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United Stationers Appoints New COO, CIO

April 17, 2015 | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Comments

Ahead of the company's June rebranding as Essendant, both the new COO and CIO have been with the company at least nine years.

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Lawmakers Announce Trade Authority Deal

April 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The policy, known as Trade Promotion Authority, allows Congress to establish priorities for trade talks but prevents lawmakers from altering agreed-upon deals when they come up for approval votes.

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Graybar Names VP Of Strategic Accounts

April 17, 2015 9:41 am | by Graybar

In her new assignment, Tammy Livers will lead Graybar’s strategic accounts organization, which focuses on business development, service, and support for large, multi-site, and global customers.

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Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 16, 2015 3:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Recent reports, however, suggested the unions that helped bankroll the ongoing wage campaign may be turning away from efforts to organize union elections for low-wage workers.

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Verizon Releases 2015 Data Breach Investigation Report

April 16, 2015 1:07 pm | by Verizon

According to this year’s report, the bulk of the cyberattacks (70 percent) use a combination of both sophisticated and old techniques and involve a secondary victim, adding complexity to a breach.

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Global Power Technologies Signs Distribution Deal With Digi-Key

April 16, 2015 12:50 pm | by Digi-Key Electronics

As part of the agreement, GPTG’s product line of silicon carbide semiconductors will be extended to Digi-Key’s global customer base of 550,000 design engineers.

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Wearables Gaining Popularity In Business

April 16, 2015 12:19 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

Along with industrial warehouses already testing and implementing smart glasses, other wearable technology like smartwatches and fitness bands are making their way into plant floors as well.

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Manufacturing Groups Call For Corporate Tax Overhaul

April 16, 2015 12:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The National Association of Manufacturers and the MAPI Foundation argue that exempting their companies' foreign earnings from corporate taxes would allow corporations to return them to U.S. shores.

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Grainger Cuts Outlook After Q1 Profit Decrease

April 16, 2015 11:10 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Along with a disappointing quarterly earnings report, Grainger announced plans to extensively hire more sales reps and buy back $1 billion of stock in 2015.

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WestAir Names New CFO

April 16, 2015 10:20 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Tim Van Linge takes over the leadership position for the U.S. southwest independent distributor of industrial gases and equipment.

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Horizon Solutions Announces Leadership Change

April 16, 2015 10:07 am | by Horizon Solutions

The CEO/president transition represents next step in the execution of Horizon’s long-term strategic plan, with internal promotions setting the stage for streamlined growth. 

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Industrial Production In March Posts Biggest Drop Since 2009

April 15, 2015 4:21 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

For the first three months of the year, industrial output fell at an annual rate of 1 percent, the worst quarterly performance since the first quarter of 2009 during the Great Recession.

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Amazon Extends Ambitions To $6 Billion Online Auto Parts Market

April 15, 2015 11:01 am | by 360pi

Price and product intelligence provider 360pi's analysis of more than 30,000 Amazon auto parts reveal the e-tailer's price-matching strategy to reinforce market leadership.

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Weiler Donates $10,000 To New Orleans Habitat For Humanity

April 15, 2015 9:54 am | by Weiler Corporation

Weiler also gave an additional $4,500 in products to help with the build, and sent 51 workers to New Orleans to participate in February.

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PTDA Welcomes Three New Distributor Members

April 15, 2015 9:37 am | by PTDA

Two industrial distributors from Texas and one from New Zealand join the fold of the Power Transmission Distributors Association.

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More Expensive Gas Lifts Wholesale Prices In March

April 14, 2015 12:58 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

Gas prices have leveled off in recent months, eliminating one source of deflationary pressure on the U.S. dollar.

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U.S. Retail Sales Heat Up In March; Has Big Thaw Arrived?

April 14, 2015 12:36 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

Warmer weather fueled a 2.1 percent boost in building materials sales, possible signs that the lagging manufacturing and construction sectors might also recover from a winter slump.

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U.S. Business Stockpiles Narrowly Increased In February

April 14, 2015 12:22 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Business sales were weak for a seventh straight month, though economists are looking for a rebound in the current April-June quarter, led by stronger consumer spending.

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Shale Boom Hits First Bust Since Oil Price Collapse

April 14, 2015 11:21 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The top U.S. oil reserves are forecast to decrease next month for the first time since the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Drilling Productivity Report debuted in October of 2013.

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WinWholesale Acquires NY's Security Supply, Opens TX WinSupply

April 14, 2015 11:11 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

The acquisition gives WinWholesale 12 new locations that serve the lower Mid-Hudson Valley of New York, and brings its total location count to more than 570 in 45 states.

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Fastenal Q1 Profit Beats Expectations, Sales Miss

April 14, 2015 9:49 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

Slumping oil and gas business sales hurt the company's overall revenue, while a continued push in its industrial vending and hiring drove healthy profit growth.

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