Hitting the Road

G’day, mates. That is pretty much the extent of the Australian dialect that I could comfortably pull off after spending a couple of weeks touring Down Under and then attending the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of Australia and New Zealand’s 73rd annual conference located in Perth, Australia. The Aussies and Kiwis certainly […]

Immigration Concerns Go Deep

Can the workforce shortage be solved by making it easier for immigrants to enter the country? And for the ones who are already here, can we find a way to keep them here (providing they are of the good, hard-working variety). Some AWCI members say it can be done, or at a minimum, it […]

Werner Introduces New Selling Platform to Improve Digital and Point-of-Purchase Decision Making

Werner, a manufacturer of a complete line of climbing products and fall protection equipment headquartered in Greenville, Pa., introduces a new shopping experience designed to help both consumers and professionals easily find the equipment they need for their projects and jobs. Beginning last month, a performance-based rating system, alongside a newly designed website and […]

Ironclad Wins OSHA 2018 Product of the Year Award

Ironclad Performance Wear, A Brighton-Best International Company located in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., has received and Occupational Health & Safety 2018 New Products of the Year award in the Hand Protection category for its Limitless Leather™ 360º Cut Impact Driver Glove.      This year’s contest attracted entries in 26 award categories, with an […]

Brighton-Best International Proferred Brand Wins Two Pro Tool Innovation Awards

Judging for the 2018 Pro Tool Innovation Awards ended at the end of September, and Brighton-Best International received two PTIA awards for products from the new Proferred line: the Proferred Drywallerz™ and the Proferred 8" Ratcheting Adjustable Wrench.      A panel of judges made up of tool and media professionals from across the […]

Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. Acquires Ready Products and Radius Tools from Radius Track Corporation

Simpson Strong-Tie, a Pleasanton, Calif., manufacturer of engineered structural connectors and building solutions and a subsidiary of Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc., has acquired the Ready Products (Ready-Hat®, Ready-Track®, Ready-Arch® and Ready-Angle®) and Radius Tools (Radius Track Bender® and Radius Trim Bender™) from Radius Track Corporation headquartered in Minneapolis.      The strategic acquisition is […]

Cold-Formed Steel Framing Volume Declines by 9 Percent Sequentially in Third Quarter

Following a sequential 7 percent increase in the volume of steel used to manufacture cold-formed steel framing products in the second quarter of 2018, the third quarter survey of manufacturers finds that volume decreased 9 percent from the second quarter. According to the latest Nonresidential Market Volume Report released by the Steel Framing Industry […]

New Home Sales Fall 5.5 Percent in September as Affordability Issues Continue

Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 553,000 units after downwardly revised August, July and June reports, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the lowest sales pace since December 2016; however, on a year-to-date […]

September Construction Starts Settle Back 5 Percent

New construction starts in September fell 5 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $709.6 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The September downturn followed 9 percent declines in both July and August, as the pace of construction starts has now pulled back for the third month in […]