Jack Keough
Contributing Editor

Jack Keough was editor of Industrial Distribution for 26 years, and founded ID's long-running Big 50 List. He is currently a contributing editor. Jack the president of Keough Business Communications in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and often speaks to various groups and trade associations on distribution issues.

Jack Keough discusses GPC chief executive Paul Donahue's recent comments regarding the company's outlook for M&A activity and recaps 2016...
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3.8.2017
9:34am
General Electric said recently that its aviation business has spent more than $5 billion to upgrade or build new factories for its next-generation jet engines.
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3.6.2017
3:28pm
Jack Keough discusses economics speaker Alan Beaulieu's comments at the recent NAW Executive Summit, which included many signs for optimism throughout...
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2.24.2017
9:03am
Jack Keough discusses comments from NOW Inc. CEO Robert Workman about the company's Q4 fiscal performance and the market factors impacting it currently...
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2.23.2017
9:19am
C.A. Dillon Jr., former president of Raleigh, NC-based Dillon Supply and longtime public address announcer for North Carolina State University, died Feb. 16 at...
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2.21.2017
10:28am
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Already constructing a 207,000-square-foot addition to its Brookfield, WI headquarters building, the company is asking permission to add two more buildings and...
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2.15.2017
9:36am
ID contributing editor Jack Keough discusses recent comments made by NAW and Winsupply chairman Richard Schwartz regarding why there has never been a better...
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2.15.2017
9:22am
Reuters reports that HD Supply is exploring a sale of its Waterworks unit that could fetch more than $2 billion as it positions its construction and facilities...
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2.8.2017
9:38am
Jack Keough discusses Amazon Business director Rob Green's presentation at last week's NAW Executive Summit, where Green shared details about the...
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2.7.2017
9:19am
It's the second major acquisition for Parker in the past three months, as the company announced a $4.3 billion purchase of CLARCOR in December.
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2.6.2017
9:50am
With the move, United Rentals gains NES' 73 branches and approximately 1,100 employees.
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1.26.2017
9:52am
Luxembourg-based CERATIZIT's U.S. subsidiary has purchased a majority of Rancho Dominguez, CA-based Best Carbide Cutting Tools for an undisclosed amount....
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1.23.2017
10:14am
ID contributing editor Jack Keough provides a roundup of recent news on Amazon's planned fulfillment center expansion.
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1.18.2017
10:19am
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Atlas Copco intends to split into two listed companies, one focused on industrial customers and the other focused on mining/civil engineering customers.
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1.17.2017
9:57am
It's the latest major deal in a flurry of activity in the industrial tools market, as Hitachi has been making power tools for more than 50 years and has...
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1.13.2017
9:50am
In the wake of the Linde-Praxair merger, further notable market consolidation may be imminent as Air Products has made a bid to acquire Yingde Gases Group,...
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1.9.2017
4:51pm
Stanley Black & Decker plans to build a new factory in the U.S. to help produce Craftsman tools — in large part due to uncertainty about international...
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1.6.2017
9:16am
Lewiston, ME-based Butler Bros. sells a variety of MRO products and offers a full-line of vending solutions and integrated partnership programs, while...
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1.5.2017
10:15am
Stanley B&D expects the deal, valued at $900 million, to generate about $100 million of annual sales growth for approximately the next 10 years.
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1.5.2017
9:49am
Having served as vice president since 2011, David Miles has been named president of Fitchburg, MA-based Simonds Saw, effective Jan. 1.
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1.4.2017
9:31am
The sale to Switzerland-based Dormakaba AG includes the commercial hardware brands of BEST Access, phi Precision and GMT, which together represented $270...
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12.21.2016
10:22am
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Despite warnings of possible repercussions from President-elect Donald Trump, the bearings manufacturer says it will go forward with closing its Indianapolis...
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12.19.2016
9:22am
In a presentation for financial analysts, GE said it plans to sell its Industrial Solutions business, which supplies equipment to the electrical distribution...
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12.15.2016
9:37am
The Wall Street Journal's monthly survey of economists says that while the U.S. will add about 50,000 manufacturing jobs by the end of 2019, the pace is...
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12.13.2016
9:02am
Terms of the deal were not disclosed for the business that has annual global sales of about $45 million and employs approximately 140 employees.
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12.7.2016
11:10am
Along with calling out bearings maker Rexnord on Friday for its planned move to Mexico, the President-elect also reaffirmed his position with a series of...
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12.5.2016
9:37am
Thirty-five year company veteran Mark Place has become the new vice president of business development for the hydraulic fittings and adapters maker, with Brian...
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12.2.2016
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Initial talks between the two companies were near completion in September when they broke down, but talks may begin next week that could create the world'...
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11.30.2016
9:29am
Littelfuse COO and 31-year veteran Dave Heinzmann will become CEO on Jan. 1, at which time current chief executive Gordon Hunter will become executive chairman.
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11.21.2016
2:46pm
Koch Industries is reportedly nearing a deal to acquire a a significant minority stake in ERP software provider Infor. It could be announced as early as next...
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11.14.2016
10:26am
Nick Talarico, who joined the company in 2009, replaces the retiring Jay Brown, effective Nov. 14.
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11.10.2016
9:06am
Late last year, many distributors and manufacturers said they expected slow to flat sales in the first half of 2016 and then a rebound in the second half....
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11.9.2016
10:13am
In its Q3 earnings report Thursday, the tool maker indicated that its three-year “self imposed” hiatus of M&A activity is coming to an end and the recent $...
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10.28.2016
9:26am
The 230,000 square foot facility in Greenwood, IN will serve as headquarters for Würth Service Supply and divisional headquarters for Würth Industry North...
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10.27.2016
9:40am
A team of veteran industrial distribution executives has formed a new company, AgoNow LLC, a pure industrial wholesaler and channel solutions provider based in...
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10.25.2016
12:21am
Parker's CEO is optimistic that end markets are progressing toward stabilization, evidenced by the company's quarterly order rates turning positive...
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10.24.2016
6:12pm
Altra Industrial Motion Corp., a global manufacturer and marketer of electromechanical power transmission components and motion control products, posted a...
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10.24.2016
9:50am
Motion Industries, the industrial distribution arm of the Genuine Parts Company, has reported that its Q3 sales were down 0.7%.
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10.21.2016
9:30am
Grainger posted another small decline in the U.S. and sizable drop in Canada, while U.K.-based Cromwell continues to strongly boost its 'other business...
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10.18.2016
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