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Nation’s Best, Dallas, Tx., has added Sparr Building & Farm Supply in central Florida to its family of businesses.
“With two other Nation’s Best-owned stores already in Florida, the expanded presence that comes from Sparr Building & Farm Supply gives us a very strong foothold in the state,” said Chris Miller, president and CEO of Nation’s Best. “Their well-earned reputation as a one-stop shop for farm supplies, hardware, and lumber is something we can learn from and build on in our other locations. And their best-in-class operational excellence and inventory management processes will strengthen our entire organization. We are excited to bring over 150 new employees to the Nation’s Best family who share our aligned culture and core values.”
As Sparr’s owners Paul and Sam Howard were planning to retire, the brothers sought out a partner who would value and continue to hone the best practices that drove them to become the largest farm and horse fencing supplier in the state. “The Nation’s Best team has shown us they see the importance of honoring the Sparr brand and our commitment to the communities we serve,” they said. “Our family and our staff have committed their lives to delivering with excellence. We’re confident that our partnership with Nation’s Best will allow us to build on these accomplishments and grow the business even more in the region.”
“I’m proud that the Howard family has put their trust in us to build on the great traditions they’ve established. And we’re pleased to have the family’s involvement continue, with Sam’s son Chris overseeing the Sparr division within Nation’s Best, and Chris’ wife Kandis continuing to contribute to various functions within the company, including operations, human resources, and recruiting,” added Miller.
Sparr, with four locations northwest of Orlando, joins Hall’s Hardware & Lumber and Panhandle Lumber & Supply, both located in the Florida Panhandle, as Nation’s Best extends its presence in the southeastern US.
As part of Nation’s Best’s strategy, Sparr will maintain operations under its existing name with its key leadership team overseeing company operations alongside Nation’s Best, which will provide the strategic and financial support necessary to drive optimal growth and profitability.
As part of an aggressive growth strategy, Waters Hardware recently closed on the purchase of the seven-store Nuts & Bolts hardware store chain serving Missouri and Kansas.
The original seven-location Waters Hardware is itself an acquisition by the Gerken family, who founded Gerken Rent-All in 2002 and began their expansion into hardware and home improvement when they first purchased Paola Hardware in 2016. The addition of Nuts & Bolts brings their total number of home improvement stores to 20—11 of which house Gerken Rent-All service centers, as well as 13 stand-alone Gerken Rent-All locations and three lumberyards.
“Hardware is a natural extension of our original rental business,” said Owner Rusty Gerken. “These Nuts & Bolts locations are serving regions we’ve been looking to grow into because they complement our current offerings so well. Bringing them into our family of home improvement businesses just made sense, and we’ve already started introducing enhancements we know customers will appreciate.”
All seven Nuts & Bolts locations will remain open as they go through a complete remodel. Each store will be rebranded with the Waters Hardware name and will undergo a complete store reset, including refreshed interiors, layout updates, and product additions to ensure each community has access to an optimal assortment of merchandise. The Gerkens intend to retain all Nuts & Bolts associates, and Gerken Rent-All heavy duty equipment rental will be added to select locations.
Bliffert Lumber & Hardware recently partnered with Arch Solar to install a solar array at its Chambers Street branch in Milwaukee, Wi.
Solar energy production during March (the first full month) exceeded expectations with a calculated environmental benefit of 9,606.11lb CO2 emission saved or the equivalent 72.58 trees planted.
Arch Solar designed a custom solar solution for the Wisconsin climate for Bliffert’s Riverwest location. The solar array consists of 114 Bifacial LONGi solar panels, 57 SolarEdge P960 optimizers, and a 43kW SolarEdge inverter. The custom racking system, designed by TerraGen of Ontario, Canada, will optimize winter production with low sun angles and snow-covered panels. With an installation occurring in the month of January, this is truly a winter-ready system. The array (50.7kW-DC) will offset 54.67% of Bliffert’s electrical consumption with an estimated annual savings of $10,329 per 63,648 kWh produced by solar annually.
“Anyone in construction knows that reducing the environmental impact of the industry is a heavy burden to shoulder. Bliffert’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and set an example for the community has been a motivating journey,” noted Arch Solar’s Andrew Holmstrom. “For anyone looking to reduce their own environmental footprint, choosing Bliffert Lumber is your go to hardware store or lumberyard.”
Added Bliffert’s Kevin Fogel: “Bliffert has always been deeply committed to our local community’s quality of life, and we are excited to invest in a solar solution that benefits the health of our environment and our community. We are proud to invest in solar, a solution that is innovative and forward-looking in addition to saving costs, and hope we can inspire others in the industry and the community to follow our lead.
Hardwoods Specialty Products has unveiled a new logo/brand identity as well as an innovative new website. The contemporized branding pays homage to the company’s 90-year heritage, while lighting a path for the next phase of its growth as one of the largest suppliers of architectural and decorative materials in North America.
The refreshed color scheme of Hardwoods Specialty Products’ abbreviated new logo is supported by the tagline, “Materials That Inspire.”
The new website at www.hardwoods-inc.com employs engaging and dynamic elements to enhance the visitor’s ability to quickly find what they are looking for among the thousands of SKUs of products categorized on the site. The extensive collection of products includes hardwood plywood, prefinished decorative architectural panels, high-gloss, matte and synthetic panels, decorative veneers, solid surfaces, TFL, HPL, and as always top-quality hardwood lumber.
Key features of the new site include:
- Multilingual. In addition to English, visitors can select French, Spanish, Italian, Punjabi or Hindi to browse the site.
- Dynamic graphics. The revolving slideshow on the home page incorporates eye-catching video snippets that help tell Hardwoods’ story and highlight the hardwood lumber, panel and other architectural products that the company offers.
- Enhanced products finder. Visitors can browse products under key categories like TFL, particleboard or hardwood plywood. In addition, individual microsites allow visitors to browse all of the products that Hardwoods offers from a specific supplier.
- Individualized branch location finder. The microsite approach also applies to highlighting each of Hardwoods’ 32 branch locations, allowing customers to access information specific to their Hardwoods’ distribution center. A number of locations offer a video tour inside of the warehouse showcasing the extensive and diverse inventory that is on hand for customers.
- A&D Resources: Links to the DesignOneSource website provide support to Hardwoods’ architectural and design clients across North America.
“The launch of Hardwoods’ new brand identity marks a new era for the company and also a reminder of how far the company has evolved from its original roots,” said marketing director Gord Clough. “The new logo is for us a symbol of a culmination of many industry-leading advancements that we have made in redefining our role as a valued supplier to customers and an excellent partner to our suppliers.”
Expenditures for improvements and repairs to the owner-occupied housing stock are expected to grow throughout 2022 and into early next year, but at a decelerating pace, according to the most recent Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
The LIRA projects year-over-year increases in residential renovation and maintenance spending will peak at 19.7% in the third quarter of this year before sliding downward to 15.1% in the first quarter of 2023.
“Massive increases in house price appreciation and the resulting levels of tappable home equity will continue to support remodeling activity this year and into next,” said Carlos Martín, project director of the Remodeling Futures Program. “Many other market indicators including existing home sales, renovation permitting, and retail sales of building materials also continue to grow at high, albeit slowing, rates.”
“The level of annual expenditures for home improvements and repairs is set to expand to nearly $450 billion by the first quarter of 2023,” added Abbe Will, associate project director of the Remodeling Futures Program. “Yet, the rising costs of project financing, construction materials, and labor, as well as growing concerns about a broader economic slowdown or recession may further slow remodeling growth.”
Year-over-year spending growth held steady at 1-3% from 2019-Q4 to 2020-Q4 followed by a gradual acceleration to 11.5% in 2022-Q1; growth is projected to accelerate faster to a peak of 19.7% through 2022-Q3 before softening to 15.1% in 2023-Q1. Annual spending levels are expected to increase from $391 billion through 2022-Q1 to $449 billion through 2023-Q1.
Metrie, North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of millwork solutions, has completed its acquisition of EL & EL Wood Products Corp., Chino, Ca.
“We want our existing customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders in the Southwest to know that this transaction will not change our customer excellence mindset,” said Metrie president and CEO Kent Bowie. “To showcase that continuity of service, for the foreseeable future the Southwest business will carry both the Metrie and EL & EL names.”
The Metrie EL & EL business in the Southwest will continue to be managed by Lincoln Orellana, regional director, California, who has been with EL & EL for nine years.
“We now have a strong presence in every strategic market in Canada and the US; and we are still growing. For family-owned businesses seeking financial and ownership optionality in a consolidating market, like EL & EL Wood Products, Metrie can be a friendly partner of choice,” concluded Bowie.
Ninety-six years after first arriving in town, Tum-A-Lum Lumber held a grand opening celebration April 2 to show off its completely remodeled yard in Pendleton, Or.
The new location features a full-line hardware store with a Design Center for cabinets, countertops, doors and windows, as well as a lawn and garden care center with full nursery outside. The old store was 2,000 sq. ft.; the new one has 11,300 sq. ft. on a four-acre lot with 3.5 acres for the paved lumberyard.
Tum-A-Lum is a division of TAL Holdings, Vancouver, Wa.
ResourceWise, newly formed parent company of Forest2Market, Charlotte, N.C., has acquired Wood Resources International (WRI). WRI publishes Wood Resource Quarterly, a market report that tracks log, wood chip, lumber, and pellet prices on a global basis.
The company will now be known as Wood Resources International, a ResourceWise company. WRI president Håkan Ekström will join the ResourceWise team.
ResourceWise is a group of companies that provide data, analytics and market insight to natural resource-based commodity markets. Currently serving the global forest products and chemical value chains, its mission is to expand into other commodity markets as well.
The addition of WRI supports its”long-term objective to be the leading source of data and analytics platforms to a range of global commodity markets,” said Pete Stewart, CEO of ResourceWise. “With the acquisition of WRI, ResourceWise gains not only Ekström’s more than 30 years of global forest products industry experience, but also wood fiber price data for more than 20 countries over the course of 25+ years. This data will augment the data that Forest2Market has collected in North America for 22 years, and Ekström’s expertise will allow us to more robustly cover the analytics and consulting needs of our customers worldwide.”
After another successful spring market, Do it Best is moving forward with a redesigned approach for its 2023 spring market that brings together the best of the online and in-person market experiences in a new way.
“Over the last two years, we’ve had a lot of opportunities to talk with our members and vendors about what they value most in a market experience,” shared Do it Best president and CEO Dan Starr. “What’s come through loud and clear is how important it is for people to come together. We’ve always offered that at our markets—and will continue to do so. But, just as we encourage our members to regularly refresh their stores to excite their customers, we’ve reimagined a spring market that delivers something different and valuable for our members and vendors. I’m pleased to share that starting next year, Do it Best will move its spring market out of its traditional home in Indianapolis and take it on the road to various locations around the country, starting with Orlando, Fl., from March 11-13, 2023.”
The re-envisioned spring market will be built to facilitate product purchasing and member networking and engagement. “The virtual element of the market will continue to offer the full range of vendors’ products and market specials our member-owners have come to count on,”noted VP of marketing Rich Lynch. “The in-person portion will feature the great market deals, supported by vendors who are ready to show and talk about what’s new. Attractions like the New Item Gallery and the Launch Zone will feature even more new products to create excitement in-store and online. In addition, our members will have a number of opportunities to take part in great sessions to add fuel to their selling engines. Planned networking and social events will help everyone leave recharged for the busy spring season.”
While this will be a notable change for spring markets, Do it Best will continue to host its fall market in Indianapolis, including the annual Shareholders’ Meeting, President’s Address, and rebate distribution.
M-D Building Products, Oklahoma City, Ok., has formed four brand portfolio strategic business units to “create efficiencies to strengthen the customer experience.” Operations include residential and commercial weatherization, flooring, caulking, and specialty extrusion products.
The four new business units include M-D Consumer; M-D Manufactured Solutions and Cardinal Aluminum; M-D Pro and Canadian Consumer; and Tower Sealants. M-D will continue to operate Morse Industries in Seattle, Wa., and Cardinal Architectural, Louisville, Ky., as independent operational groups.
“As the market continues to evolve, we are creating simplicity and greater efficiencies for our customers and partners with a focus on improving consumer experience on a channel-by-channel basis,” said M-D Building Products president Ryan Plotkin. “The new organizational structure will also allow us continued scale and growth at the same aggressive pace that we have experienced over the last decade. We will better serve our valued customers across the globe through supply chain management, leveraging our vast domestic manufacturing and sourcing capabilities, as well as cross-functional marketing and sales competencies. Ultimately, we believe the new strategic organizational structure will ensure we retain manufacturing jobs in North America and push new standards of innovation.”
Each unit will be overseen by a division president—Kipp Collins, M-D Consumer; Mike Wasson, M-D Manufactured Solutions and Cardinal Aluminum; and Joe Comitale, M-D Pro and Canadian Consumer. Tower Sealants, Morse Industries and Cardinal Architect’s leadership structure will remain in its current state. Jared Bringhurst will lead M-D’s Shared Manufacturing Services function as senior vice president. This group will service all SBU’s with manufacturing resources as well as engineering, maintenance, raw material purchases, and quality.
The M-D Building Products brand portfolio includes SmartTool, Morse Industries, M-D Pro, M-D Canada, Tower Sealants, Cardinal Aluminum, MetalSource, and M-D Plastics.
Family-owned Taylor’s Do it Center celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Gloucester Point, Va.—its 12th location in Hampton Roads.
The celebration began with comments from Taylor’s president and CEO Joe Taylor and community leaders. Immediately after, Retail Alliance presented their Lifetime Achievement Award to the Taylor family and conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a traditional board cutting.
The celebration included a live remote broadcast with a local radio station; demos from Big Green Egg, Traeger, and STIHL; representatives from Weber, Milwaukee Tools, Scotts Lawn Care and Titan RX; and deals and giveaways throughout the day.
The new location will be managed by Cheryl Case, who has been with Taylor’s for more than five years and previously served as assistant manager in Poquoson, Va.
Metrie, North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of MDF millwork solutions, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Chino, Ca.-based EL & EL Wood Products Corp., the premier two-step distributor of moulding, millwork, and door products across the Southwest US.
“Metrie is growing,” noted Kent Bowie, president and CEO. “As a company we are committed to bringing the best experience in the industry to our valued partners. However, until today’s announcement, we had a relatively small distribution footprint in California, the fifth largest economy in the world. This acquisition strengthens our efforts to provide the Millwork industry with innovative solutions and will solidify our leadership position for customers across all North American markets. Importantly, Metrie and EL & EL share similar values and approaches to our service offering. We are both family-owned and have been nurturing our customer partnerships for generations with a long-term view to success. Excellence is at the heart of both companies’ brands, and we will continue to cultivate that service excellence, alongside the California team.
“This transaction is the perfect one for the EL & EL team,” said EL & EL president and chairwoman Cathy Wong. “We have been family-owned for more than 50 years, and we want to ensure the excellence of operations and customer service, for which EL & EL is rightly proud, continues long into the future. It is time for me to pass the baton forward. We know that Metrie will take great care of that service promise and continue to grow the business and the relationships with our customers across the Southwest.”
Based in Vancouver, B.C., Metrie operates six solid wood and MDF manufacturing facilities, plus 24 distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada.
Viance, a leading innovator in the wood preservation industry, announces Brooks Manufacturing has begun production of crossarms with UltraArm NXT at their manufacturing facility in Bellingham, Wa.
Serving utilities across the country, Douglas fir crossarms will now be treated with the environmentally advanced UltraArm NXT with DCOI. DCOI is the active ingredient, whose properties are also used in Ecolife residential decking, marine antifouling paint, shower curtains and many other consumer products.
Brooks has built their reputation for manufacturing quality crossarms, earned through years of active involvement working with utilities and industry associations to develop standards which meet the critical demands of the electric utility industry. Brooks’ crossarm products and transmission framing components are available in a wide variety of sizes and applications.
Shannon Terrell, Brooks President and CEO, said, “UltraArm NXT offers an environmentally advanced preservative that aligns with our mission to provide the highest quality crossarms in the industry. Brooks’ wood products originate from sustainable forests that are managed to meet the social, economic, and ecological needs of present and future generations.”
Bob Baeppler, Viance Business Development Manager-Infrastructure, said, “UltraArm NXT treated with DCOI is an environmentally advanced preservation system that offers an alternative to penta and other preservative systems currently in use. UltraArm NXT uses less energy, fossil fuels and water to produce, with lower eco-toxicity than other materials used for poles.”
TAL Holdings, Vancouver, Wa., has agreed to acquire five-unit Idaho dealer Orofino Builders Supply, including five locations in Grangeville, Kamiah, Lewiston and Orofino, Id.
“I am thrilled to welcome Orofino to the TAL family of brands,” said Jason Blair, CEO of TAL Holdings. “Orofino’s values, culture and emphasis on community are a great fit with TAL. We could not be happier to join forces with such a well-established company and expand our presence in the Idaho market.”
Last year TAL entered Idaho, as well as Montana, when it bought four Badger Building Centers.
“Finding the right partner was very important to us,” said fourth-generation owner Will Crockett. “TAL understands the importance of upholding our legacy while at the same time investing in continued growth. We are excited to benefit from the resources and scale of a larger organization.”
The chain was founded in 1928 by his great-grandfather, Oren Crockett.
The yards are expected to open as part of the TAL family on April 11. Orofino’s individual locations currently operate under several names. In the coming months, all five will transition to the “Best Built Builders Supply” banner.
“The change, which was initiated by Will and his team before acquisition discussions began, will unify the brand and create consistency for employees and customers,” Blair said. “We will continue to use the Windows, Doors & Store branding for design centers as a sub-brand of Best Built Builders Supply.”
TAL currently operates 19 locations including Badger Building Center, Bayview Building Supply of Elma, Browne’s Home Center, Gerretsen Building Supply, Lake Chelan Building Supply, Marson & Marson Lumber, Midway Building Supply, Mount Vernon Building Center, and Tum-A-Lum Lumber.
This August, Britton Lumber Co. will begin expanding its eastern white pine sawmill in Bath, N.H.
The 30,000-sq. ft. facility produces approximately 9 million bd. ft. annually. The planned addition will see a new, 6,500-sq. ft. structure built onto the existing sawmill, which will include a new optimized linear edger, unscrambler, and new belt conveyors and transfer decks.
The new edger and equipment from McDonough Manufacturing will replace a 35-year-old manual edger, which is a significant bottleneck and the most labor-intensive position in the sawmill. While no jobs are being created or eliminated, a key component to the mill upgrade is to improve workflow and create safer and more desirable jobs.
Britton expects an increase in production of about 5% and that the project to be completed and operational by the end of 2022.
Modern Mill’s new ACRE rice hull composite decking encapsulates the luxe look and feel of real wood without compromising on durability or felling a single tree.
It contains no wood or wood fiber; instead, it’s manufactured from upcycled rice hulls, providing warmth, an organic feel underfoot, and natural resistance to water, weather, rot and pests.
ACRE reportedly will not rot, crack or splinter, is easy to machine or thermoform, and is ideal for a wide range of exterior applications.
Decking is available in 5/4×6 square-edge or grooved boards, embossed or sanded smooth, in 8 to 20 ft. lengths. ACRE also comes as sheets, trim boards, siding and millwork.
GAF enhanced its Timberline HDZ shingles with the addition of proprietary time-release algae-fighting technology to offer even greater protection for the roof. The only time-release product of its kind is now standard on many of the shingles offered in GAF’s residential product line, including ridge cap and visible starter strip shingles.
The technology consists of specially-engineered capsules that release copper steadily over time. Capsules are infused with thousands of copper microsites for long-lasting algae-fighting power. The algae resistance is so powerful, GAF offers a 25-year limited warranty against blue-green algae discoloration.
Simpson Strong-Tie’s Quik Stik roof and truss fastening system is designed specifically for use with the Strong-Drive SDWC Truss screw in rafter and truss connections.
The installation tool has a 43” reach and can eliminate the need for ladders, heavy pneumatic power nailers, and compressor lines.
Westlake Royal Building Products’ new SwiftGuard synthetic roofing underlayment is easily installed for steel, tile, shingle and shake roofing.
Ideal for use in steep slope installations, the underlayment benefits from an innovative nail gasketing technology, which helps ensure roofing systems better withstand the elements in all climates and seasons.
It has a high-grip backing and a non-woven thermally-embossed fiber face for increased deck grab and superior walkability. The 10-square (1,000-ft.) rolls weigh just 35.5 lbs. each.
Bosch Power Tools has three new ProFactor cordless miter saws, providing users with tool options at varying price points to align their budget needs.
At their core are features that increase accuracy, precision and provide a large cut capacity to easily create custom pieces. Biturbo Brushless Technology allows for fast, smooth cutting demonstrating similar power to a corded saw.
The saw’s precisely centered sliding bars create a smooth, easy saw sliding motion while in use. All three models come with an 8.0Ah battery kit and a limited lifetime warranty.
Ryobi’s new 12V Rotary Tool Kit has a range of 5,000 to 35,000 Rated RPM, providing the power to cut, grind and sand most materials with ease.
Its variable speed dial helps find the perfect speed for each application. The tool also features the new innovative Quick-Change Collet that allows for four times faster accessory changes.
The kit comes with 35 accessories and three attachments for such applications as grinding, drilling and cutting.
Masonite M-Pwr Smart Doors, the first residential exterior doors to integrate power, lights, a video doorbell, and a smart lock into the door system, have been introduced by Masonite International.
The doors employ patent-pending, UL-certified technology to connect residential exterior doors to a home’s electrical system and wireless internet network. To ensure that the doors are “always on” in the event of a power outage, an emergency backup battery can sustain system power up to 24 hours when fully charged. A smartphone app enables homeowners to remotely program and control motion-activated LED welcome lighting and confirm whether the door is open or closed at any time.
Atlas Roofing is rolling out three new ventilation solutions to improve home energy efficiency, optimize roof performance, and reduce excessive attic heat and moisture.
TruRidge PRO 25 Rolled Exhaust Ventilation provides the rigidity of a sectional ridge vent with the flexibility of a lightweight roll for easy installation. The rolled vent lays flat to create a smooth roof ridge.
All-aluminum HighPoint AL 50 Slant Back Roof-Mounted Vents extend roof and shingle life with a one-piece base and throat that is durable and weathertight, with fixed louvers and an 8” throat with a 50-sq. in. NFA to maximize airflow.
HighPoint GL 50 Slant Back Roof-Mounted Vent is constructed from heavy-duty galvanized steel with a one-piece base/throat design and fixed louvers.
The new Crescent Vortex Bit Holder extends the life of any 1/4” hex shank bit by 500 times when using an impact driver.
The bit’s exclusive Dual Impact Zone absorbs the shock of repeated, heavy usage in impact applications while still delivering maximum torque from the impact driver—making it ideal for jobs like decking, fencing, subflooring, metal framing, and metal roofing.
The holder is available as a single item and is included in eight Vortex Bit sets ranging up to 55 pieces.
CertainTeed’s new InsulPure Building Insulation offers less dust and an easier installation. The formaldehyde-free fiberglass batt and roll insulation lets contractors optimize time on the jobsite while delivering exceptional energy efficiency and thermal performance.
Made with an acrylic-based binder, the product features a distinctive white tone, is lightweight and easier to handle, cuts and installs quickly, and offers better recovery and rigidity than other types of insulation.
It is engineered for use in residential and commercial structures and can be specified for thermal and acoustic insulation in ceilings, walls, basements, attics and floors, in a range of R-values.
ProWood FR achieved UL Listing on a fire-retardant, pressure-treated wall assembly (UL 263 Listed), allowing it to be quickly spec’ed and approved by builders, architects, specifiers and code officials.
Available exclusively through ProWood, the code-compliant, ProWood FR UL V343 2-Hour Wall Assembly bears a Class A Flame Spread Index of 25 or less, the best possible rating awarded to fire-retardant building products.
Among numerous product additions, Deckorators’ Voyage composite decking is now available in Sedona, a warm brown earthtone inspired by the desert landscape and redrock buttes of the western U.S.
Voyage 11-1/4” Step Treads now come in Tundra and Khaya, 3-1/2” Picture Frame Board in Dark Slate, Low Voltage Recessed Lighting in black or white trim, and ADA-compliant Aluminum Secondary Handrail in Bronze.
The Trex Universal Fastener Installation Tool is an innovative handheld tool proven to reduce installation time for composite decking by up to 50%.
Utilizing a nose cone to ensure the bit hits the fastener head, along with a unique drive angle, this tool allows the installer to fully actuate and tighten the fastener in one easy step and easily slide the next board into place. It also features a user-friendly rotatable handle and integrated bit holder.
Duramark’s ChalkShot from U.S. Tape provides a unique, high-visibility, nonpermanent marking solution when working on greasy, dirty, rust-covered and other hard-to-mark surfaces.
The dispenser shoots chalk with high-visibility green nonpermanent pigment to mark on drywall, concrete, metal and dirty surfaces. The marking dye is environmentally friendly and can wipe off easily if a mark needs to be moved, yet it is also long lasting.
By reaching where pencils can’t reach, it can mark up to a 2” thick template and can be used at every angle. One unit can mark over 250 locations.
Tough-Terrain Combi Goes Electric
Combilift’s new multidirectional Combi-XLE electric forklift offers up to 10,000-lb. lift capacity, while combining emission-free operation with powerful performance.
The original engine-powered XL C-Series model was developed for tough working environments. The new version retains such key design features as high ground clearance, large cushioned front and rear tires, and a spacious cab, for smooth, comfortable operation on semi-rough terrain.
Other features include all-wheel traction that reduces tire wear, load swing, and enhances braking, and Eco-Steer System for a smaller turning radius and improved user experience.