Mike Hockett
Editor

Mike Hockett is the Editor of Industrial Distribution and Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation magazines. He has been working on ID since August 2014, providing news, articles, blogs and video covering a wide variety of topics about the industrial distribution landscape. He works from Advantage Business Media's Madison, WI office.

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 journalism career in sports writing and editing.

Though ID has been stocked full of earnings reports for publicly-traded industrial distributors and suppliers over the past few weeks, it was an article about...
4.28.2017
10:29am
Nearly two months after initially announcing they were in negotiation talks, Lincoln Electric and Air Liquide each announced Thursday that the companies have...
4.28.2017
9:37am
Genuine Parts Company recently invested a 35 percent stake in Sydney, Australia-based large MRO distributor Inenco, which further boosts GPC subsidiary Motion...
4.28.2017
9:05am
We're in another quarterly earnings report season, with many well-known industrial distributors and suppliers sharing their latest fiscal results. Here...
4.27.2017
5:09pm
The vast majority of Air Liquide's large sales increase was due to its 2016 acquisition of Airgas, which boosted sales in the group's Gas &...
4.27.2017
10:25am
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WESCO International posted flat Q1 sales on Thursday and a modest profit increase, while its Industrial unit recorded year-over-year organic sales growth after...
4.27.2017
10:04am
Following a flat Q2, Applied's Q3 had considerable year-over-year increases in both sales and profit, with organic sales up six percent.
4.27.2017
10:02am
WINA said that in three years it has doubled in size to nearly $700 million in annual sales, and that the Würth Group posted March group records for monthly...
4.27.2017
10:01am
As the winner of the Industrial Supply Association's $10,000 Gary L. Buffington Scholarship winner, to say Rachel Larson has a lot going on as a college...
4.26.2017
9:00am
Kennametal sales and profits had a considerable growth in Q3, with the company saying most of the improvement was driven by organic growth as the effects of...
4.26.2017
9:00am
ID editor Mike Hockett chatted with ISA president Ed Gerber Saturday 1-on-1 at the Industrial Supply Association annual convention in Denver. See what Gerber...
4.25.2017
10:46am
Here's how the most recent quarter fared for 3M, Anixter International, Sandvik and Illinois Tools Works, with everyone reporting solid year-over-year...
4.25.2017
10:15am
While there are obvious advantages to supporting your customers’ buying process through technology, there are also some very specific risks associated with...
by Lisa Rose
4.24.2017
9:00am
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The price of oil took a sharp dive last week, falling nearly $4 while the U.S. added another 10 total oil and gas rigs. Meanwhile, Canada's declining rig...
4.21.2017
4:00pm
We're in another quarterly earnings reporting period, with this one much more positive overall than any of 2016. Big 50 distributors Grainger, Fastenal,...
4.21.2017
10:33am
Stanley Black & Decker got off to a great start in 2017 as organic sales improved five percent from a year earlier, while Honeywell's 2016 acquisition...
4.21.2017
10:14am
ID recently spoke with Larry Basel, vice president of professional staffing firm Ajilon, about how distribution/manufacturing recruitment strategies have...
4.21.2017
9:17am
In these latest ID Quick Hits, editor Mike Hockett discusses Grainger's Q1 earnings report, in which the company said it is accelerating its planned...
4.19.2017
12:04pm
GPC's subsidiaries Motion Industries and EIS Inc. — Nos. 8 and 22 on ID's Big 50 List — both saw healthy year-over-year sales gains in Q1, while GPC...
4.19.2017
10:00am
The U.S. active oil rig count grew last week for the 24th time in the past 25 weeks to its highest mark since April 24, 2015.
4.17.2017
9:42am
These latest Quick Hits discuss a report that Amazon wants its large consumer brands to bypass retail and sell direct to consumers, Ace Hardware hiring a...
4.12.2017
10:45am
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Fastenal had sales growth across the board in Q1, with March being the company's best daily sales growth month since February 2015. The company continued...
4.11.2017
2:10pm
ID editor Mike Hockett chats with Applico's CEO and head of platform to discuss the current impact of Amazon on the industrial distribution market, and...
4.11.2017
10:30am
The company said year-over-year Q1 organic sales increased 10.3 percent, including 15.5 percent in the U.S.
4.10.2017
10:45am
The U.S. combined rig count continued its longstanding increase last week while Canada's fall continued, while oil prices jumped following Thursday night...
4.10.2017
9:43am
ID editor Mike Hockett's blog about Grainger's changes to its salesforce strategy and pricing continues to draw a lot of traffic this past week,...
4.7.2017
10:26am
EIS Inc. — No. 22 on ID's Big 50 List — has acquired Rochester Hills, MI-based Empire Wire & Supply, a supplier of custom cable assemblies and a...
4.6.2017
10:55am
MSC gave off considerable optimistic vibes Thursday in its Q2 earnings release, which showed the company snapped five straight quarters of daily sales decline...
4.6.2017
10:22am
See what Eagle Manufacturing CEO Joe Eddy and Arbill CEO Julie Copeland had to say about regulations and other small manufacturing issues they discussed when...
4.6.2017
9:12am
In this episode, ID editor Mike Hockett discusses the launch of Amazon Business in the United Kingdom, and Wolseley soon rebranding as Ferguson.
4.5.2017
10:32am
Three months after announcing its first overseas expansion to Germany and India, Amazon Business announced Tuesday that it has officially launched in the...
4.4.2017
2:01pm
Industry veteran John Mark joins the leadership team at BlackHawk — No. 28 on ID's Big 50 List — having served in executive positions at Anixter and HD...
4.3.2017
10:56am
The U.S. added more oil and gas rigs last week, with oil rigs gaining for the 20th week in the past 21 to their highest count since Sept. 4, 2015.
4.3.2017
10:24am
It's hard to believe we're already a quarter through 2017. For ID, Q1 ended with strong traffic from ID editor Mike Hockett's recent interviews...
3.31.2017
10:21am
The company's organic sales declined 23.6 percent in 2016, but sequential sales declined and profits showed considerable improvement as DXP continued to...
3.31.2017
10:07am
Per the agreement, GPC can acquire the remaining 65 percent of Sydney, Australia-based Inenco at a later date if certain conditions are met.
3.30.2017
1:23pm
Over Tuesday and Wednesday, Amazon announced plans to open new fulfillment centers near Houston, TX and in Clear Brook, VA, each creating about full-time 1,000...
3.30.2017
9:53am
In this episode, ID editor Mike Hockett discusses Grainger CEO D.G. Macpherson's recent comments about the company's changes to its salesforce...
3.29.2017
10:33am
Effective July 31, Wolseley will officially be known as Ferguson. The company said the rebranding will better reflect its business, as 84 percent of its...
3.29.2017
10:04am