News Watch en Value of New Construction Drops in November but Shows Solid Year-to-Date Increase <div class="node-body article-body">Construction spending edged down in November but outlays for the year remained on track for a modest increase over 2013 totals, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Watch Associated General Contractors Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:54:00 +0000 22001 at <p>AGC officials see an upward trend in construction spending for 2015.</p> Photo Credit - Getty Images Copper Investing News: Don’t Expect a Massive Increase in 2015 Copper Prices <div class="node-body article-body">When copper briefly plunged to under $2 per pound earlier this week it sent shudders through the copper market. The price is back up to around $2.89 per pound today, but the drop is just one more example of the wild and wacky price swings with the red metal. Check out what Copper Investing News sees for copper pricing in 2015.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Watch copper Copper Investing News wire and cable Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:37:00 +0000 21951 at Wikimedia Commons Housing Starts Slip Slightly in November <div class="node-body article-body"><p><span style="font-size: 15.5555562973022px;">The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Washington, D.C., said the pace of total November housing starts was down 1.6% from an upwardly revised October number. The October housing starts estimate was revised up from the initial reading of 1.009 million units (on a seasonally adjusted annual pace) to 1.045 million, with increases for both single-family and multifamily construction.</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Watch NAHB National Association of Home Builders Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:33:00 +0000 21881 at <p><span style="font-size: 15.5555562973022px; line-height: 20px;">This chart from NAHB illustrates the current recovery in housing starts but also shows just how much building activity is down from a decade ago.</span></p> Electrical Wholesaling's Top Ten News Stories of 2014 <div class="field-deck"> Electrical Wholesaling’s picks for the most interesting news and trends in 2014. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">On the M&A front, 2014 will be remembered not for an overwhelming number of acquisitions or the size of any of the deals, but for the tight focus many acquirers had on industries like oil and gas, lighting, automation, electric utilities, security and safety products. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Watch Gold Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:12:00 +0000 21891 at Revolution Lighting to Partner with Fastenal <div class="node-body article-body"><p>LED lighting manufacturer Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. , Stamford, Conn., announced a strategic distribution partnership with the Fastenal Co., one of the largest MRO suppliers in the United States. Under terms of the partnership, Fastenal will stock and sell a variety of Revolution Lighting&rsquo;s LED products through its U.S. Fastenal stores and distribution centers.</p> <p>Revolution Lighting and its reps will be helping Fastenal go after LED lighting retrofit projects.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Lighting News Watch Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:28:00 +0000 21831 at Image courtesy of Revolution Lighting Technologies Texas and North Dakota Lead U.S. in New Construction Jobs Over the Last 12 Months <div class="node-body article-body">Construction firms added jobs in 38 states and the District of Columbia between Nov. 2013 and Nov. 2014 while construction employment increased in 26 states and D.C. between October and November, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Watch construction North Dakota Texas Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:37:00 +0000 21811 at Photo Credit - Getty Images Samsung Joins Siemens and Philips in Rethinking Role of Lighting <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, Seoul, South Korea, said it will close its light-emitting diode (LED) lighting business outside of South Korea, scaling back what the company had identified as a key growth business just four years ago, according to a Reuters report.</p> <p>The company will continue supplying LED components to OEM lighting manufacturers worldwide and developing display lighting technologies in support of its primary business lines in smart phones, tablets and other consumer products.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Global Lighting News Watch Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:18:00 +0000 21931 at Group CBS Expands, Buying Electric Control Equipment Co. <div class="node-body article-body"><p><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">Group CBS, Inc., Addison, Texas, added to its capabilities in custom manufacturing, restoration, distribution and servicing of switchgear, circuit breakers and other electrical equipment with a deal announced this week to buy Electric Control Equipment Co., Norwalk, Conn.</span></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Connecticut News Watch Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:16:00 +0000 21921 at IDEA Names NEMA’s Paul Molitor as CEO and President <div class="node-body article-body">IDEA's Board of Directors named Paul Molitor of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) as CEO and president, effective Dec. 15th.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Watch People IDEA Molitor National Electrical Manufacturers Association Wentz Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:28:00 +0000 21311 at Pentair to Expand Hoffman Brand with Steinhauer Purchase <div class="node-body article-body">Pentair announced it has signed an agreement to purchase Steinhauer Elektromaschinen AG, Germany, a producer of enclosure machining and related technologies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Watch enclosures Hoffman Pentair Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:13:00 +0000 21161 at