BuildPoint To Provide Largest Online Catalog and other industry online news.

BuildPoint To Provide Largest Online Catalog

Aspect Development Inc. will partner with BuildPoint Corp. to provide the industry's largest online catalog featuring more than 2 million product SKUs. The agreement will also form the industry's largest supplier network.

n other news, the company exceeded $4 billion in volume and has launched its Financial Marketplace to help simplify the process of loan origination for the building industry. Connects To Product Library

Online trading exchange,, will connect electrical, mechanical and plumbing product catalogs from ec-Contents's Building Essentials Content Library. It represents more than 1,300 manufacturers and will provide customers with online access to a complete array of plumbing products.

Barnett Partners With Buildscape

Barnett Inc., a leading direct marketer of plumbing and maintenance products, announced an alliance with Buildscape Inc., an Internet-based B2B marketer of building materials. The alliance will provide builders instant access to its line of exclusive brand products by logging onto

Hackney Develops Vehicle Web Site

Hackney and Sons Inc.'s new Web site,, features vehicle specifications, a photo gallery and a state-of-the-art walk through tour. In the gallery, visitors will find plumbing trucks currently being used by Hackney customers. One of the future goals for the site is to allow customers to purchase stock inventory online.

New Plumbing Job Site recently launched its industry-specific Web site for publishing job openings and resumes online. The site allows users to post an ad or resume without the continuous need to surf the site for new material. An e-mail notification to both parties is sent when a match is found between a vacancy and candidate. It also offers a state-by-state listing of licensing requirements for plumbers and a Bargain Basement where overstock and dead inventory can be advertised.

ProcureZone.comOpens Global Web Site launched its global e-procurement site, which forecasts savings of more than 10 percent on purchases of engineering equipment and commodities. It provides a complete spec library and interactive forms to create data sheets for any application. Users may locate suppliers and purchase construction equipment from hundreds of thousands of buyers and suppliers worldwide. Launched

Geared for commercial and industrial mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors, is the first construction Web site where contractors can submit RFQs, receive bids and generate POs online. Contractors can send RFQs to multiple manufacturers simultaneously rather than one at a time and all information can be stored in a secure, private account that can be viewed anytime the contractor logs on.

Instant Web Sites For K&B Dealers

A new service from 20-20 Technologies can generate hot leads from the Web for kitchen and bath dealers seeking an online presence. The Online Kitchen & Bath Studio provides an instant Web site designed to increase a dealer's visibility and increase sales. After consumers design their new kitchen online, an electronic file is sent to the dealer along with their phone numbers. A dealer can finish the design, generate an instant price and close the sale. Plans For Construction e-Marketplace

A leader in permit automation, plans to deliver a contractor to supplier e-marketplace and a way for government agencies to offer completely automated and interactive online permitting. This site will allow the government to move at the speed of business.

Encompass To Streamline Online Services

With the help of, Encompass Services Corp. will use a more efficient procurement process, centralize its purchasing information and aggregate spending to lower its material costs. The investment will allow the company to use the Internet to obtain cost-savings and process improvements across its 200-plus operating locations.

Mike Callahan Joins Board

With more than 30 years experience owning, consulting and overseeing the training and development for heating and cooling service companies, Mike Callahan, former executive vice president and member of the senior management team for Group Maintenance America Corp., has joined the Board of Directors.

Callahan joined GroupMAC in 1997, where he directed the development and implementation of training and best business practices for the operating companies. He will be a consultant to the business development initiatives of, and will work to develop strategic relationships with industry leading manufacturers, suppliers and user groups. Expands, an Internet home and real estate network, is expanding its "Shop" and "Remodel and Maintain" areas of its site through an alliance with The union will result in a wide-reaching array of home improvement products and services, including industry experts available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through online, real-time chats, e-mail and telephone support.

Construction Documents Processed Online

Using nothing more than a Web browser and Internet connection, reprographic companies can receive, process, print and ship construction documents and files anywhere in the world with Cephren Inc.'s PrintNet services. The services include PrintNet Manager, a Web-based print order processing service, PrintNet Vault, a document storage and management service, and PrintNet Shop, Cephren's online shop for office, print and reprographic products and supplies. Delivers Drawings & Plans Via The Web

International Design and Construction Online ( has signed a licensing agreement for use of its SkyPrint Web Order Entry system. The browser-based program lets architects, engineers and contractors send printed output of large format drawings, plan-sets and small format specifications directly from their desktop. Boasts 60% Increase Since January

B2B Internet site claims to be the commercial construction industry's most-visited Web site with monthly totals exceeding 440,000 users. The figure represents 770,000 user sessions and more than 4 million page impressions. The site offers online multilevel cost estimators, breaking industry news, an e-newsletter and additional information and planning resources.

Nextel Introduces Wireless Internet Service For Business

Nextel Communications Inc. will begin rolling out Nextel Online, a wireless Internet service in 43 major markets including more than 750 cities across the country. It offers a wireless phone that serves as a four-in-one wireless business communication tool. The Internet-capable "plus" series phones integrate wireless Internet service. The Nextel Direct Connect combines digital two-way radio service, digital cellular service and text/numeric paging into one phone.