Another strong month for NAICS 444
Sales at retailers classified as building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers improved almost 10% year-over-year in the latest sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The December Advance Monthly Sales report showed the NAICS 444 group of retailers up 9.9%, compared to the prior year. The only sector higher among 13 tracked was Nonstore retailers, up 12.7% on the year. Furniture and home furnishing stores were also up 9.9% on the year.
The 444 classification includes lumberyards, home centers and hardware stores.
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Looking at the bigger picture of retail, the advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for December 2017, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $495.4 billion, an increase of 0.4% from the previous month, and 5.4 percent above December 2016.
Retail trade sales were up 0.3% from November 2017, and were up 5.6% from last year.
Meet the Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud
Milwaukee Tool has introduced the first OSHA compliance solution that doesn’t require the use of a vacuum – the Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud.
According to Milwaukee, based in Brookfield, Wis., the product is Ideal for overhead drilling applications, and with a universal fit to work with all SDS Plus rotary hammers, the DUST TRAP is an OSHA objective data compliance solution that doesn’t require the use of a vacuum. The accessory is also OSHA Table 1 compliant when used in conjunction with a proper dust extractor.
“As employers continue to equip themselves with the accessories needed to be compliant, it can be difficult to quickly and efficiently ensure full compliance amid the high costs of many solutions and the limited availability of cordless options that offer a universal fit,” said Iris Horn, product manager for Milwaukee Tool. “The Milwaukee SDS Plus DUST TRAP Drilling Shroud is the answer to these frustrations. A cost-effective and completely universal accessory, the DUST TRAP offers an efficient and flexible way for users to adjust to the daily demands of the jobsite while remaining compliant.”
The DUST TRAP is built with a clear sleeve, which provides visibility when lining up the hole and during the drilling application. Once attached to the front of the rotary hammer, it keeps dust contained throughout the duration of the drilling process. Afterwards the sleeve can be emptied, and the entire unit easily collapses and locks for storage. The compact, collapsible design is ideal for hard-to-reach places, providing superior productivity to the user.
The universal fit of the DUST TRAP allows it to work with all SDS Plus rotary hammer brands and styles and all SDS Plus drill bits up to 8” in length, including stop bits and other anchor installation tools.
CPG International is now The AZEK Company
CPG International LLC, has rebranded itself as The AZEK Company.
The Skokie, Ill.-based company said the move “reflects its growing share of the expanding residential and commercial building products market.”
The rebranding is part of the organization’s strategy to disrupt the nearly $2 billion wood deck and railing industry by concentrating on its leading, premium offerings and diversifying its portfolio through strategic acquisitions of other offerings in adjacent categories, The AZEK Company said in a press release.
“As The AZEK Company, we are committed to engineering and manufacturing beautiful, high-quality and low-maintenance building products to improve the spaces where our customers live, work and play,” said Jesse Singh, CEO of The AZEK Company.
“We will continue to expand our pipeline this year and grow our market share by engineering more premium building products and acquiring new offerings that envelop the house.”
Regarding the future of the company, AZEK said it is growing across Illinois and within its manufacturing facilities in Scranton, Pa. and Wilmington, Ohio. It is also expanding its footprint with regional sales associates across the United States and Canada.
The building products manufacturer also said strategy for growth is a strong focus on reusing recycled plastics and turning them into superior residential and commercial building products that outlast wood and other raw materials. According to AZEK, the company’s three divisions – AZEK Building Products, Scranton Products and Vycom – all convert recyclables into a diversified suite of products. Over the past five years, AZEK said it has saved more than 900,000 trees.