Industry News

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

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

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

Eastern Site Supply names Lovett VP of Sales

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

Weiler Abrasives partners with Pacesetter Sales & Associates

New partnership expands Weiler Abrasives’ representation throughout Eastern Canada.

Milwaukee Tool announces new expansion plans

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

Jescraft opens new Connecticut manufacturing facility

New plant in Oxford, CT signals strong growth.

Phillips Screw Company announces senior leadership changes

Hurley assumes Chairman role, Filion steps into CEO position.

Engcon contributes to a world's first CAT excavator

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

NAHB predicts remodeling market growth through 2021

Association predicts market will grow 1.2 percent in 2021.

Evergreen CEO announces 2022 retirement plans

Succession steering committee is appointed to lead transition.

U.S. housing starts grow 3.2 percent in 2019

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

Peter Bigwood joins Mecalac

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

Rental Hosting announces new leadership

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

United Rentals names JCB Supplier of the Year

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

Graycor names new CFO

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

Evergreen announces 2020 workshop schedule

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

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

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

Mark Howenstine Joins Grabber as Product Category Manager

Howenstine brings Grabber extensive product management experience.

BHMA announces winter planning and technical meetings in Tampa, FL

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

Survey: Which contractor jobs are the hardest?

Contractors and consumers ranked 32 different types of contractor work.

Laclede Chain announces restructuring

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

CRSI releases updated rebar placing and inspection guides

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

Intercorp releases new Strong-Point and Strongcon catalog

Seventh edition features more than 50 new fastening products. 

Voltec Power & Lighting promotes Matt DeSantis to VP of Sales

Voltec also announces hiring of Blaine Ballard as Eastern RSM.

Emerson promotes Pipe and Electrical Solutions Group leaders

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

AGC offers podcast on natural disasters and construction

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

ORS Nasco and MEDCO name new president/CEO

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

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

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

Dodge Momentum Index moves higher in December

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

Foundation Building Materials acquires Associated Drywall Suppliers

Associated supplies builders in the greater Louisville, Kentucky market. 

Mill Steel Framing launches new website and submittal tool

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

Exclusive: The impact of the MixCoat system

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

Optronics acquires USA Harness

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

Viking announces class action settlement

Suit applied to certain mainly residential Viking VK457 fire sprinklers.

Encore Wire announces merger of SMTM and McCreary Sales

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

LIFT Safety partners with CSDA

New partnership will go live at World of Concrete.

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

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

Viega announces winter training schedule

Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire.

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

Limited part numbers affected, immediate replacements available.

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

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

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

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

Channellock announces third annual Trade School Trade-up competition

Event offers cash prizes, tools and a classroom makeover.

MSC CFO to resign

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

SPX acquires Patterson-Kelley

Acquisition enhances new HVAC product development capabilities.

MSG Sphere Las Vegas on track for 2021 opening

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

Rocket Mortgage releases 2020 housing market predictions

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

White Paper: Advantages of single-source procurement for fasteners

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

Lone Star to buy BASF’s construction chemicals business

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