Mike Hockett
Editor

Mike Hockett is the Managing Editor of Industrial Distribution. He has been working on the publication since August 2014, covering all topics from company acquisition and consolidation news, market trends, and distributor profiles across the MRO landscape. 

Mike graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 with a B.A. in Print Journalism, and spent the first 7 years of his career in sports writing and editing.

While acquisition and earnings news continue to be popular items on ID, the most-read items of late have been articles/blogs regarding factors impacting the...
2.17.2017
10:26am
MRC Q4 sales sunk 26 percent year-over-year, with U.S. sales down 29 percent. Still, CEO Andrew Lane noted optimism in recent customer spending and a return to...
2.17.2017
10:11am
In this episode, ID editor Mike Hockett discusses a report of HD Supply exploring a sale of its Waterworks Unit, a contributed article about the growing impact...
2.15.2017
11:00am
The company's year-over-year sales decline continued in Q4, though it showed sequential improvement for a second straight quarter as rig counts have...
2.15.2017
10:09am
DPA Buying Group has announced the addition of two manufacturers to its Industrial division since Jan. 24: BoltSize-It, and Steel Guard Safety Corp. They are...
2.14.2017
12:15pm
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The U.S. added another dozen rigs last week, including eight oil. The combined count is now up 83.4 percent since bottoming out in May 2016, while OPEC...
2.13.2017
11:54am
FCX — No. 31 on ID's Big 50 List — has acquired Monroe, MI-based Renew Valve & Machine Co. and its Cleveland, OH-based Valve & Gauge division.
2.13.2017
9:52am
Headline regulars Amazon, HD Supply and Fastenal were among the big items on ID this past week, while Parker Hannifin made another acquisition and UPS offered...
2.10.2017
10:19am
The Trump administration's stance on majorly deregulating manufacturing regulations may result in much less incident reporting by OSHA and subdued fines...
2.10.2017
9:11am
The numbers were highlighted by a 38 percent year-over-year drop in sales at National Oilwell Varco and a net loss of $57 million and an 8 percent drop in...
2.9.2017
1:41pm
Learn the story of Ramsey, MN-based B&F Fastener Supply, which has had tremendous growth since its 1988 founding, especially over the last four years. It...
2.9.2017
9:07am
In this episode, ID editor Mike Hockett discusses the increasing threat of Amazon Business on distributors, and recaps Fastenal’s January sales report.
2.8.2017
9:20am
Fastenal's daily sales had year-over-year growth for a seventh-straight month in January and grew by the second-biggest margin in the past year. Meanwhile...
2.6.2017
1:31pm
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The U.S. has added 61 rigs over the past three weeks, with Friday's active count up 25 percent year-over-year. Meanwhile, the gas rig count snapped a 12-...
2.6.2017
10:26am
Manufacturing had little change overall in the first jobs report under the Trump administration, although construction and warehousing surged.
2.3.2017
12:25pm
Stanley Black & Decker's ambitious goals to double in size by 2022 led the way on ID this past week, while thought leadership pieces on bringing...
2.3.2017
10:11am
ID chatted with Simon Bhadra, a senior marketing manager for UPS's industrial distribution segment, to get his ideas on current and future industry trends...
2.3.2017
9:13am
Airgas, the American Welding Society and WESCO Gas and Welding Supply have helped a Lousiana High School welding program get back on its feet after historic...
2.2.2017
1:19pm
We're in the midst of another quarterly earnings reporting period, with publicly-traded companies sharing their latest fiscal performance numbers. A...
2.2.2017
10:55am
Industrial Distribution's 2017 January/February digital edition features our annual Watch List — a batch of company profiles on eight small and mid-size...
2.2.2017
9:44am
In this episode, ID editor Mike Hockett discusses Stanley Black & Decker's goal of doubling in size by 2022, United Rentals' acquisition of NES...
2.1.2017
9:27am
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The company's 2015 acquisition of HD Supply's Power Solutions segment powered a 23 percent jump in total sales throughout 2016 and a 25 percent...
1.31.2017
10:02am
The U.S. added another healthy batch of active oil rigs last week, gaining 44 since its 11-week increase streak was snapped in the count on Jan. 13. The gas...
1.30.2017
9:48am
We're in the midst of another quarterly earnings reporting period, with publicly-traded companies sharing their latest fiscal performance numbers. Here,...
1.30.2017
9:12am
News regarding the latest fiscal reports for Big 50 distributors Grainger and Fastenal were top items this past week as expected, while the latest active U.S....
1.27.2017
10:01am
Diversified industrial manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker reported its 2016 fourth quarter and full year fiscal results on Thursday, in which president...
1.27.2017
9:08am
We're in the midst of another quarterly earnings reporting period. See the key figures for a handful of prominent industrial manufacturing companies that...
1.27.2017
9:05am
In this episode, we discuss Q4 and full year 2016 sales & profit figures for Big 50 distributors Grainger and Fastenal and discuss PwC's new survey...
1.26.2017
2:06pm
The company's total sales and profit continued to slide in Q4, while CEO John Engel noted signs of recovery going forward as the company posted its first...
1.26.2017
10:54am
The company's organic sales improved 0.4 percent in Q2, leading it to raise the lower end of its previously 2017 full year outlook.
1.26.2017
10:19am
ITW had Q4 organic growth in five of seven business segments, led by 7 percent growth in automotive OEM, while its welding segment had an 8 percent decline.
1.25.2017
3:11pm
Grainger posted flat Q4 sales while its profits were hurt by an impairment charge, while the company posted its best month for daily sales growth since...
1.25.2017
10:39am
With the acquisition, Omaha, NE-based fastening and packaging distributor SouthernCarlson expands its Minnesota footprint and service capabilities, adding a...
1.24.2017
12:25pm
Winsupply CEO Jack Johnston will retire on Jan. 31, to be succeeded by current president Roland Gordon.
1.24.2017
12:17pm
3M's Industrial unit broke a streak of three straight sluggish quarters to end 2016 on a strong note, posting a 4.6 percent gain in organic sales over Q4...
1.24.2017
10:10am
One week earlier, the U.S. oil rig count snapped an 11-week streak of gains, but rebounded in a big way Friday with its biggest one-week spike since April 2013.
1.23.2017
9:30am
News of Lowe's impending staffing changes and layoffs got a lot of attention this past week, while Fastenal's Q4 earnings and another acquisition of...
1.20.2017
10:50am
Fastenal grew consistently throughout 2016 while downsizing its stores and headcount, all while further enhancing its vending business. See all the facts and...
1.20.2017
10:38am
F.W. Webb held a "Topping Off" ceremony on Jan. 13 at the construction site of its new Londonderry, NH distribution center, celebrating the raising...
1.19.2017
9:47am