Convention Down Under

Steve Etkin, the executive vice president and CEO of the AWCI headquartered in Virginia, and I recently attended the 71st convention of the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of Australia and New Zealand in Darwin, Australia, and it was a fantastic and insightful visit. It was my first trip to that part of the […]

Better Times Ahead?

Well, folks, we made it through another year. Congratulate yourself! You (and your company) made it! President-elect Trump will take his oath of office next month, and the Great Recession is now just a little blip in the rearview mirror.      But we still face challenges: labor and land shortages, standards for […]

Telling Industries Launches New Website

Telling Industries has launched its new website, The new site has been designed to provide a user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access detailed product information, ask questions and easily access key links.      Created with the user experience in mind, the new Telling website has been designed […]

On Center Software Names New Vice President of Sales

On Center Software has hired Jerry Morgan as the new vice president of sales. Morgan’s 20-plus years of sales, marketing and client engagement experience at BMC Software and Idera includes team building, people development and engineering easy-to-use, intuitive software. In addition to sales management, Morgan is on the company’s executive “vision team,” a think tank […]

USG Corporation Announces Leadership Transition

USG Corporation has announced that James S. Metcalf retired as chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, effective Oct. 31, 2016. Metcalf has served as president and CEO since January 2011 and as chairman since December 2011.      Jennifer F. Scanlon, executive vice president, president, International and president, L&W Supply Corporation, succeeds […]

New AIA Accredited Moisture Management Class Available

Fortifiber, a manufacturer of products that prevent moisture intrusion, has developed a new class that has been approved for AIA Continuing Education Units. The course, “Manage the Moisture: Solutions for Exterior Walls,” is now available through AEC Daily.      The new course reviews basic principles about how moisture and moisture vapor behave and also […]

Call for Entries: Trim-Tex Drywall Artist of the Year

The Trim-Tex Drywall Artist of the Year contest highlights exceptional drywall artists and increases recognition of the trade. The annual contest challenges participants to enter their most creative drywall masterpieces. Any drywall projects using Trim-Tex bead are eligible for submission.      Since Trim-Tex launched the contest in 2006, recognition of the talent within the […]

AD Member Sales Up 6.3 percent to $26.1 Billion through First Three Quarters of 2016

AD, the $32 billion contractor and industrial products wholesale buying/marketing group, reported sales for all AD members, across all seven divisions and three countries, grew by 6.3 percent in the second quarter of 2016 (year-to-date) to $26.1 billion. This growth includes ongoing members, new members and losses due to consolidation. On a same store basis, […]

ISA Manufacturer Index and ISA Distributor Index Move in Opposite Directions in September

The October ISA Economic Indicator Report from the Industrial Supply Association showed that the Manufacturer Index and the Distributor Index moved in opposite directions in September. The ISA Manufacturer Index increased to 64.9 in September from 60.1 in August. Meanwhile, the ISA Distributor Index decreased to 57.1 in September from 66.3 in August.      […]