Industry News

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

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Special: How the Latest Stand-Up Rebar Tying Technology is Supporting Precast Plants

Stand-up technology increases worker productivity and reduces repetitive motion injuries, extending careers.

Special: Metabo HPT Addresses Nailer Market Trends

Product manager Lucio Morales analyses trends and Metabo HPT's MultiVolt fastening solutions.

World of Concrete Wraps Up Rescheduled 2021 Show

Event claims 650-plus exhibiting companies in 300,000 square feet of space.

Dodge: Total Construction Falls in May as Housing Stumbles

Single family construction feeling brunt of higher material prices.

Fluor Spins Off AMECO

New company will fill critical market need for enhanced site support services to contractors and owners.

Mule-Hide Promotes Kyle Stavish to National Training Manager

Stavish will direct training programs for contractors, Mule-Hide Products associates and ABC Supply associates.

Building permits for privately-owned U.S. housing units dip 3.0 percent in May

Single-family new home starts advance 4.2 percent for month, materials costs notwithstanding. 

Guest Post: How Contractors Can Benefit from a Kitting Program (and How Distributors Can Help)

Well-managed kitting services allow distributors to add value and contractors to work more profitably.

Product Knowledge: Tips for Specifying Railing for Multifamily Balconies

Trex Commercial Products offers code, safety and installation tips for specifying multifamily balcony railings.

Hypertherm founder Dick Couch retires from board of directors, assumes role of Chair Emeritus

Richard Lettieri takes over Board Chair role.

Streamlight Names New RSM

Alyssa Hicks to manage midwest sales for Industrial/Fire Division.

Viega Fittings Earn Navy Approval

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

Exclusive: Heavy Equipment Dealers Increase Profitability with GPS Tracking

Real-time, 24/7 tracking helps to optimize rental asset turnaround, and can deter theft and reckless use by encouraging renter accountability.

B2W Makes Leading Estimating and Operations Software Available to College Construction Programs at No Charge

Expanded college program gives future construction professionals hands-on experience with powerful, real-world tools.

ITR Virtual Keynote: Supply, Demand and Inflation

ITR President Alan Beaulieu and Economist Lauren Saidel-Baker will look at the current trends impacting distribution.

Coxreels Exceeds Industry Recommended Salt Spray Testing Hours

Tests show Coxreels products exceed salt spray standard by more than 20 percent.

VaproShield Webinar: Are Highly Permeable Membranes Too Permeable?

Webinar is set for Thursday, June, 17th at 10:00 a.m. PST.

Buyers Products Appoints New OEM Sales Manager

Charles Gerds will serve Buyers' growing OEM customer base.

NetPlus Industry Outlook Survey: Distributors Remain Optimistic as Recovery Efforts Get Underway

Sixty percent of members surveys report Q1 2021 sales improvements over Q1 2020.

NUCA announces Trench Safety Stand Down

2021 Trench Safety Stand Down runs June 14-18, 2021.

JLG Electric Scissor Lifts and SkyTrak Telehandlers Win EquipmentWatch 2021 Lowest Cost of Ownership Awards

Setting the industry standard for the best combined average annual utilization and residual value in the next 5 years.

Vulcan Materials acquiring Texas-based U.S. Concrete Inc. for $1.3 billion

Deal gives Vulcan Materials access to operations large metro areas in California, Texas, New York and New Jersey.

Dodge Momentum Index jumps 9.1% in May

Commercial planning pushes Index to seventh consecutive monthly gain.

Huttig Building Products, Inc. Announces Record First Quarter Net Earnings

Company sees net sales of $214.7 million for quarter.

Honda Unveils eGX Advanced Electrified Power Unit for OEM Applications

Company’s first lithium-ion battery-powered motor is designed for use in commercial OEM power equipment products for indoor and outdoor use.

Metabo HPT Launches Green Means Go Campaign

Campaign highlights the MultiVolt system of cordless power tools where versatility is key.

Ram Board, Surface Shields and Trimaco to merge in 2022

Working together to bring customers exceptional products and customer service.

MBT and Dirteeze US Announce Major Partnership Agreement

MBT will be offering the Dirteeze Rough and Smooth line of premoistened wipes to its distributors.

Report: Contractors eager to grow in 2021 despite cash-flow challenges

New Billd report suggests contractors remain optimistic but face unsatisfactory credit and financing options and insufficient supplier terms.

Simpson Strong-Tie Resumes Live Events, Will Bring Titen Anchoring Solutions to World of Concrete

Simpson will show its Titen concrete and masonry anchoring solutions in Las Vegas.

Sphere 1 Cooperative Presents 2020 Award Winners

Annual Conference draws 900-plus attendees and fetes Member-Owners and Preferred Suppliers of the past year.

Continental Abrasives acquires Edmar Abrasives

Edmar has been a diamond and abrasive market leader on the East Coast and Midwest for 68 years.

Utah Honors Industrial Supply's Chad Littlefield

Littlefield is recognized as one of Utah's top HR professionals.

AD Industrial & Safety's Virtual Spring Meeting Draws Over 300 Attendees

Virtual event delivered group financial results, seminars and recognized top-performing members.

Stellar Industries Acquires MD Products and Solutions

MDPS is a leader in agricultural and utility-focused trailer products.

F.W. Webb Becomes a McElroy Fusion Equipment Distributor

McElroy is the leading global manufacturer of fusion tools for (PE) and (PPR) piping.

JLG Joins National Safety Month Efforts

Supports NSC’s mission to “Save lives, from the workplace to anyplace.”

Private construction drives U.S. market uptick in April

Private construction spending nationwide advanced 0.4 percent while public spending slipped 0.6 percent for month.

Western Global Appoints Jeremy Shepherd Regional Sales Manager

Shepherd will serve Western Global customers in nine western states from Arizona to Washington, including Alaska and Hawaii.

HUD releases 2020 new homes construction report

The average new single-family home was 2,333 square feet and sold for $391,900.

ABC US Builds New Packaging Facility in Pioneer, Ohio

Spax and TruFast parent company to build 64,000-square-foot packaging plant.