June 2014 News

San Francisco 49ers' "Field of Jeans" is Almost Complete
New $1.2 billion stadium is nearly ready for prime time.

NetPlus Alliance Adds Four New Product Suppliers
Eagle Pro, Diamond Products, Knipex and Komelon USA join buying group.

Peter Skaalen Named to Key Position At PFERD INC.
Skaalen becomes vice president of operations.

NIOSH Rolls-out Buy Quiet Program
Campaign promotes lower noise tools to help prevent hearing loss.

Calpipe Celebrates New HQ
New office and manufacturing facility gives Calpipe more room to grow.

Freud Launches New Website
New site delivers more educational tools and enhanced user experience.

Cintas and Sqwincher Search for Hot Jobs
Hottest Job in America Contest to award cool products and NFL tickets.

MCP Supply Launches New Website
Site features Edgetite paver edging spikes.

Dow Kicks Off Great Stuff NASCAR Sweepstakes
Winner will join the Great Stuff pit crew for a day.

SPI Adds New South Carolina Shipping Facility
New facility enhances SPI's eastern U.S. shipping efficiencies.

QEP Adds CDC Distributors as Flooring Distributor
East-central distributor covers seven states.

New Residential Sales Rise 18.6 Percent in May
Rate for month exceeds May 2013 by 16.9 percent.

Boehner Suggests ‘Nine to 12 Month’ Highway Bill
Bill would tide over Highway Trust Fun for up to a year while long-term solutions are sought.

Intercorp Partners with Florida International Marketing
Adds Strong-Point fastener distribution center in Florida.

AGC Lauds New Highway Bill
Senate highway funding proposal will provide long-term funding solutions.

Appleton Group Makes Key Appointments to Management Team
Betty Chambers and Joe Compton take sales and operations roles.

DDI System Releases Newest Inform Software Upgrade
Adds user-defined screens, more functions and a fresh new look.

ClarkDietrich Renews SkillsUSA Sponsorship
Donates steel framing products for SkillsUSA Championships competition.

Residential Starts and Permits Slip in May
Permits slide 6.4 percent; starts stumble 6.5 percent for month.

Freud America/ Diablo Named Sphere1 Accessory Supplier of the Year
Bests 86 other preferred suppliers to take award.

HD Supply Q1 Sales Grow 6 Percent to $2.2 Billion
Sales for quarter grow $113 million over Q1 2013: White Cap sales increase 11 percent.

Makita Wins Sustainability Award
Call2Recycle Leader in Sustainability Award goes to top industry recyclers.

BeA USA Expands Brad, Pin and Tool Line
Now stocks 16-, 18- and 23-gauge fasteners and DA finish nails in North Carolina DC.

PrimeSource Acquires Progressive Steel and Wire
Acquires 100 percent ownership of Dallas-based fastener maker.

Kevin McElroy Named President and CEO of Nuheat
McElroy was Nuheat's's first salesperson.

IDEAL Appoints Ian Rittof Applications Engineer
Rittof joins Ideal from Pratt-Read.

FMI Issues Q2-2014 Outlook
Report sees e-commerce impacting brick and mortar construction.

Remke Adds Upper Midwest Rep Firm
Grissinger-Johnson Sales named new manufacturers reps.

SelecTech launches National Account Program for ESD products
Program will cater to chains, franchises and multi-location businesses.

Report: Caltrans Overrode Worries about Bay Bridge
Winning subcontractor had no bridge work experience.

CLC Runs Work to Fish Contest
Winner gets to "go fishin" with Bass Pro George Cochran.

Construction Adds Only 6,000 jobs in May
Uncertain future of federal highway funds threatens construction job recovery.

ISA begins search for EVP
Kansas City-based Tryon & Heideman will help identify candidates to replace John Buckley.

Cengage Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Guides Now in e-Books
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation manuals are on Apple, Kindle, Nook and Google devices.

Fastenal's May Sales Up 8.3 Percent
May sales climbed to $313.5 million, compared to $289.4 million in 2013.

Rockler Opens New Sandy Springs, GA Store
New 10K-sf store adds new lines and state-of-the-art demo/learning facilities.

Appleton Names Tim Graff VP, Engineering
Graff has been with Emerson since 1985.

Bueller? Bueller?
After five years on the market, the iconic Ferris Bueller house finally sells.

Little Giant Issues Ladder Safety Training Tools
Ladder safety tools support National Safety Month.

Simpson Strong-Tie Products Featured in Solar Decathlon Europe
Team builds multifamily building with Simpson Strong-Tie fasteners.

House to Use Post Office Cuts to Fund Highway Bill
Move could ensure continued funding for highway projects.

Kennedy Introduces New Brand Identity
New logo and slogan build on company's heritage of quality.

Convention Hotel Construction Picks Up
Five major convention center hotel project are expected to boost demand in their markets.

Robot Welders Work on Tappan Zee Bridge
Robotic welders are now union members and earn $46.82 an hour.

Romero Joins ITW Commercial Construction as Regional Sales Manager
New Southeast regional manager will be based in Miami.

U.S. Construction Spending inches up 1.5 Percent In April
Rate of $953.5 billion is the highest level since March 2009.

Ericson Manufacturing Appoints New President
Jeffrey D. Schad takes helm on June 1.

More than 1 Million Workers to “Stand-Down” for Fall Safety
National Safety Stand-Down week runs June 2 to 6.

DMT Receives Presidential Award for Exports
In addition to U.S. sales, DMT has grown exports 18 percent per year.

TECSYS Acquires Logi-D
Logi-D provides supply chain automation for the health care industry.

Viega LLC Announces 2013 Top Gun Award Winners
Viega “Ambassador of the Year” also honored.

Simpson Adds Cold-Formed Steel Structural Building Products to Software Database
On-Center Software-powered database helps drywall contractors bid on jobs.

Makita Launches Mobile App
Mobile App delivers interactive tools for dealers and end-users.

General Tools Is Acquired by High Road Capital Partners
General's leadership team will remain in place.

Capital Safety Donates Fall Protection Equipment to Minnesota Habitat for Humanity
Donation includes fall protection training.

Lowe's Q1 Sales Rise 2.4 Percent Year Over Year
Earnings rise 15.6 percent over same period last year. 

STAFDA to Present Economic Update Webinar
June 17 webinar with Alan Beaulieu is free for STAFDA members.

Construction Rental Houses Expect Strong Growth
GE Capital Equipment Finance survey predicts 12% growth this year.

Toro Reports Record Second Quarter Results
Pro sales climb 6.5 % in Q2; residential rises 4.5 %.

MAX USA Hires New Midwest Regional Sales Executive
Laurel Hutchinson is based in Illinois.

New Residential Sales Climb 6.4 Percent in April
Median sales price of a new house was $275,800.

Grace Joins HomeSphere
Grace joins preferred suppliers for construction B2B digital lead generation service.

Parex USA Hires New Sales Managers
Eric Hindson and Jimmy Trotter take key sales roles.

Fastenal Sales Up 10 Percent in April
Daily sales for the month averaged $14.3 million, compared to $13.0 million last year.

Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces Deck-Drive Fasteners
New line and nomenclature simplify fastener selection.

Mike Winter Named Chairman of NAED Manufacturers Council
Winter is NSM for Appleton's EasyHeat line. 

BlueLinx Announces $7.2 Million Property Sale
Sells vacated DC in Portland, Ore.

FMI Nonresidential Construction Index Advances 0.9 percent in Q2
Index continues recovery trend, inching from 64.9 to 65.8.

Q.E.P. Reports Record Sales for Fiscal 2014
Company reports $302.7 million in revenues for year ending Feb.28, 2014.

Paslode Celebrates 50 Years
Introduces commemorative nailer, end-user sweepstakes and dealer events.

Housing Starts Soar 13.2 percent in April
Building permits climb 8 percent over March.

BlueLinx Appoints Susan C. O'Farrell CFO
O'Farrell joins BlueLinx from The Home Depot.

Construction Jobs in April Hit Highest Mark Since June 2009
Unemployment falls to seven-year low of 9.4 percent.

Department of Defense Honors SC Fastening Systems
DOD lauds company's support for employees serving in the Ohio Guard and Reserve.

Ideal Appoints Jim Nelson Director of Industrial Sales
Nelson joins Ideal from Newell Rubbermaid.

TigerStop Sets 30,000-machine Landmark
Company will host open house July 31 and August 1.

Empire Level Takes Legal Action Against Counterfeiters
Eight Chinese companies served during National Hardware Show.

U.S. Construction Industry Safety Week, May 4-10
Industry leaders partner to raise construction safety awareness.

Pittsburgh Corning Appoints James R. Kane Chairman and CEO
Kane steps up as Phillip Martineau retires.

SPI Unveils New Retail Planograms
Screw Products, Inc. display units run from 4 to 12 feet wide.

AMSOIL Launches Upgraded Online Locator
Tool helps consumers find Amsoil dealers more easily.

Jack Jahntz, Former President of L.W. Meyer & Son, Dies
Was founding member of STAFDA and association's first president.

Malco's Don Schmidt Announces Retirement
Has been with Malco Products for 42 years.

Makita Catches Soccer Fever
Campaign offers National Team gear, tickets to Brazil and more.

Victor Technologies Launches Open Training Site
Provides full range of training resources with no log-in required.

Report: More than 63,000 U.S. Bridges are Structurally Compromised
Highway projects face reimbursement slowdowns if Highway Trust Fund is not reauthorized.

ISA to Welcome More Distributors to 2014 Convention
Event is set for May 17-20 in New Orleans.

AD Q1 Report Shows 4 Percent Affiliate Growth
Sales for AD Affiliates grew by 4% in Q1 2014 to $7.1 billion.

AEM Commends Transportation Bill Proposal
Says multi-year legislation needed.

ACPA Launches New Website
American Concrete Pavement Association unveils new industry portal.

PLS Founder Dies
William Halstead Hersey founded PLS Pacific Laser Systems.

Evergreen Fetes 2013 Distributors and Suppliers of the Year
Stanley Black & Decker, Reed and Certified Safety take top manufacturer honors. Launches Retail Site for Mobile Users
Uses IBM Smarter Commerce platform.

Construction Jobs Increase in 38 States Since March '13
Hard winter and weaker than expected home-builder hiring slow job growth.

David Weekley Homes Expands into Chicago Market
Names John Morgan division president for Chicago market office.

U.S. Leading Indicators Point to Improving Economy
Conference Board index sees strongest gain since November 2013.

$10B Houston Area Nuclear Plant Expansion Clears Hurdle
NRC had raised question of partial foreign ownership.

Radians Hires Bob Brohl as Central Region Sales Manager
Qualified Safety Sales Professional joins Radians from HexArmor.

CSDA Testifies on OSHA Silica Rule
Association and contractors urge OSHA to revamp proposed silica guidelines.

New Home Sales Slide 14.5 Percent in March
Winter hangover, higher home prices and interest rates weaken activity. 

DDI System Appoints Aung Latt VP of Corporate Strategy
ERP veteran has worked with Infor and Prophet 21.

Thomas & Betts Issues 2014 NEC Code Changes Reference Guide
Free guide covers T&B, ABB LP and ABB Power Products items.

Drillco Cutting Tools Adds New Director of Sales
Industry veteran Michael Howcroft joins Drillco management team.

Milwaukee Tool to Acquire Empire Level
Jenni Becker will serve as president of Empire, a business unit of Milwaukee Tool.