New hire at National Gypsum
Charlotte, N.C.-based National Gypsum named Rod Lopez as the new market development representative for the PermaBase brand cement board product line in the company’s Midwest and Central areas.
“Rod brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the PermaBase brand team,” said Eddie Neel, National Gypsum’s marketing manager for PermaBase. “He has worked as a union carpenter, superintendent and lead estimator for the Pinto Construction Group. Rod’s diverse background will enhance our presence and add value to our customers in the Midwest and central areas of the country.”
Lopez will be based out of Chicago, where he has been in the construction business for more than 18 years. He has worked for NextGen Building Supply as a sales representative for the past eight years.
Larson rolls out high-intensity LED light
Larson Electronics released a 150 watt LED light head mounted to an aluminum quadpod with a 50’ retractable cord reel. This quadpod mounted unit can be used with 12 or 24 volts DC and is ideal for use as work area illumination, event lighting, emergency operations lighting, or equipment lighting.
“Though we offer this specific configuration in a flood light version for work area illumination, a spot light version is offered as well,” said Rob Bresnahan with Larsonelectronics.com. “The spot light configuration produces a beam that is 1200’ long by 140’ wide for illumination at a distance.”
This portable LED light is comprised of an adjustable LED light head mounted on a four leg quadpod fabricated from non-sparking powder coated aluminum. This adjustable and collapsible quadpod can be extended to twelve feet and collapsed to seven feet. The LED light fixture assembly can be removed by releasing the hand knob and sliding the light and mounting bracket off of the center support while the legs can be collapsed, aiding in deployment, storage, and transport. The lamp can also be adjusted vertically and locked into position.
Starts down slightly, permits rebound
At 0.2% below the upwardly revised January estimate of 909,000, housing starts came in at a relatively weak pace in February, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. However, building permits were 7.7% above last month’s rate.
February’s housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 907,000, that’s 6.4% below February 2013’s rate of 969,000.
Single-family starts came in at 583,000, which marked a 0.3% improvement over the revised January figure of 581,000.
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,018,000, 6.9% above February 2013. However, single-family permits came in at 588,000, which is 1.8% below January’s revised figure of 599,000.
The results for February are a slight improvement over a frigid reading in January, which many chalked up to extreme winter weather conditions around the country.