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MANUFACTURERS - OCTOBER 2018

Consolidation-minded Construction Supply Group (CSG) has completed its 10th acquisition: California distributor Constar Construction Supply. “This furthers our goal of building a best-in-class wholesale distribution company across North America,” says CSG CEO Mitch Williams, noting that the company will continue to seek additions to its family of concrete and masonry contractor-geared distribution businesses.

The Constar Clovis and Bakersfield branches will be integrated into CSG’s Southwestern unit, Border Construction Specialties. “We are pleased to join the Construction Supply Group team and their platform will allow us to better serve customers,” affirms Constar principal Bill Morse. 

“Expansion into contiguous states is exciting for our customer base and strategic growth plans. We look forward to continued success with the entire Constar team,” adds Border Construction President Brian Saker.

After integrating Constar, Denver-based CSG will have 87 branches and 1,150-plus employees serving upward of 25,000 customers with a 70,000-product offering. CSG was chartered in late-2016 with Border Construction and peer operators Brock White Co. and Stetson Building Products.

Construction material testing equipment specialist Forney LP was profiled on a recent segment of the Fox Business Network’s “Manufacturing Marvels” production. The two-minute installment showcased quality assurance the manufacturer helps bring to the construction process through premium laboratory equipment and tools, plus innovative systems netting quality testing results. Of particular note is the ForneyVault, a cloud-based system that improves laboratory productivity while increasing testing process transparency and value.

CEO Jeff Dziki sees the FBN segment as an “opportunity to tell the world the story of how Forney actually improves construction results through automating and recording laboratory test efforts. The test report is the lab’s product, but it’s the process that instills confidence. [At] 100 years young, we’ve been in the vanguard developing technology that keeps all of us just a little bit safer.”


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Posted at www.aem.org/workforce-development-toolkit, the kit is one component of AEM’s overall workforce development program, joining a webinar series where hosts address veterans hiring, apprenticeships, and third-party partnerships, plus a scholarship initiative for educators seeking certification to offer high school student equipment-specific courses.