Internet News - December 2000
Bidcom, Cephren Merge To Form CitadonInternet service providers Bidcom Inc. and Cephren Inc. announced they will merge under the new company name Citadon Inc. Citadon, which will help engineering and building professionals manage business and project processes, will hold more than 30,000 subscribers and 1,200 projects at more than $110 billion dollars.
BuildNet Adds PartnersFour new partnerships are expanding BuildNet Inc.'s online capabilities for users. An agreement with Advantage Business Computer Systems Inc. allows the BuildNet community to engage in e-commerce with users of Advantage Business Computer Systems.
A partnership with NetClerk Inc. will link users from BuildNet's Web site to NetClerk's PermitCentral, an online means of accessing, completing and submitting local building permit applications. BuildNet and TradePower Inc. also have partnered to connect BuildNet users to TradePower's commercial digital marketplace, which allows real-time research, request and purchase interactions between suppliers and contractors.
In other BuildNet news, its HVAConline division will partner with Air Conditioning Contractors of America to bring more than 9,000 members nationwide access to HVAC/R-related information and programs.
SupplyFORCE.com Builds LineupSupplyFORCE.com has admitted C.L. Watt distributors into its Participating Distributor network. C.L. Watt numbers 55 independent distributors of plumbing, heating, air conditioning and industrial piping products. SupplyFORCE.com's network includes about 350 distributors with 3,900 shipping locations in North America.
New Ventures, Faces At BuildPointBuildPoint Corp. and construction.com announced a joint sales venture in which both companies will offer building product manufacturers an enhanced sales program. The deal, part of a sales campaign for McGraw-Hill Co.'s Sweet Program, which allows industry professionals to specify and purchase, will unite BuildPoint's programs and Sweet's product database in the Sweet's Product Marketplace.
BuildPoint also has introduced an online catalog for the commercial construction industry. The catalog includes 1.6 million items from manufacturers and suppliers nationwide and is organized in sections tailored to mechanical, HVAC and electrical needs.
In other BuildPoint news, customers now can call its customer service center in Charlotte, N.C., for help sending and receiving bids, buying and selling construction goods, and using other services. BuildPoint has named Allen Britt director of the center.
Buzzsaw.com Improves Buzzsaw.com has added bidding and construction management services to its online features. These two services, plus the project collaboration service, comprise Buzzsaw.com Project Workspace, allowing users to manage projects from start to finish on the Web.
In other Buzzsaw.com news, it announced a milestone of having reached 20,000 projects.