employees from Head Injuries Better

Modern safety helmets have better design, materials and features that help protect workers' entire heads better.

Weiler Abrasives Appoints New CFO

Mary Beth Martino joins Weiler from Henkels and McCoy.

AD and The Edge Group to Merge

The Edge Group, a distributor-owned buying and marketing group, is based in Houston.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Survey of Economic Activity: Monthly Leasing and Finance Index

November new business volume flat year-over-year, down 19% month-to-month, and up 4.1% year-to-date.

NIBCO Promotes Chris Mason to Senior Vice President, Supply Chain

Mason has been with NIBCO since 1994.

Single-family Home Sales Slide 12.2% in November

Average sales price runs $488,900. 

SurfacePrep Acquires Precision Surfacing Solutions

DTA is a technical abrasive source for bonded, coated and superabrasive products.

Fecon Acquires Stumper Industries

Stumper attachments provide a cost-effective debris removal solution for tree service businesses, landscape companies and farm operations.

Advanced Drainage Systems Survey: Over Half of Americans Worried About How Their Stormwater is Managed

Devastating weather events drive concerns about infrastructure, sustainability and climate change.

US Single-family Housing Starts Climb 18% in November

Permits and completions slide for month.

APA Names Matthew Brown Director of Energy Policy and Code

Brown has been with APA since 2014. 

Job Sites: ESAB and NYC Constructors Celebrate NYC Building with 170,000 Pounds of Field Welds

The new 60-story JPMorgan Chase headquarters uses 94,000 tons of structural steel.

FleetWatcher to Feature Connected Site Technology at WOC

Seamless integration allows users to manage all apps from one platform.

OSHA Updates Safety Helmet Recommendations

New Safety and Health Information Bulletin looks at changing hard hat and helmet tachnologies and advantages. 

Equipment Finance Industry Confidence Steady in December

66.7% of managers surveyed believe business conditions will remain the same over the next four months.

Exclusive: Year-End Payroll: Your Guide for Starting 2024 Off Right

Wrap up your calendar year with a bow.

ABC: Biden’s Proposal Overhauling Government-Registered Apprenticeship Programs Will Exacerbate Construction Industry Labor Shortage

ABC says proposed rules will rob existing programs of agility and fails to address existing problems. 

Zircon Corporation Appoints Bob Shortt as President of Global Sales and Marketing

Shortt joins Zircon from Pelican Products.

NetPlus Alliance Q4 Industry Outlook Report: Distributor Members Remain Optimistic for 2024

Nearly 46% of members report gains of 8% or more through Q3. 

Western Global Promotes Three to Support Growing Sales Network

Dean Nasato, Jeremy Shepherd and Josh Pogozelski step up into head-of-sales positions.

Point of Rental Introduces Self-Service E-commerce Consumer Portal

Solution is fully Integrated with elite; to expand to other products soon.

Nu-Star/PowerPusher is Acquired by Traction Capital

Deal will support product expansions and service growth. 

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Inches up in November

Contractors remain confident although 2024 is poised to be weaker from a construction demand perspective for many firms.

Bobcat and its Employees Donate More Than $175,000 During Annual Fall Giving Campaign

Funds will support more than 100 nonprofit organizations.

AD Spirit of Independence Awards Celebrate AD’s Electrical Divisions

Members of the Year and Suppliers of the Year winners were announced.

Books: The History of the Nailing & Stapling Business

The definitive history of the industry is now in print. 

Cement Producers Strive to Mitigate Carbon Footprint

Digitalization investment is predicted to hit $3.54 billion in 2033.

Exclusive: Building a New Generation: Pearson’s Initiative for Trade Talent Transformation

An interview with Casey Welch, VP of Careers at Pearson.

Heavier Lifting: World Forklift Market to be 50% Bigger by 2032

Interact Analysis sees forklift shipments grow 4-5% per year to 2032.

NEFCO Acquires FASCO Supply

Deal expands NEFCO's reach in Texas. 

CRAFTSMAN: Nearly Two-Thirds of Homeowners See Home Improvement Projects as an Alternative to Buying a New Home

CRAFTSMAN donating up to $100,000 worth of products to four maker spaces throughout the US.

Lift-All Company Announces 2024 Leadership Changes 

Melissa D. Light is named President; Steven Pacilio to become Chairman of the Board. 

ToolWatch Acquires busybusy

Move combines the ToolWatch construction management platform with busybusy’s time tracking solution.

ABC: Construction Job Openings Decrease by 4,000 in October, up 25,000 From October 2022

Open, unfilled jobs still exceeds the pre-pandemic level by more than 1.7 million.

US New Home Sales Slide 5.6% in October

Average sales price runs $487,000.

Ergodyne's Tom Votel Announces Retirement

Votel caps off a 40-year in the safety industry. 

Ziegler Energy Solutions and Heliene, Inc. Partner to Provide U.S.-manufactured Solar Modules to Midwest Industries

Partnership leverages respective strengths of companies to support customers seeking to integrate solar power.

Tony Vieira Joins Mule-Hide Products as Product Segment Manager

Low-slope roofing veteran to manage single-ply, poly ISO and cover board categories.

Motion Industries Names New Group Vice President for Motion Automation Intelligence

Mike Esposito steps up from Director of MAI’s Engineering Assembly Solutions.

New Service Provides Company-Specific Compliance Updates from Regulatory Experts

J. J. Keller’s Live Regulatory Update Service helps keep companies up to date with relevant safety and compliance changes and best practices.

STAFDA Announces 2024 Officers

Andrew Hartman becomes 2024 president; Phil Cerminaro becomes vice president.

ORBIS Gives Back to Local Communities

From Make-a-Wish and Blessings in a Backpack to veterans' organizations, ORBIS  participates in and donates to charities.

Detectable Warning Systems Adds Production and Warehousing Capacity

Company expands production facility in Dublin, Virginia and 72,000 square feet to Pulaski Virginia warehouse.

Fecon Acquires TREEfrogg LLC

TREEfrogg manufactures patented tree trimming saws.

Finding the Exit: Planning Your Exit for Owners in the Construction & Manufacturing Industry

This difficult prospect is even more daunting today, but it can be managed successfully. 

Viega promotes Marki Huston to COO

Huston joined Viega in 2022 with over 20 years of global manufacturing experience in the aircraft industry.

NIBCO promotes Martin to president & CEO, announces other appointments

Steve Malm is named chairman and CEO; Ashley Martin becomes president and COO; Rex Martin becomes chairman emeritus.

Registration opens for STAFDA’s Excellence in Distribution program

Industry educational event is set for March 12-14, 2024, at the Nashville Hilton.

Equipment Finance Industry Confidence Steady in November

Survey shows that 74.1% of respondents believe business conditions will remain the same over the next four months.

New Report Finds Office Attendance in Europe’s Capitals Almost Back to Pre-pandemic Levels, While U.S. Offices Keep Losing Tenants

Several cultural factors contribute to the difference.

U.S. Housing Permits Edge Up in October

But starts and completions show mixed signals. 

iQ Power Tools Appoints Scott Craft General Manager

Craft brings iQ more than 30 years of general contractor experience.

Forney Industries Promotes Two Executives to C-Suite Positions

Dane Anderson and Kenny Gensel step up in company.

The Home Depot to Acquire International Designs Group (IDG)

Acquisition expected to accelerate capabilities to better serve pro customers.

STAFDA Wraps Up Successful 47th Annual Convention & Trade Show

Event draws nearly 2,700 professional attendees. 

ICP Names New Senior VP of Sales

Jason Fretz brings more than 20 years of industry experience to ICP.

WORX Launches Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Specially priced products include Switchdriver 2.0 and Landroid robotic lawn mower. 

NCP Industries Launches the First Carbon-Absorbing Commercial Concrete Line, Powered by CaptureCrete

NCP partnership with Carbon Limit, creator of CaptureCrete technology, brings carbon-capturing concrete to the building materials industry.

ABC Slams OSHA’s Worker Walkaround Rule for Failing to Promote Workplace Health and Safety

Group says propsed ruling fails to address flaws of original Obama-era rules. 

Festool’s New Limited Edition Outdoor Systainer Now Shipping

Outdoor Systainer and three limited edition cordless combo kits offer innovation, performance and quality.

Werk-Brau to Host Women In Construction Event March 5-6

Two-day program will feature a keynote by nationally renowned speaker Barbara J. Jackson.

Walter to Deliver Robotic Solutions for Metalworking Businesses

Robotic solutions allows users to enhance productivity and efficiency as well as increase quality and consistency while reducing re-work, costs, changeovers and downtime.

RENCO USA to Build LEGO-Like Buildings in Florida

Innovative building system stacks like real-life LEGO blocks launches first development in Palm Beach County.

Protective Industrial Products Acquires Final Fit Safety

Final Fit Safety manufactures sustainable ear plugs.

Arrow Fastener Names Grabber Exclusive Distributor for RevealCut Ceiling Tile Workstation and Utility Blades

System is now shipping throughout the US and Canada.

Lawless Group Hires New COO

Sonya Bynum joins Lawless Group from JPW Industries. 

MAX USA Corp. Donates TwinTiers to Aid in the Restoration of I-95 in Plainview, NY 

Company donates rebar tiers and wire to help repair crucial Interstate highway.

Post-Accident Workforce Drug Positivity for Marijuana Reached 25-Year High in 2022

Increase seen in the general U.S. workforce started same year first states legalized recreational marijuana.

New Water Projects Receive $28.97M Federal Cash Boost to Improve Water Reliability in the West

Funding to support projects to increase water supply reliability amid climate change.

NIBCO Announces Promotion of Dawn Bloch to Chief People Officer

Bloch has been with NIBCO since 2000.

Weil-McLain Launches The Road to Success Contractor Promotion for New Advantage Loyalty Program Members

Contractors to ‘Get in the Race’ for a chance to win a high-efficiency boiler, Chevy Impala collectible.

Mi-T-M Promotes Jake Noonan to Assistant Equipment Division Manager

Noonan joined Mi-T-M in 2017.

Bobcat to Open Plant in Mexico

$300 million facility in Monterrey, Mexico will boost production capacity.

Snap-on Showcases Red, White and Blue Products this Veterans Day

Auto Darkening Welding Helmet and Ratcheting Standard Screwdriver are among patriotically themed products. 

Hy-Brid Lifts Announces Director of Sales for SE United States

David Price brings 12 years of industry experience to his new role.

NetPlus Alliance Hosts Successful 10th Annual Meeting in Denver

Year-to-date, distributor members report sales are up 18%.

Dodge: Construction Starts Drop 6% as Fewer Megaprojects Move Forward

All three major sectors declined in September with residential leading the tumble.

Marine Toys for Tots Program Announces Kickoff of 2023 Holiday Campaign

Program is celebrating its 76th year of delivering hope to children in need across the nation.

ORBIS Announces Expansion of Urbana, Ohio Plant

Expansion adds 30% more space and promotes sustainability in reusable packaging manufacturing.

September Construction Spending Ticks Up 0.4% 

Total, private and public construction all grow by 0.4% for month. 

AD Owner Members Achieve Record Sales Through Nine Months

For first nine months of 2023, members reached a new record of $57.6 billion, an increase of 3% across 14 divisions and three countries.

KNIPEX Tools Features North American Tradesmen in new “Master of Craft” Campaign 

Campaign will bring to life a master of their craft in each industry segment the pliers manufacturer has an offering in, from automotive, electrical, plumbing and HVAC to aviation and many more.

MAX USA Corp. Unleashes Unbeatable Winter Bargains

Selected SuperFramer and SuperRoofer products are offered at discounted rates through December 31, 2023.

NCCER Announces New Approach to Construction Superintendent Development and Certification

Online program was built with support from 75 industry-leading construction companies.

Coxreels Celebrates 100 Years

Coxreels products are now used in over 24 different industries.

Sellars Operations Manager Named Rising Star in Manufacturing

John Reineking wins recognition from BizTimes magazine.

Streamlight Marks 13 Years of Support for Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Company has donated $867,000 since 2010.

Streamlight Marks 13 Years Supporting Cancer Research Foundation

Company has donated $867,000 to breast cancer research since 2010.

Twiceme and Guardian Strengthen Partnership with Launch of In-App Inspection Feature for Safety Harnesses

Guardian B7-Comfort harness inspection app offers a simple alternative to traditional paper-based inspections or more complex systems.

US New Home Sales Climb 12.3% in September

Average sales price runs $503,900.

TYPAR Announces Partnership with Rafferty Wholesale

Partnership will expand brand's distribution in New England states. 

Festool Announces Limited Edition Outdoor Systainer

The Outdoor Systainer includes two insulated stainless steel Festool mugs and a camouflage-style Festool hat.

Weil-McLain Unveils New Advantage Contractor Loyalty Program

Designed to elevate and optimize HVAC owner businesses.

NEFCO Completes Acquisition of Edge Construction Supply

Headquartered in Spokane, WA, Edge has locations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana.

Festool Announces Limited Edition Cordless Combo Kits

Three limited edition cordless combo kits include drill drivers plus circ saws or jigsaws.

Take Safety to New Heights

American Ladder Institute offers new Top Cap sponsorship for 2024 campaign.

OneMob and Evolve Make the Power of Video in Sales Stronger

New partnership aims to help manufacturers, distributors and sales reps leverage the selling power of video and content.

Mips and MSA Safety Partner to Bolster Their Commitment to Workplace Safety

Companies will focus on developing helmet-based safety measures for workers.

Sebastian Hein Appointed New Director of EISENWARENMESSE – International Hardware Fair and Asia-Pacific Sourcing

Hein succeeds Matthias Becker, who has served in the role since 2013.

Jon-Don Welcomes New CEO

Eric Royse joins Don-Jon from Continental Battery Systems.

Southwire Completes Purchase of Genesis Wire & Cable Business

Genesis is a leading U.S. low-voltage cable manufacturer.

Point of Rental Opens Global Search for a Guide

Selected giude will give opinions, get free software for a year.

National Fire Prevention Month Highlights Seasonal Precautions for Electrical Safety

More than half of the 45,000 annual electrical fires occur between December and February.

Starrett Appoints New U.S. Territory Managers

Coby Villegas will cover Southern Texas and Southern Louisiana and Christopher U’Glay will cover New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania.

Weiler Abrasives Appoints New Vice President of Global HR

Lynn Rich will support Weiler's plans for global growth and transformation.

McCann Industries Adds BOMAG Line

BOMAG is a leadiing manufacturer of asphalt rollers, pavers and feeders, asphalt milling, and recyclers, single-drum soil rollers, embankment soil compactors and soil stabilizers.

IAPMO Welcomes ARCSA International

The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association has joined IAPMO Group.

HP Survey: Construction Workers Believe Tech Innovation Holds the Key to Improving Productivity Levels

New research shows 59% feel the sector is no more productive than when they began their careers.

Honda Introduces Prototype Electric Autonomous Work Mower

Machine is Honda’s first battery-powered electric zero-turn riding mower.

DPA Buying Group Announces Partnership with Federated Auto Parts Distributors

Federated has over 4,000 auto parts stores across the United States. 

Exclusive: Eight Questions Contractor Suppliers Should Ask to Choose the Right VoIP Provider

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone systems offer advanced features and save money.

International Drilling Equipment Stocks Up on NPC Hydraulic Pile Croppers

IDE is based in Rural Hall, North Carolina.

Dodge: Total Construction lncreases in August Due to lnflux of Nonresidential Projects

Nonresidential starts rose 40% thanks to a pickup in manufacturing and transportation buildings.

Simpson Strong-Tie Wins 2023 Pro Tool Innovation Award for Timber Drive

Company is also named finalist for Augmented Reality in Deck Planner app.

Pearson's Connections Academy and Home Depot's Path to Pro Program Partner to Connect High School Students to Trade Careers

Partnership to offer training and education in six trades in the construction field, as well as connection to thousands of jobs and millions of professional contractors who are looking to hire.

SENCO Launches Cordless Framing Promotion

From now until the end of the year, SENCO is offering 10% off plus a free battery with purchase of F-35XP and F-35FRHXP cordless framing nailers.

OMG, Inc. Expands HR Department

OMG Roofing and FastenMaster parent company promotes Maggie MacElhiney and Geri McCarthy. 

WF Cabinetry Group Acquires Woodharbor Molding & Millworks, Inc.

Woodharbor is based in Mason City, Iowa.

Doosan Bobcat Expands Global Brand Strategy; RYAN Turf Renovation Equipment Transitions to Bobcat Brand

RYAN turf renovation products include aerators, sod cutters, dethatchers, power rakes, overseeders and other specialty products.

Benchmark Tool & Supply Partners with Unicontrol to Deliver Cutting-Edge 3D Machine Control Tailored for U.S. Operators

Based in Raleigh, NC, Benchmark Tool & Supply will drive Unicontrol's U.S. expansion.

FleetWatcher Adds Unauthorized/Untrained Users Functionality

New tool alerts personnel when an on-road or off-road asset is being operated/driven by an unauthorized person.

Mule-Hide Products Co. Promotes Mark Malin to National Product Manager

Malin joined Mule-Hide in 2021 after 17 years with ABC Supply Co. Inc.

U.S. Construction Spending Ticks Up 0.5% in August

August figure trends 7.4 percent above August 2022.

Evergreen Supply Network Announces Search for next Chief Executive Officer

New leadership journey begins for flourishing member-owned cooperative. 

White Cap Announces CEO Retirement and Succession Plan

John Stegeman to retire as CEO effective January 28, 2024; Alan Sollenberger to succeed as CEO. 

Spyder Products Wins Two 2023 Pro Tool Innovation Awards

Spyder's Diamond Bite Cutting Wheels and Mach-Blue Goo Metal Cutting Lubricant take honors. 

Viega Announces New Manufacturing Facility in Ohio

180,000 square foot plant in Shalersville, Ohio, will break ground in November 2023.

Clinton Francois Promoted to MI-T-M Equipment Division Manager

Francois previously served company in customer service and as Assistant Rental/Equipment Division Manager.

Department of Labor Announces Enforcement, Compliance Initiative to Protect Workers from Silica Exposure in Engineered Stone Fabrication, Installation

OSHA supplements current efforts to address serious workplace danger.

Sebastian Rosito Returns to Koelnmesse Leadership Team

Rosito will be Senior VP, responsible for the International Hardware Fair, Asia-Pacific Sourcing, spoga+gafa, spoga horse and h+h cologne shows. 

Festool Announces TS 60 K Track Saw Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes runs through Sunday, October 8.

Exclusive: What’s Sinking Your Employee’s Wellbeing?

5 "Titanic" lessons for leaders to keep their crew afloat.

U.S. New Home Sales Slide 8.7% in August

Average sales price was $514,000.

MAKITA U.S.A. Welcomes Sean Okada as New President and CEO

Okada comes to the United States from previous leadership positions at Makita Australia, Makita United Kingdom and Makita Gulf in Dubai.

FTC and 17 States Sue Amazon for Monopoly

Suit alleges that Amazon.com is illegally monopolizing two markets.

Mi-T-M Names Dave Thiesse VP of Commercialization 

Thiesse brings Mi-T-M decades of successful sales management experience.

Interstate Screw Corporation Joins Prestigious International Trade Council

Hialeah, Florida-based distributor gains new global resources. 

NWFA Completes 69th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

New home for United States Army Captain (Ret.) Jason Church is in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Southwire to Acquire Resideo Technologies Division

Genesis Wire & Cable is a low-voltage wire and cable manufacturer based in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

The Home Depot Names Most Innovative Products and Suppliers for 2023

Makita, Milwaukee, PrimeSource and Ridgid are among tool category winners. 

FastenMaster Wins Pro Tool Innovation Award

FastenMaster MVP multipurpose wood screws feature SureStart points for fast starts and TORX® ttap® drive systems.

SENIX Tools Grows With Seven New Associates

Company sets the stage for growth in distribution and expanding product lines.

Industrial Supply Company Announces New CEO

Jessica Yurgaitis replaces Chris Bateman, who retired in June.

Doosan Bobcat Employees Volunteer Time and Talents for Community Engagement

Efforts further Bobcat’s commitment to community and sustainability.

U.S. Housing Permits Rise in August as Starts Fall 

Single-family permits rise 2.0% for month while startds and completions fall.

Kito Crosby Announces 2023 ‘Lifting for the Troops’ Campaign

Kito Crosby aims to raise $50,000 for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Snap-on Franchisee Conference Draws 9,000

Event provides the fuel for “Earning the Right” to service professionals' tool and equipment needs.

Jobsites: National Pile Croppers Aids Ukraine Rebuild

Heavy Duty CFA rig is cropping concrete piles on infrastructure projects in the country.

Mips Pioneers Industry Helmet Testing, Reduces Environmental Impact, Lead Time and Costs

Virtual Test Lab predicts how new helmets will perform in real-life impacts.

New Video Review Service Brings J. J. Keller Expertise to Dash Cam Users

Expert review of video reduces risk, saves carriers time.

McElroy Receives Pinnacle of Safety Award

Oklahoma Safety Council recognizes McElroy for excellence in safety and health.

MAX Announces Fall Promotion

Sales program on 100psi tools runs until October 31, 2023. 

AI named #1 Technology Needed to Derive Tangible Business Value from Shift to Servitization

Research reveals that AI (52%), automation (51%) and machine learning (49%), are the foundation for creating business value.

BlueVolt and Moblico Join Forces to Revolutionize Mobile Engagement and Learning in Channel Industries

Collaboration creates a solution designed to empower independent distributors and enhance their business performance.

Hy-Brid Lifts Announces Strategic Partnership with ASKO

ASKO is acquiring a majority stake in the company.

Hispanic Leaders in Construction Event Set for Oct. 4 in Chicago

Event will bring together industry leaders, including women in construction, general contracting, development, engineering and architecture.

Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association Unveils Safety Program Geared Toward Kids

“Generate Safety” includes classroom materials, teacher’s guide.

Acme Tools Names Reid Anderson Director of Operations

Anderson joins Acme Tools from The Retrofit Companies.

DPA Buying Group Reports 12.8% Sales Growth

Sales increase compares to Q1 2022.

ORBIS to Showcase Customized Battery Packaging at the Battery Show

Company's comprehensive range of reusable packaging is tailored to the specific needs of the battery and EV sectors.

Echelon Supply and Service Appoints Mike Braucher as Chief Commercial Officer

Braucher will lead sales, marketing and operations in the United States and Canada and oversee All-Serv Industrial and Berg Nelson businesses.

We Supply America Season 3 Films Premiere with APR Supply

Season three's eight episodes begin on September 6.

Point of Rental’s Elite Adds Item Options Functionality

Item Options allows for enhanced searchability and for counter agents to find the right item to rent, every time.

Dodge: Total Construction Starts Show Double Digit Gains in July

Large utility project, residential starts power growth to begin Q3.

IronCraft Updates Trade Dress

New color program will benefit dealers, deliveries and customers.

STAFDA’s San Antonio Student Competition Goes Global

New partnership will expand the competition to students around the world. 

Matt Hoefer Promoted to Mi-T-M Senior Sales Manager

Hoefer has been with Mi-T-M since 1996.

Malco Appoints Bill Spohn and Nataline Lomedico to its Board of Directors

Final additions complete Malco’s transition to a strategic board.

American Welding Society Mourns the Loss of Dennis K. Eck

Eck was 2023 AWS president.

Exclusives: Precise Instruments and Calculations a Key Factor in Construction Safety

Partnering with an expert in moisture measurement and composition analysis can be essential to ensure the safety and performance of construction projects.

Job sites: Design Completed for California’s Chino Basin Water Program

Facility to produce 15,000 acre-feet per year of purified water for injection into Southern California groundwater storage basin.

NCCER Publishes New Edition of Introductory Solar PV Module

New second edition covers the first module of NCCER’s Solar Photovoltaic Installer curriculum.

NSK Wins Motion's Supplier of the Year Award

NSK is a global leader in bearings, ball screws, linear guides, auto parts and precision/industrial machinery solutions.

Simpson Strong-Tie Renews Partnership with Building Talent Foundation

Foundation promotes careers in the trades. 

Greenkote and Duroc Enter Joint Venture to Bring Advanced Anticorrosion Coating Capabilities to Europe

Affiliation will make Greenkote coating capabilities directly available to the European Union and surrounding region.

U.S. New Home Sales rise 4.4% in July

Average sales price was $513,000.

PaintLine Adds Lancaster to its Retail Distribution Network

Lancaster, the nation’s leading distributor of paint sundries, is now offering a wide array of PaintLine products.

Leaders from Skilled Trades Industries Unite to Combat Labor Crisis in U.S. and Canada

The Skilled Trades Advisory Council joins forces with NEST, which provides Integrated Facilities Management to industry.

Werk-Brau’s Neil Recker Elected to Construction Angels National Board of Directors

Construction Angels provides immediate financial support and grief counseling to the children and spouse when a construction worker suffers a fatality on the jobsite.

ARA Quarterly Economic Forecast Updates CIE Rental Revenues

New considerations increase CIE rental revenue projections through 2024.

The Lawless Group Acquires Hobart Associates & Expands North Central Region With New Leadership 

Tom Northcott is named President of the Lawless Group's North Central Region.

McCann Industries Acquires Channahon Tractor

New location offers all-makes construction equipment repair along with Kobelco and Takeuchi equipment.

Techniweld USA Acquires Metal Man Work Gear

Shared vision, creative synergies and significant resources will redefine what it means to be a welding wholesaler.

Mark Okland Joins Business Development Team at Mule-Hide

Okland brings Mule-Hide more than 25 years of roofing industry experience. 

The Home Depot Reports Q2 Sales Results

Sales of $42.9 billion were down 2% from Q2 2022. 

HBS Systems Announces Integration with Record360

Provider of web-based equipment dealership management solutions partners with digital inspection software firm. 

Wright Announces Membership in the Evergreen Supply Network

Wright joins the Evergreen Supply Network of more than 100 leading suppliers of industrial tools and equipment.

JLG Issues Whitepaper on Scissor and Boom Lift Accessories

JLG offers a variety of optional accessories for scissor lifts and boom lifts to increase operator safety and productivity.

Single-family Housing Starts Climb 6.7% in July 

Multi-family starts inch up 3.9% in for month. 

Evergreen Supply Network Announces CEO Bill Ward’s Resignation

Wade McCone, Director of Training and Education, becomes interim General Manager.

DuPont Works with Military Makeover to Renovate Home of U.S. Veteran

DuPont donates Great Stuff  foam sealant for veteran’s home in Lynn, Massachusetts; TV series to premiere on Lifetime in August.

RIDGID Marks 100 Year Anniversary with Celebration at Elyria Headquarters

Employees, retirees and their families enjoyed an open house event. 

Kenzen Achieves GDPR Certification for Revolutionary Heat Safety Product

Continuous safety monitoring solutions predict and prevent heat injury, illness and death from heat on worksites.

Simpson Strong-Tie's Tina Haro Wins 2023 Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply Rising Stars Award

Award honors women in the industry who are making outstanding contributions to their companies and their communities.

NCCER Publishes Revised Electrical Curriculum

New 11th edition covers 2023 electrical codes and regulations.

American Welding Society Offers Complimentary Student Membership

Now, welding students can obtain a complimentary membership for four years.

Weil-McLain Presents School of Better Heating

Personalized training programs enhance boiler technology and hydronic skills and knowledge.

Version 6.2 of Building Efficiency System Tool (BEST) Now Available for Download

Interactive commercial building HVAC system efficiency comparison app helps builders choose the most efficient systems for their projects. 

Acme Tools Commemorates 75 Years in Business

North Dakota-based family-owned and -operated company was founded in 1948.

CNH Rewman Signs Agreement with IHLE Fabrications for Wear Parts

CNH Reman will now offer IHLE combine wear parts to Case IH and New Holland dealers.

Fecon Hires Ray Dalton as Vice President of Aftermarket Sales

Dalton will manage the Fecon Connect online parts-ordering site and lead procurement and inventory management.

STAFDA Launches Excellence in Distribution Website

2.5-day program will be held at the Nashville Hilton, March 12-14, 2024.

14th Annual Sonnhalter Tool Drive Kicks Off

To date, agency's tool drive has generated more than $415,000 in donations. 

RIDGID Employees Donate Food and Personal Care Items to Elyria’s Pioneer Freedge

Donation drive is sponsored by Mosaic, an Emerson employee resource group focused on giving back.

Doran Tire Monitoring Provides Early Warning for Heat

Doran tire monitoring systems are available for all size and type fleets – from owner-operators to international fleets.

U.S. Construction Spending Ticks Up in June

Public construction inches up 0.3% for month; private construction improves 0.5%.

Marine Toys for Tots Announces Literacy Initiative

Operation Turn the Page will equip countless children with tools they need to break the cycle of poverty.

Doka Mountain Region Announces Office Relocation to Facilitate Growth and Enhance Customer Experience

Doka is a leader in providing innovative scaffolding, formwork and safety solutions.

Exclusive: Leveraging Security Systems to Prevent Tool Theft in Construction Supply Chains

Tips for safeguarding your assets and fortifying your operations against this persistent threat.

JLG Publishes New Accessories Resource Guide on #DirectAccess

New guide covers add-on accessories that can increase operators’ job site productivity and safety.

ELFA Economic Activity Shows June New Business Volume Up 6% YOY

Survey Trend also shows 15% month-to-month gain and plus 1.9% year-to-date.

Southwire to Open Customer Service Center in DFW Area

1.2 million-square-foot facility will expand the company’s presence in Southwest and Midwest U.S.

U.S. New Home Sales Dip 2.5% in June

But June 2023's rate was 23.8% higher than that of June 2022.

New Posters Details How to Safely Handle and Store Lithium-Ion Batteries

Full-color poster helps users to recognize and safely handle defective lithium-ion batteries. 

The Home Depot Launches "Mission Transition" Online Courses for Veterans

Program will provide U.S. service men and women with resources to help them successfully transition into the civilian workforce.

Weil-McLain Wins Prestigious ACHR News 2023 Dealer Design Award

Company's ProTools app is recognized as a top boiler app of the year.

NAVAC Hires Director of Sales for Industrial Vacuum Business

Mike DeLisi brings company more than 15 years of vacuum technology experience. 

Bobcat Donates $250,000 to Parks to Promote Sustainability and Cultivate Community

Five parks each receive $50,000 for park restoration, beautification or enhancement needs and a new Bobcat zero-turn mower.

MPS Blades Opens Distribution in the U.S.

DPA Buying Group Hires New Vice President of Supplier Development

Scott Rouse brings DPA 15 years of accounting, finance and operations experience.

STIHL Inc. Announces Executive Transition

Chris Keffer is promoted to President; Terry Horan is appointed to STIHL Inc. Board of Directors.

Q3 Update to 2023 Economic Outlook Forecasts 0.9% Expansion in Equipment and Software Investment

ELA report also sees 1.6% GDP growth as recession looms.

HP SitePrint Launches in North America and UKI

HP’s robotic solution accelerates complex construction site layouts, delivering up to 10x the productivity of manual techniques.

U.S. Housing Starts Slide 8% in June

Permits show mixed bag for month with multifamily units dipping 3.7% for month while single-family permits rise 2.2%. 

IAPMO’s 2023 Conference Returns to San Antonio

Event will be co-located with ASSE annual meeting and ARCSA Annual Conference.

Sellars Adds Vice President of Marketing

Michelle Gross brings Sellars 25-plus years of experience with B2B and B2C national brands.

White Cap acquires Form Tech

Form Tech Concrete Forms provides concrete forming and shoring rental equipment and related consumable products.

Cooper Equipment Rentals Limited Announces Acquisitions

Cooper acquires Warner Rentals Ltd. and Scotty’s Rentals and Landscaping Ltd. in western Canada.

Viega Announces North American Expansion

Viega plans to invest over $70 million in the next two years to expand U.S. manufacturing and support North American customers. 

Topcon Introduces Aptix Integration Platform for Heavy Civil Construction

Aptix integrates data from multiple sources into one platform for optimal efficiency.

Modine Coatings Offers Training to Become A Certified Applicator

Add value to customers and add to the bottom line.

Enter to Win the Bobcat Backyard Makeover Contest Worth $25K

One winner will receive a $25K backyard makeover, plus the opportunity to meet country music superstar Justin Moore.

Careers in Welding Mobile Exhibit To Attend the National Scout Jamboree

By 2027, over 360,000 welders will be necessary to satisfy our nation’s workforce demands.

Malco Products Welcomes Rebecca Talbot as Vice President of Marketing

Marketing director Nancy Gunnerson retires after 34 years at Malco.

HCSS Partners with Gearflow to Enhance Heavy Equipment Parts Procurement

Partnership creates efficiencies that reduce costs and downtime.

Industrial Supply Company Announces Executive Changes

CEO Chris Bateman retires after more than 40 years of service.

U.S. Construction Spending Trends Up 0.9% in May

Residential construction drives growth for month, increasing 2.2%. 

WALTER Expands Sales Team 

Company adds two new RSMs and a Business Development Manager.

KEEN Utility Announces Strategic Updates Planned for Second-Half of 2023

Stabilizing supply chain allows company to reduce prices.

AED Hires Nichole Stoltz as Senior Regional Manager

Group also promotes Jonathan Porter to manager of government affairs.

American Welding Society Expands its Commitment to Welding Education

Society offers a full slate of training opportunities this summer. 

Makita Announces Most Powerful System Sweepstakes

Grand Prize is a Makita Edition 2023 Can-Am Maverick X3 DS TURBO SSV outfitted with Makita 40V max cordless equipment and tools.

Product Testers Wanted For New Festool KSC 60 Cordless Miter Saw

Trade professionals and advanced DIYers can apply from June 29 to July 16.

NetPlus Alliance Industry Outlook Report: 88% of Distributor Members Anticipate Sales Growth in 2023

Nearly 58% of NetPlus Alliance distributor members saw sales growth of 8% or more in Q1.

IronCraft Adds Haefer as Pacific Northwest Territory Manager

Chris Haefer joins IronCraft from Woods Equipment/Wain Roy.

Bobcat Supports Local Communities Through Park and Recreation Month Sponsorship

Sponsorship celebrates the importance of local park and recreation spaces and the professionals who support them.

CRAFTSMAN Renews Partnership with Racing for a Miracle Program 

Ace Hardware to offer 20% off select CRAFTSMAN products through July.

Sellars Promotes Yusuf Abu-Hatoum to Chief Information and Customer Experience Officer

Abu-Hatoum joined Sellars in 2020.

U.S. New Home Sales Climb 12.2% in May

Average selling price runs $487,300.

Mitsubishi HC Capital America Sees Surge in Rental, Leasing Structures as Construction Businesses Look to Minimize Risk

Company’s Construction Division grows to provide streamlined financing throughout North America.

New GAF QuickSite Reports Bring Crucial Property Information Together In One Spot

New mobile app allows access to unique offerings at the push of a button.

Mule-Hide Products Promotes Derek Govan to West Region Director

Govan steps up from territory manager.

Back by Popular Demand — Metabo HPT 36V MultiVolt Cordless Jig Saw 

Best-in-class cutting saw is reborn thanks to customer demand. 

KNIPEX Releases Pliers Finder for Professionals App

New app helps users find just the right tool for their application.

ASV Celebrates 40 Years

Company was born in 1983 with the creation of a tracked snow trail groomer. 

Sonnhalter Partners with Habitat for Humanity for 14th Annual Sonnhalter Tool Drive

To date, agency has donated more than $415,000 worth in donations for the organization.

Protective Industrial Products Acquires Ultimate Industrial

Ultimate Industrial is a UK-based provider of hand protection and PPE.

IAPMO Water Demand Calculator Version 2.2 Available for Download

Upgraded algorithm is faster and more accurately predicts peak indoor water demand.

Coxreels Celebrates 100 Years in Business

Coxreels offers custom products for any application.

International Hardware Fair Cologne 2024 Sees Strong Early Registrations

Leading companies from Germany and abroad confirm their participation at the leading global trade fair for the hardware industry.

ORBIS Hosts Third Annual Golf Outing for Children's Wisconsin

Event raised $330,000 to support practitioners and patients in the Pediatric Simulation and Resuscitation Program.

Exclusive: When You Need Big Air

ROLAIR's model 13GR30HK30 is its flagship truck-mounted stationary air compressor. 

Malco Products Introduces Counterperson of the Year Contest

Contest recognizes outstanding customer service; Winner receives $500 cash!

FastenMaster Celebrates 25 Years 

Company remains PRO driven and committed to creating products that make work
faster, easier, and more efficient for contractors.

We Supply America Seeks Distributors for Season 3

Host Dirk Beveridge is travelling the USA helping distributors tell their stories. 

EMCO Industries Names Marcus Hester Vice President

Hiring signals company’s expansion into HD trailer springs and beyond.

The Home Depot Updates Fiscal 2023 Guidance and Objectives

Company predicts sales and comp store sales for 2023 to decline between 2% and 5% YOY, but grow 3% and 4% per year going forward. 

Epicor Survey Polls ERP User Needs and Expectations

New report reveals trends and factors that distributors evaluate in ERP puchase decisions, adoption and implementation. 

Fecon to Hold Charity Auction for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation

Company will auction off a Bull Hog mulcher attachment to raise funds for charity. 

Equip Exposition Encourages Landscapers and Dealers to Try Latest Equipment 

Equip Exposition runs October 17-20, 2023 in Louisville.

B&F Fastener Supply Acquires Northern States Supply

Expands product offering, boosts regional reach.

STAFDA Announces Excellence in Distribution Program

First run of this new program will take place March 12-14, 2024 in Nashville.

Makita OPE Earns AFTC Certification from the American Green Zone Alliance

Certification is the result of rigorous field testing, and is important news for an industry seeking best options to replace gas equipment.

SCA and NEU Announce Partnership 

The Slag Cement Association agreement with the ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete wil combine resources and build on strengths.

Manitowoc Tool & Machining completes acquisition of G&V Machine Company

G&V provides machining needs for the construction, agriculture, off-road, highway trucking, forestry, mining and other OEM industries.

Marine Toys for Tots Provides Smiles for Today and Hope for Tomorrow Through Spring and Summer Distributions

It's not just for Christmas anymore!

Exclusive: Mastering Video Content Marketing

The Three P's — Preparation, positioning and punch.

STAFDA’s San Antonio Educational Workshops: The Smart Choice

Sessions cover leadership, instilling accountablility, relationship building and more.

RIDGID Partners with Unplugged Brewing on 100th Anniversary Brew

Limited-edition craft beer celebrates trade professionals and the RIDGID legacy.

Exclusive: Proton – Why Distributors Can Beat Amazon

Distributors have shown they can beat Amazon. So, what’s the real threat?

Harbor Freight Tools to Open New Store in Watertown, Wisconsin

Hiring to begin for 25-30 new jobs in the community.

MAX Launches Free Battery Promotion!

Promo runs now through June 30.

FrogTape Releases Training Handbook For New Painting Pros

Informative how-to guide provides tips and insight as foundations for skills development.

Lithonia Lighting Wins 2023 LEDs BrightStar Award

Breakthrough optics reduce lumens behind the pole to just 0.5% while providing outstanding forward and lateral projection.

MOSO North America and Simpson Strong-Tie Partner on Deck Products and Software for Custom Outdoor Spaces

Users can now use Simpson's planning software to design decks with MOSO Bamboo X-treme decking products.

Metabo HPT Awarded Supplier of the Decade by SouthernCarlson

Special award was presented at SouthernCarlson's National Sales Meeting, April 14 -16, 2023, in Nashville.

ASV Announces 2022 Dealer Award Winners

Winners operate dealerships in Connecticut, Georgia and Wisconsin. 

NCCER Delivers an Enhanced Core Construction Course

Sixth edition of Core: Introduction to Basic Construction Skills is now available.

The Roofing Alliance Celebrates National Roofing Week

Celebrate daily as the Roofing Alliance shares National Roofing Week activities.

Kevin Herron to Retire as President, U.S. Automotive Group

Randy Breaux promoted to Group President, GPC North America.

Uptime Matters: JLG Issues New Whitepaper

Whitepaper answers six frequently asked questions about equipment maintenance, parts and service.

HellermannTyton Partners with Mag Daddy

Will add magnetic mounts and fasteners to line-up.

Two Industry Veterans Join Sellars Leadership Team

Larry Cook is named VP of Commercial Sales and Paul Ihde becomes Director of Commercial Sales.

PIP Promotes Sean Weil to Chief Financial Officer

Weil steps up from Global Vice President of Finance.

Paul Reilly Announces August Seminar 

Join him August 17, 2023 for the Coaching for Sales Success public seminar.

New Wooster Products Website Is A Convenient Resource for Architects and Specifiers

New site provides a fast and easy way to find information on code-compliant non-slip stair treads and nosings, emergency egress systems and more. 

STIHL Offers Battery Power Cost Calculators

New tools reveal the costs of switching to battery-powered tools and charging them over time.

New Trustee Joins APA Board

John Beers III joins Engineered Wood Association Board of Trustees.

PlanHub Report Reveals Business Drivers Construction Professionals & Perceptions of 2023 Market

PlanHub’s Q2 Thriving in the Dynamic Construction Market report uses key insights from over 340,000 companies and 700 general contractors.

JLG to Expand Telehandler Production Capacity in Tennessee

Company will invest $120 million in Tennessee facility over the next two-years to increase SkyTrak manufacturing.

Simpson Strong-Tie Participates in 7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Test of 10-Story Mass Timber Building


Tests aim to establish the seismic resiliency of mass timber construction with simulations of both the 1994 Northridge and 1999 Jiji earthquakes.

Doran Manufacturing Celebrates 70 Years with New Facility, New Ownership

Doran manufactures tire pressure monitoring systems for truck fleets and off-road equipment.

Sphere 1 Celebrates 24 Years and Announces 2022 Award Winners 

Annual conference fetes members and suppliers and recognizes top contributors to the group. 

The Home Depot Sees Sales Soften for First Time in Three Years

Q1 2023 sales decrease 4.2% from Q1 2022.

Protective Industrial Products, Inc. Acquires ISM

ISM is the exclusive global licensee for PUMA® Safety Shoes.

FNA Group Targets Unfair Competition in Gas-Powered Pressure Washer Market 

FNA Group seeks retroactive imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese and Vietnamese competitors to curb attempts to evade U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties. 

Guardian Launches Multi-Year Growth Plan

Ambitious plan sees new product programs and global expansion into more countries.

ARA Quarterly Forecast Reveals Economic Optimism

Outlook calls for greater growth than previous quarter's projection.

ORBIS Welcomes Thomas Estock as Director of Sustainability

New position will spearhead sustainability journey across the company.

Fasteners Inc. Hires New VP of People and Culture

Dr. Christina Nishiyama brings the company more than 15 years of human resources leadership experience.

NetPlus Alliance Lays Groundwork for Successful 2023, Announces New Partnerships

In 2022, member purchases from NetPlus preferred suppliers hit $418 million, 27% more than 2021.

Southwire Recognized as a Best Managed Company for the Fourth Year in a Row 

Company named as a Gold Standard winner for maintaining achievement for four years.

Harvey Gerstman Associates Promotes Charlie Gerstman to President

Charlie Gerstman steps up from Vice President of Sales for the family rep agency. 

ACME Manufacturing Appoints John Barrett President and COO

Barrett will succeed Tim Broderick as he retires in June 2023.

Kohl to be STAFDA Associate Speaker in San Antonio

Russell Kohl is President and CEO of Diablo/Freud Tools, Atlanta, Georgia.

OTR Receives Supplier Excellence Award

Kubota recognizes OTR as a top supplier for outstanding quality, delivery, and cost commitment.

Applications: Keep Emergency Communication Out of the Dead Zone

Advanced Emergency Responder Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES) eliminate potential dead zones in commercial buildings to help first responders stay connected.

Werner to Train 50K People Nationwide and Host 300 Safety Training Events For OSHA Safety Stand-Down

Company sets goal of 50k people trained nationwide through Ladder Safety and Fall Protection events.

New Online Tools from Mule-Hide Products Co. Make Project Planning Easier

Silicone Coating System calculator and Pre-Packaged submittals available on mulehide.com.

Point of Rental Wins Back-to-Back Supplier of the Year Honors

Point of Rental enjoyed their first HAE Supplier of the Year award so much in 2022, they earned a second one on Saturday at Grosvenor House in London.

PCS Hires New California Director of Sales

Shawn Ledbetter joins PCS from Milwaukee Tool.

National BIM Standard-US Version 4 Opens for Public Comment

NBIMS-US V4 has been three years in the making.

UK Ladder Association Urges Government to Clamp Down on Online Marketplaces

Britain's Ladder Association found that over 80% of commercially-available telescopic ladders sold online failed to meet minimum safety requirements in tests.

Zircon Corporation to Merge with Harmony Energy Technologies

Merger represents a key step in Zircon's path to entering the public markets.

IAPMO Hires Cambria McLeod as VP, Industry Relations and Business Development

McLeod joins IAPMO from Kohler Co.

Applications: Cintec Fire Resistant Anchors

Cintec has advocated building restoration with fire-resistant anchors since 1993. 

Motion Industries Names New SVP and CFO

Patrick Cummings has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Viega Announces New Experience Center in New York

The indoor 3,500 square-foot space will be equipped with 200+ Viega fittings and piping systems to show various applications. 

Florida Coast Equipment Opens World-Class Homestead Dealership and Service Center

New center will serve Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.

U.S. New Home Sales Rise 9.6 Percent in March

Average selling price runs $562,400.

Coming Soon: Tenth Annual Stand-Down for Fall Safety

May 1-5 event will focus on fall prevention through safety demonstrations, talks, trainings and other activities.

Resources: This Old House Looks at Solar Power for your Home

Learn about the benefits of solar panels and decide if they are worth it for your home.

Kohler Co. Rebrands its Power Businesses to Kohler Energy

KOHLER, Clarke Energy, Kohler Uninterruptible Power, Heila Technologies and Curtis Instruments brands will now fall under the Kohler Energy brand.

Construction Education Leader NCCER Unveils New Brand Identity and Website

New brand identity and website launch a new era for the organization.

Malco Debuts New Product Idea Contest

Top prize includes VIP trip to industry event, chance to work with product design team.

New for STAFDA Convention: Women in Distribution Luncheon

New event is open to to all women attending the Convention. 

Exclusive: Small Tool, Big Effects

Tape can have unexpected consequences in MRO work. Here are the most important things to consider when reaching for a roll.

McCann Industries Announces Sales Leadership Changes

Peter Altenberger is named Corporate VP of Sales; Damian Allen and Jay Courtney are promoted to divisional VPs of Sales.

Weiler Abrasives Introduces Key User Program

Initiative will provide expanded technical expertise and support to end users in key segments.

Case Studies: Capital Equipment Metal Fabrication

Manufacturer gains efficiencies with CGW vitrified wheels.

ITR Economics Unveils New Website

New site features modern design, more online resources and forecasts. 

Brickworks North America Opens New Masonry Supply Center in Manassas

New 30K sf masonry supply center is designed to meet the needs of builders, architects and homeowners under one roof.

Privately-Owned Housing Permits Take 8.8 Percent Hit in March

However, single-family permits, starts and completions all rise for the month. 

DEUTZ Corporation to Open New Power Center in Howell, Michigan

New Center will serve Michigan, Ohio and Northeast Kentucky.

Festool On-The-Go

Premium power tool manufacturer launches “Festool Experience” tour In U.S.

Exclusive: How Distributors Can Benefit from Through Channel Marketing

Partner programs are among the best ways to offer channel partners easy access to marketing materials.

Product knowledge: Fit and Function — Brass Knuckle Application Expertise Precisely Matches Job to PPE

Automakers embrace thin, strong, dexterous Brass Knuckle SmartCut BKCR2403 for assembly work.

Premier Building Solutions Announces Packaging Redesign

Design overhaul gives Premier a fresh look that better reflects its robust product line.

ICP Adds New Tampa Facility to its MasterWorks Contractor Training Program

APOC expands educational program that helps pros build in-demand skills with leading roof construction and restoration products, deck/concrete waterproofing solutions.

Simpson Strong-Tie To Introduce New Yield-Link Brace Connection and Resilient Building Systems at the 2023 NASCC Steel Conference

Industry event takes place April 12-14 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC.

National Stand-Down to Prevent Struck-By Incidents

Accident awareness event will run April 17-21.

Fecon Expands Dealer Network

Fecon’s current network includes more than 500 dealer locations globally.

Ambassador Supply Acquires Hitek Truss Company

Partnership will expand the companies’ capabilities in the building and construction industry to serve customers across Florida and beyond.

IronCraft Adds Territory Manager to Western Region

Andrew Watkins will serve IronCraft customers in southern California, southern Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and west Texas.

Petty’s Garage and Best Working Wipes Expand Partnership

Pettys Garage.com becomes latest retailer to carry Best Working Wipes.

Monarch Brands Joins Hospeco Brands Group

Move creates multi-market juggernaut; adds whole product lines, expands microfiber and wiping product offering.

Malco Announces First Building Exterior Trade-Pro of the Year Winners

Five building exterior professionals from across the U.S. honored with national recognition, $1,000 tool kits.

MAX USA Corp. Launches 2023 Spring Promotion

Four popular nailers are on sale through May 31.  

Weiler Abrasives Group Names New CEO

Arjang “AJ” Roshan-Rouz brings significant experience in leading a global organization.

ClarkDietrich Names Brian Panuccio Chief Commercial Officer

Panuccio has been with ClarkDietrich since 2002. 

ChatGPT Enters the Construction Industry

Construction workers can now talk with plans using Togal.GPT

Jon-Don Acquires Coatings Hub

Leading distributor of commercial supplies, equipment and chemicals announces continued growth with acquisition of California-based concrete floor coatings distributor.

ExxonMobil, NEG-US and GatorBar Form Alliance to Grow Composite Rebar Market Share

GatorBar composite rebar is 2 to 4 times stronger than steel.

NTEA Appoints Dave Zelis to Board of Directors

Zelis is executive vice president of strategy at Buyers Products Company.

2023 AD U.S. Spring Network Meeting Encourages Collaboration

Spring Network Meeting welcomes AD’s Safety Network division for the first time.

VisionTrack appointed to board of global NGO Together for Safer Roads

Company's leaders join international council that aims to reduce vehicular accidents and fatalities. 

Mecalac Hires After-Sales Manager and Controller

Amer Ascic becomes after-sales manager and Diana Lacaire is named controller.

Simpson Strong-Tie Named LBM Advantage’s 2022 Specialties Vendor of the Year

Simpson serves nearly 300 active partners in LBM Advantage.

Report: Profitability a Primary Concern for Home Builders in Current Climate

2023 SORCI Report confirms 63% of builders generate net margins of 10% or less.

Streamlight Marks 50 Years of Manufacturing High-Quality Lighting

Small company evolved into global provider of flashlights, lanterns and headlamps.

Metal Roofing Alliance Adds New Regional Members

New members include the Bryer Company, Nu-Ray Metals and TS Metal Supply.

AD Owner/Members Elect 2023 Board of Directors

New directors include François Deschênes, Chrissy Nardini and Donald D. Slominski, Jr.

Fecon Adds Taylor Construction Equipment as New Attachments Dealer

Deal expands Fecon's presence in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

MAX USA Corp. Announces Winners of the 2022 Second Half Awards for Outstanding Achievements

John Dominice and Lida Gasper are named to company's Hall of Fame.

Simplified Connectivity: Festool Work App Now Available

Make your job easier with instant connection, more functionality and many capabilities all with one app.

Acme Tools Opens Twin Cities Distribution Center

New Burnsville location will increase efficiencies and reduce delivery times.

AEM at ConExpo: New data says equipment manufacturing rebounded in '22

New data shows manufacturers return to growth, increased output.

Enter Now for a Chance to Win a Spot at Sixth Annual RIDGID Experience 2023

RIDGID will select six winners for a VIP Experience at its global headquarters Elyria, Ohio. 

Case Studies: Cintec Fire Resistant Anchors Take the Heat

Epoxy or resin type anchors have failed in building fires but Cintec cementitious anchors maintained their integrity. 

Exclusive: The Stud Finder, Reinvented

Advanced second generation stud finder utilizes multiple sensors and sophisticated signal processing to filter out false positives.

OTR Unveils New Branding at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023

OTR Wheel Engineering becomes OTR Engineered Solutions.

The Home Depot Names William Bastek Executive Vice President of Merchandising

Bastek is a 33-year veteran of The Home Depot and replaces Jeff Kinnaird, who is leaving the company.

Former Andersen Corp. Executive Paul Delahunt Joins Malco Products Board of Directors

Delahunt is the past president of Renewal by Andersen Corporation, a $950 million subsidiary of Andersen Corporation.

Dodge: Total Construction Starts Slip in January

New year begins with declines as fewer mega projects break ground.

Industry Veteran Matt Nelson Joins IronCraft as Territory Manager

Nelson will serve customers in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Sellars Recognized with Two National Leadership Awards

Company earns Impact Award and is named to MO 100 Top Impact CEO list. 

New DENIOS Full Line Catalog Now Available

320-page full-color catalog details DENIOS' entire line of environmental protection and workplace safety products.

MAX USA will be attending CONEXPO 2023

Visit MAX in the North Hall at booth #N10877 and in the South Hall at Booth #S63240/38.

JLG Offers Searchable Knowledge Base Article Library with Online Express

More than 400 articles to troubleshoot machine issues by code or symptom.

Cyber Security: LockBit Carries Out Record Number of Ransomware Attacks

Report shows notorious Russian-linked ransomware gang superseded its own record in February 2023.

PIP Appoints New Chief Information Officer

Mark Mazurkiewicz comes to PIP from Alkegen.

REGO-FIX Adds to Northeast Territory Team with New Manager

Carl Hynes has previously worked with Waters Corporation, Pratt & Whitney and Colt Manufacturing Co.

ClarkDietrich Names New VP of Marketing

Jennifer Edgar takes over for Terry Westerman, who has retired. 

Evergreen Marketing Group Becomes Evergreen Supply Network 

New name symbolizes group's evolving mission and programs.

NAHB Highlights Female Construction Educators

California State Fresno's Molly Smith and Michele Randel promote careers in construction for women.

U.S. Construction Spending in January Improves 5.7 Percent Y-O-Y

Although most sectors slip M-O-M, commercial construction rises 0.9 percent in January. 

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