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Timken & Stark State College Open Technology Center

June 18, 2013 9:52 am

The $14 million center on Stark State College’s North Canton, Ohio, campus tests ultra-large bearing systems that can be up to 13 feet in outside diameter on sophisticated equipment capable of simulating harsh operating conditions similar to those found in large multi-megawatt wind turbines. The new test facility is expected to shorten development cycles and improve the reliability and cost-effectiveness of these systems.

Rockwood To Sell CeramTec

June 18, 2013 9:49 am | by Rockwood Holdings

CeramTec, headquartered in Plochingen, Germany, is a leading global producer of high performance advanced ceramics materials and products. With approximately 3,000 employees and 18 facilities globally, it serves four principal end-markets: (1) medical; (2) electronics; (3) industrial; and (4) automotive.


Jergens Industrial Purchases Assets Of Gray Industrial Supply

June 18, 2013 9:47 am | by PR Web

Together, JIS, Gray Industrial Supply and Spectrum Supply offer over 100 years of combined experience. With this purchase, JIS continues to build its business as the largest and most technically advanced industrial distributor within 200 miles of Cleveland. Now, JIS is able to offer customers the value added service of band saw blade welding that many of the larger catalog houses do not provide.


U.S. Wholesale Prices Rise 0.5 Percent In May

June 17, 2013 9:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index rose 0.5 percent in May from April. That nearly offset a 0.7 percent decline in April from March. Gas prices rose 1.5 percent last month, and food costs increased 0.6 percent.


Stock Building Supply Files For IPO

June 17, 2013 9:46 am | by Stock Building Supply

Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc. announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) relating to the proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.


Oil Rises Past $98 Ahead Of Fed Meeting

June 17, 2013 9:44 am | by Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press

Over the past few days, traders have grown increasingly worried over the intensifying civil war in Syria. At least 93,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it erupted in March 2011, according to a recent U.N. estimate. President Bashar Assad's forces are pressing ahead with an offensive to regain territory they lost to the rebels trying to topple his regime.


PT Distributor Report Reveals Secrets Of High Profit Firms

June 13, 2013 1:29 pm | by PTDA

Compiled from data confidentially provided by participating PTDA distributor member companies, the PT Distributor Performance Report indicates the pre-tax profit of a typical power transmission/motion control distribution firm was less than half that of high-profit firms.


Production Tool Supply Acquires Specialty Tool Of IN

June 13, 2013 1:25 pm | by Production Tool Supply

Specialty Tool has been servicing the manufacturing industry for over 25 years providing a vast assortment of industrial supplies including cutting tools, abrasives, coolants and MRO products. Like PTS, Specialty Tool strives to meet or exceed their customers’ needs through technical analysis, personalized service and support as well as a wide variety of quality products.


HD Supply Could Raise Up To $1.3 Billion In IPO

June 13, 2013 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press

The company plans to sell 53.2 million shares priced between $22 and $25 each. It may raise more funds if underwriters exercise their option to buy nearly 8 million additional shares that they have been allotted as part of the deal. The stock would trade on the Nasdaq under the symbol "HDS".

DHL Express & U.S. Commerce Dept. Launch Trade Initiative

June 12, 2013 5:18 pm | by DHL

Through the partnership, announced at the Oil and Gas Expo, DHL Express Canada and the U.S. Department of Commerce will match DHL customers in Canada with U.S. manufacturers or sellers who are already exporters or who are interested in reaching markets in the United States.


Industrial Supply Company Launches Workplace Safety Campaign

June 12, 2013 4:58 pm | by Industrial Supply Company

Every day, 13 people go to work and never make it home to their families. 4,693 workers were killed on the job in 2011 and workers reported an additional 3.8 million job-related injuries and illnesses, at a cost of $250-300 billion dollars to employers. Industrial Supply Company is launching a campaign for staying safe at work in support of National Safety Month—a month-long education campaign of the National Safety Council held every June.


GHX Industrial Acquires Flowline Components & Flowline OEM Group

June 12, 2013 4:55 pm | by GHX

Founded in 1988 by Larry Blackburn and Greg Johnston, Flowline operates two branches in Baltimore, Maryland and Greencastle, Pennsylvania and is a value added distributor of fabricated hose, MRO products and other related products. Flowline’s core customer base has historically consisted of agriculture, construction and food & beverage OEMs.


ABB To Purchase Dynamotive In UK

June 11, 2013 2:51 pm | by ABB

Coalville, UK–based Dynamotive designs, commissions and upgrades systems of drives, controls and motors for industrial and marine applications and automotive test rigs. Dynamotive has about 40 employees and is privately owned. Its owners will continue to work for ABB.


Interline Appoints John Bakewell As New CFO

June 11, 2013 2:47 pm | by Interline Brands

Bakewell joins Interline after spending the last 22 years as the Chief Financial Officer of several large public and privately owned companies. Most recently, Mr. Bakewell served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RegionalCare Hospital Partners. Previously, Mr. Bakewell held the same position with Wright Medical Group, a global orthopedic medical device manufacturer.

Brennan Industries Names New General Managers

June 11, 2013 2:45 pm | by Brennan Industries, Inc.

Michael Caliebe was named general manager of Brennan’s Ohio distribution center, located in Solon, Ohio.Nick Longo was named general manager of Brennan’s Washington distribution center, located in Sumner, Wash. Longo joined Brennan as an OEM manager 16 years ago.

MRC Global Opens Regional Distribution Center In OK

June 11, 2013 9:16 am | by MRC Global, Inc.

MRC Global Inc. has opened a new regional distribution center in Tulsa, OK. The facility includes a two acre pipeyard, 80,000 square feet of warehouse space and a valve automation center.  The location will support 13 MRC service locations throughout Oklahoma and the Midwest U.S.


Haggard & Stocking Wins Excellence In Industry Award From ISA

June 11, 2013 9:14 am | by ISA

The award recognized how Haggard & Stocking, working closely with inventory management system supplier CribMaster, developed a customized program to manage the Foreign Object Debris (FOD) requirements of an aerospace company. In order to meet stringent FOD requirements or risk losing major government contracts, the company requested Haggard & Stocking’s assistance in developing an automated program to track tooling.

Grainger May Sales Increase 5% Year Over Year

June 11, 2013 9:12 am | by W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Daily sales increased 5 percent versus May 2012, and included 3 percentage points from volume, 2 percentage points from price and 1 percentage point from acquisitions, partially offset by a 1 percentage point decline from unfavorable foreign exchange.


H.B. Fuller Company Acquires Plexbond Quimica

June 10, 2013 9:17 am | by H.B. Fuller Company

H.B. Fuller Company announced that it has finalized the previously announced purchase of Plexbond Quimica S/A, a provider of chemical polyurethane specialties and polyester resins based in Curitiba, Brazil. The Plexbond Quimica business generated nearly $20 million in revenue in 2012. The results of this business will be included in the company's Latin America Adhesives operating segment going forward. 


Summit Electric Supply Remembers Co-Founder Victor R. Jury Sr.

June 10, 2013 9:14 am | by Summit Electric Supply

Jury Sr., who grew up in West Texas, had a successful career in the electrical distribution industry that spanned more than 45 years. After attending college at Notre Dame as a participant in the U.S. Navy V-12 officer development program during the Second World War, he later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.



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