Industry News

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

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AGC: Construction spending dips 0.8 percent in October on softer public and nonresidential markets

Association urges quick resolution to trade disputes and uncertainty that are slowing U.S. economic growth. 

Structurlam selects Conway, Arkansas for its first U.S. plant

World-class mass timber production facility to create 130 jobs.

ACI Foundation partners launch embodied carbon in construction calculator (EC3) tool

Free tool helps builders and specifiers compare and reduce embodied carbon emissions from construction materials.

Oliver Frese named COO of Koelnmesse

Frese is a former member of the Board of Deutsche Messe AG in Hanover. 

Mi-T-M's Matt Hoefer joins STAFDA Manufacturer Liaison Committee

Hoefer will serve a three-year term on the committee.

Mar-Bal acquires Detectable Warning Systems

DWS lines includes Redi-Mat Surface applied, flexible polyurethane warning products.

Little Giant Ladders receives Product of the Year Award 

ASSP recognizes King Kombo ladder as best product at show. 

HBI holds ribbon cutting 

Home Builders Institute (HBI) opens new construction trades training facility near Fort Campbell. 

Hoffmann Group USA’s GARANT brand wins six German design awards

GARANT products have won 44 design awards over the past 12 years.

Simpson Strong-Tie donates $10,000 to Girls Inc. of Alameda County

Donation will support middle school girls in academic excellence.

Viega announces winter training schedule

Classes to be held in Colorado and New Hampshire.

NAHB: Lower interest rates prop housing market

Current 30-year fixed rate runs 1.1 percent less than it did just a year ago.

PIP acquires Boss Glove and Safety

Boss has supplied gloves, boots and protective wear for more than 120 years. 

Trade Shows: Cologne is calling

The world's largest tool show is getting bigger in Cologne, Germany.

Case Studies: The Case for Training

Achieving improved productivity and worker accountability.

October 2019 new home sales top October 2018 by 31.6 percent

Average sales price is $383,300.

Weiler Abrasives Group raises $100,000 to support Pocono Mountains United Way

Company’s 75th anniversary celebration continues with “75 Days of Giving."

Simpson Strong-Tie anchoring adhesives pass indoor air quality testing

Three Simpson adhesives earn California Department of Public Health (CDPH) indoor air quality compliance certification.

Exclusive: Creating a safer, more productive lit environment for in-service/field workers

Working with a lighting expert can help to optimize vehicle hazard, ground, scene, and surface lighting.

Exclusive: Stop hiring substance abusers 

Pre-employment tests plus two other techniques help reduce stealing and theft by your employees.

Epiroc introduces My Epiroc fleet management solution

New web and mobile solution increases fleet efficiency and safety.

U.S. housing surges in October

Permits, starts and completions all rise. 

HD Q3 sales grow 3.5 percent YOY to $921 million

Company revises fiscal 2019 estimate to 1.8 percent overall growth for year.

ACI offers Post-Installed Concrete Anchor Installation Inspector program

New course builds upon ACI's existing certification program.

Streamlight names new national accounts manager

Kelly Swope joins sales team for Industrial/Fire division.

NAHB: Single-family housing construction makes steady gains in October

Single-family category grows 3.8 percent for month; multi-family grows 8.6 percent.

Western Specialty Contractors offers free guide for parking garage inspections

Downloadable visual guide and checklist simplifies structure inspection and maintenance tracking.

Zurn relocates and expands California service center

New facility in Fontana increases location's floor space to 186,000 square feet. 

Breakthrough tool empowers users to learn how buildings and infrastructure can reduce embodied carbon

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool delivers the first digitized EPDs for construction materials in a free platform designed to accelerate early adoption across the entire construction industry.

Festool USA celebrates 20 years of business with limited edition tool sets

Power tool innovator releases “Emerald Edition” tools, plus Sweepstakes to spend the day with a Festool Trainer.

Ideas blossom at Point of Rental International Conference

"Going Green" theme gets attendees ready for 2020 growth.

First report: STAFDA 2019 kicks up its heels in Nashville

STAFDA enjoys its largest convention in 10 years. 

Dodge Momentum Index moves higher in October

Institutional projects drive Index up 6.9 percent for month.

SureWerx acquires Sure Foot Corporation

Sure Foot manufactures the Due North brand of winter traction aids.

OZAT USA opens new PA location

OZAT USA announced its new location in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Makita wows STAFDA show with over 25 new tools

Makita announced over 25 new LXT tool and power equipment releases.

Total Safety acquires Pacific Coast Tool

Total Safety has acquired Pacific Coast Tool to expand its distribution offerings to power utility customers.

BLS Report: Workplace injuries and illnesses hold steady 2018

2018 marks the first year since 2012 that the overall injury rate saw no decline. 

Dodge: Construction starts to soften in 2020

Dodge 2020 Outlook Report predicts construction starts will drop 4% overall from 2019 estimates.

FastenMaster to feature TrapEase Fascia System at Remodeling & Deck Expo

Color-matched fastening system for composite deck board will be at booth 345.

Exclusive: Addressing the need for sharp workers

Technology training on workflow can help.

Wildeck earns MHEDA’s MVS Award for 2020

Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association gives company its Most Valuable Supplier Award.

RIDGID brings latest innovations to STAFDA

See RIDGID"s newest products at booths 1628-1630, Nov. 10-12, in Nashville.

Mayhew Acquires BestWay Tools

BestWay manufactures screwdriver and bit product lines.

Report: Modern apprenticeship model proves effective solution to combatting U.S. skills gap

Modern apprenticeships sync workforce development with economic demands.

Swedish Hultafors Group launches in the U.S.

Company will kick off its new U.S. division at STAFDA in Nashville.

First Look! Milwaukee's Amazing New MX Fuel Tool Line

Six new ultra-heavy-duty machines blast the boundaries of cordless tool performance.

55+ housing market returns to record high

Multifamily 55+ activity slows but remains strong.

Huttig Building Products Announces Q3 2019 Results

Company has net sales of $215.7 million and gross margin increases to 20.7% for quarter.

Connecticut Construction Industries Association kicks off campaign to raise opioid addiction awareness

Opioid deaths in construction workers outpace those in all other worker categories.

US LBM Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Leading building materials distributor operates 256 locations in 32 states.

Cool Stories: Iowa City HBA Trains Students, Gives Back to Local Community

Iowa City Student-Built House Program took place during Careers in Construction month in October.

STAFDA's online marketing consultant offers free consultations in Nashville

Book your time now with Bob DeStefano.

PIP expands Salesforce

Reorganization brings advancements for Matt Moseley, Kerry Dyer and Jim Wilson.