Makita expands 18V lithium-ion lineup
La Mirada, Calif.-based Makita offered a preview of new products in its production pipeline, including circular saws, brushless driver-drills and compact band saws.
The company’s preview, announced today, includes:
•18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) 7-1/4" Circular Saw (XSH01Z tool only). With a 7-1/4" blade, the XSH01Z is designed for framers, roofers, remodelers, masons and more. (Coming winter 2014.)
• 18V LXT BL Brushless Lithium-Ion ½" Hammer Driver-Drill (XPH07) and XPH07Z (tool only). Positioned at the top of Makita’s deep line-up of driver-drills, the XPH07 is a workhorse tool for the most demanding drilling and driving applications. (Coming summer 2014.)
• 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Portable Band Saw Kit (XBP01) and XPB01Z (tool only). Offers faster cutting speed and 2-1/2" capacity in a more compact size, with the fastest charge time. (Coming spring 2014.)
• 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Recipro Saw Kit (XRJ01) and XRJ01 Z (tool only). Provides the convenience of "tool-less" blade changes and a fast charge time. (Coming spring 2014.)
• 18V LXT Lithium-Ion BL Brushless 1/2" Hammer Driver-Drill (XPH06) and XPH06Z (tool only). Includes Extreme Protection Technology (XPT) for increased resistance to dust and moisture that are found on all jobsites. (Coming in winter 2014.) Available now in a combo kit (18V LXT Lithium-Ion Brushless 2-Pc Combo Kit, XT248, which includes XPH06Z and XDT08Z Impact Driver).
• 18V LXT Lithium-Ion 4.0 Ah Battery (BL1840). The Makita 4.0 Ah battery provides contractors with longer run time and delivers a category-leading charge time, the company claims. (Coming summer 2014.)
Sioux Chief hires two new national sales directors
Sioux Chief, a rough plumbing manufacturer based in Kansas City, has named Michael Foster and Mike Stallings as its two new national sales directors.
In their new roles, Foster and Stallings (who were both most recently serving as regional sales managers) will handle the company’s National Accounts, Buying Groups and Industry Associations.
Stallings has 30 years of industry experience under his belt, 12 of which he spent with Sioux Chief.
Foster has been with the company since 1989 following his service in the United States Army. He has held various roles in product development ever since.
Filling one of the vacant regional sales manager positions will be Kirk Livernash, who will oversee accounts in the West Coast region. Livernash joined the company in 2007 and was most recently serving as factory representative in Nevada and Southern California.
BMC grows in northern California
Boise, Idaho-based BMC, the building materials and construction services provider and 2012 HCN Pro Dealer of the Year, completed the acquisition of Sacramento-based Western Building Specialties.
The move will expand BMC’s millwork offerings in Northern California and strengthen the company’s business in the Central Valley of California, a market described as a key U.S. market for homebuilders.
Western Building Specialties assets include Western Building Specialties (WBS) and Western Bath and Shower (WBSI). The Nov. 11 acquisition will enable expansion of its millwork offerings, said BMC CEO Peter Alexander.
“WBS has built over a 60-year period a reputation for providing quality products and reliable services,” Alexander said. “We are very excited about serving customers through the combined strength of WBS and BMC at our facilities located in Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto.”