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Simpson Strong-Tie, Build Change renew engineering fellowship

The fellowship is open to licensed civil and structural engineers with a minimum of 8 years of professional experience in structural engineering

BY HBSDealer Staff

Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie have renewed the Simpson Strong-Tie Fellowship for Engineering Excellence program.

This is the second year of the fellowship, allowing innovative engineers the opportunity to provide contributions to Build Change programs as well as support other engineers’ professional development in developing nations around the world.

“We are very pleased to renew the Fellowship for Engineering Excellence with Build Change. With the positive impact to developing areas in Indonesia, Colombia and the Philippines where our first fellow worked, we’re looking forward to the Fellowship contributing even more to safer and stronger design and construction methods,” said Simpson Strong-Tie Vice President of Engineering Jeremy Gilstrap.

The Fellowship is open to licensed civil and structural engineers with a minimum of 8 years of professional experience in structural engineering. Applicants should have experience working on earthquake- and wind-resistant design and construction of buildings, and on existing building seismic and structural evaluation and retrofit according to recognized standards, such as the IBC, ASCE 7, ASCE 41, and others.

Candidates should be willing to travel to, live, and work in emerging countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and South and Southeast Asia for a period of one year beginning Sept. 1, 2018 and concluding Aug. 31, 2019.

James Mwangi, the 2017-2018 fellow noted, “The Fellowship offered me the opportunity to share my previous experience by working face to face with not only the Build Change technical teams, but also with local engineers in each country, to promote capacity building.”

Applications will be accepted through July 16. Applicants can find more information about the program at Build Change.

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New pro utility knives from Fiskars

Fiskars introduces a collection of CarbonMax Utility Blades that are tougher and safer for use.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Fiskars has introduced a new lineup of knives for pros that the manufacturer promises to be sharper, smarter, and durable.

The CarbonMax Utility Blade stays sharp 24-times longer than standard blades, according to Fiskars, and features added blade security. Accidental blade release is prevented by and improved locking system, audio and visual locking cues, and smarter button placement. Tabs help ensure blade won’t pull out when twisted.

The lineup also includes improved ergonomics such as multiple grips that provide control regardless of the blade’s position and a Softgrip with strategic texturizing to enhance comfort. Additionally, full-body metal construction and reinforced ends resist pounding and drops.

The lineup includes Fiskars pro utility knives, a folding utility knife, a fixed utility knife, drywallers utility knife, painter’s utility knife, and a snap-off utility knife, among others.

 

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HBSDealer Stock Watch: Market Jitters

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Hardware and building supply stocks generally lost value during trading on Wednesday, with a few exceptions. Of the 30 stocks tracked below, 25 declined. FAST, however, gained more than 10% after reporting a strong quarter.
Company Price Change
AWI (Armstrong) 65.90 +0.38%
BCC (Boise) 45.35 +0.44%
BECN (Beacon) 39.37 -2.77%
BLDR (Builders FS) 18.17 -1.57%
BMCH (BMC Stock) 21.35 -1.39%
BXC (BlueLinx) 36.96 -1.23%
CENT (Central Garden) 43.54 -0.34%
DE (Deere & Co.) 141.42 -2.17%
DOOR (Masonite) 70.95 -0.70%
EXP (Eagle) 106.61 -0.99%
FAST (Fastenal) 54.51 10.05%
HBP (Huttig) 4.53 -5.82%
HD (Home Depot) 196.95 -0.33%
JELD (Jeld-Wen) 29.03 -1.02%
LL (Lumber Liquidators) 25.14 -4.77%
LOW (Lowe’s) 98.61 -0.40%
LPX (Louisiana-Pacific) 27.65 -1.74%
MAS (Masco) 37.71 -2.26%
PPG (PPG) 103.75 -1.00%
SHW (Sherwin-Williams) 415.28 -0.86%
SMG (Scotts Miracle-Gro) 86.31 -1.22%
SSD (Simpson) 63.60 -0.25%
SWK (Stanley) 133.56 -2.53%
TREX (Trex) 66.07 -0.81%
TSCO (Tractor Supply) 77.38 -0.44%
TTC (Toro) 61.50 -0.42%
UFPI (Universal Forest) 37.52 -0.82%
USG (USG) 43.20 N.C.
WDFC (WD-40) 157.85 +3.14%
WY (Weyerhaeuser) 36.55 -1.22%
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