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WearGuard Launches Online Account Tool

The supplier of customized workwear and uniforms is launching myWearGuard, a Web-based service for WearGuard customers. MyWearGuard is integrated with the company's Web site at www.wearguard.com. Customers sign on and have access to several features, such as order tracking, full account history of all past orders (including those placed by phone or mail) and real-time inventory checks.

Symmons Updates Web Site

Symmons Industries introduced a new look and feel for its Web site, www.symmons.com. The new design includes expanded product information with larger pictures, and downloadable PDF files outlining common modifications and detailed specifications for every product. Search methods have been streamlined to speed navigation and provide extra assistance to users not familiar with the product lines.

BuildNet Launches BuildNet Express

BuildNet recently debuted its new product BuildNet Express, a collection of Web-based job management tools that include project management, collaboration, procurement and bid management.

BuildNet Express subscribers do not need to buy software; they need only a subscription and access to the Internet with a browser. BuildNet Express also offers wireless connectivity, called BNX2GO, through RIM pagers and WAP phones. Visit www.buildnet.com.

Reliant Energy Minnegasco
Launches New Web Site

Reliant Energy Minnegasco launched a new Web site to replace its original site. The site, www.minnegasco.com, makes it easier to find the products, services and information with improved navigation and updated graphics. The Minnegasco homepage offers visitors four easy-to-understand options depending on their needs and whether they are residential or business customers, or builders and developers.

MH2 To Offer Online Training

MH2Technologies will offer full-spectrum online training to clients using its products for the construction industry - MH2Build and MH2Supply. Clients will now have access to three new training options: a series of live, interactive courses taught by instructors; a self-paced online training program; and training CD's designed to be used on the job or at home. Visit www.mh2.com.

MyHomeKey Adds HouseMaster, ServiceLane

MyHomeKey partnered with HouseMaster Home Inspection Services and ServiceLane Home Improvements to simplify home management. With the partnering, MyHomeKey members now can schedule home inspections through HouseMaster and access home improvement advice and resources from ServiceLane. Visit www.myhomekey.com.

BuildPoint Integrates WESCO's
Order Management System

BuildPoint Corp. integrated WESCO Distribution's Order Management System, WESCOM, with BuildPoint's online catalog. Orders placed by the BuildPoint community of contractors now can be integrated directly into the WESCO order management system, allowing WESCO to manage contractor orders more efficiently.

Using the online BuildPoint catalog for the direct purchase of materials, contractors will be able to identify and price WESCO's electrical supplies and order via the Internet. Visit www.buildpoint.com.

BuildPoint also delivered the first integrated procurement platform, specifically developed for the construction industry. The new electronic platform automates the procurement process and provides integration for buyers, sellers and related software providers across the construction supply chain. Contractors and suppliers can connect into BuildPoint's online procurement applications (including existing front- or back-end systems) to reduce transactional costs.