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Airgas to Highlight Growth Strategies At Upcoming Analyst Meeting

November 25, 2014 5:25 pm | by Airgas | News | Comments

The company's management team will discuss their strategies for leveraging Airgas' platform and capabilities to drive sales growth and margin expansion, as well as provide mid-term financial goals.               

Video Market Report 8: More News From the Big 50, A Merger For Stellar Industrial, And Our Alibaba Event Preview

November 24, 2014 1:18 pm | by Industrial Distribution Staff | Videos | Comments

The eighth episode of Industrial Distribution's...

Anixter Appoints New Board Member

November 21, 2014 9:24 am | by Anixter | News | Comments

Scott Peppet brings an extensive law background to Anixter's team.        ...

Kaman Announces Contract To Support Aircraft Upgrade For Peru

November 20, 2014 9:53 am | by Kaman | News | Comments

Kaman will remanufacture and upgrade four Kaman...

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MSC Industrial CFO To Retire

November 17, 2014 4:41 pm | by MSC Industrial | News | Comments

Jeff Kaczka will continue in his current role until a new CFO has been appointed as MSC has begun the process to identify his successor.

Bearings Distributor BDI Taking B2C Conversion In Stride

November 13, 2014 4:30 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

BDI E-Business Manager Steve Grzymkowski shares his thoughts on how distributors are handling a transition from business-to-business to one of business-to-customer, including how BDI is trying to stay ahead of the curve.       

Grainger Reports October Sales, Provides Outlook

November 13, 2014 10:36 am | by Grainger | News | Comments

Along with healthy October sales growth, Grainger plans to increase investments in growth and infrastructure in 2015 by $115 to $150 million.                               

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Applied Industrial Technologies Opens New DC In California

November 13, 2014 9:51 am | by Applied Industrial Technologies | News | Comments

The facility will maintain an inventory of tens of thousands of products and ship directly to customers in an 11-state region of the western U.S.                              

MSC Achieves ISO Certification For Customer Fulfillment Centers

November 13, 2014 9:42 am | by MSC Industrial Supply | News | Comments

ISO 9001:2008 certification is awarded to organizations that meet specific requirements for assuring quality in the services and products they supply.                             

Jack Keough: Another Look At The Big 50

November 7, 2014 5:12 pm | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Jack Keough discusses the trends of what made companies rise or fall on our annual list of the top 50 industrial distributors by revenue.                                 

Valin Named One Of Silicon Valley’s Fastest Growing Companies

November 7, 2014 11:50 am | by Valin | News | Comments

The San Jose Business Journal recognized Valin as the 19th Largest Private Company and the 39th Fastest Growing Private Company in Silicon Valley.                             

Fastenal Announces CEO Resignation

November 7, 2014 9:10 am | by Fastenal | News | Comments

Willard D. Oberton will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board, be actively involved in strategic planning, and will continue to serve as a mentor to newly appointed CEO Leland J. Hein.                

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NOW Inc. Third Quarter Sales Jump 12 Percent

November 6, 2014 3:25 pm | by NOW Inc. | News | Comments

Q3 was DistributionNOW's first full quarter as a stand-alone public entity.                                                  

Lawson Products Takes Business To The Next Level

November 6, 2014 1:11 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Chicago-based Lawson Products has growth on the brain, and a clear path to get there.                                               

Fastenal Reports October Sales

November 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Industrial Distribution Staff | News | Comments

Sales and employee headcount had healthy growth during the month for the No. 12 industrial distributor on ID's 2014 Big 50 List.                                   

Jack Keough: Investments Paying Off For MSC

November 6, 2014 9:19 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

MSC's recent investments temporarily hindered operating margins, but in the end will produce long-term returns in the form of top-line growth, and increased sales and profitability.                   

Applied Reports Quarterly Sales Increase, Elects Independent Chairman

October 29, 2014 9:01 am | News | Comments

Net sales for the quarter grew 16 percent over the same quarter last year and net income increased to $29.1 million, from $26.8 million.                    

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The 2014 Industrial Distribution Big 50 List

September 9, 2014 4:26 pm | by Industrial Distribution Staff | News | Comments

This list reviews the 2013 fiscal year sales results for the companies represented and, for many, sales were relatively flat. Some notable companies even went backwards in 2013, and its no surprise based on variables like confusing regulations, unemployment, and the October government shutdown. With the right tools and resources, some of these companies will have every opportunity to achieve lift-off.

2013 Big 50 List

September 1, 2014 2:46 pm | by Industrial Distribution Staff | News | Comments

The Big 50 list highlights a group of companies who are aggressive and progressive. This year's list shows a significant amount of revenue growth, more than typical amounts of consolidation, and even a notably absent name (Barnes Distribution, now a part of MSC). It’s a tough marketplace, and the strong survive and thrive. If anything in these pages inspires confidence, we hope it’s the leadership of an industry that refuses to slow down.

Industrial Distribution's 2014 Big 50 Video Countdown

August 13, 2014 5:17 pm | Videos | Comments

Industrial Distribution's 2014 video edition of The Big 50 is now available to view.                                                 

Coming Soon: The 2014 Big 50

August 8, 2014 4:25 pm | by Industrial Distribution | Videos | Comments

Register to check out this year's edition of our list of the top 50 industrial distributors by revenue.                                          

MRC Global Has Near-Record Quarter

August 4, 2014 10:55 am | News | Comments

According to chairman Andrew Lane, MRC's Q2 was the second highest quarterly revenue in the company's history.                        

DXP Q2 Sales Increase 23.9%

August 4, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

"During the second quarter, we had strong organic growth within Supply Chain Services, organic sales were essentially flat within our Innovative Pumping Solutions and we had a modest increase within Service Centers," said CEO David Little.

Interline Brands Sales, Profits Up

August 4, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Gross profit increased $7.2 million, or 5.2%, to $145.6 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $138.3 million for the second quarter of 2013.                

FCX Acquires Pump Energy Inc.

August 4, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

The move represents a bid to grow Columbus-based FCX along the Gulf Coast.                              

Hisco Inc. Acquires HMC Electronics

August 4, 2014 9:10 am | by Hisco, Inc. | News | Comments

HMC distributes over 300 different brands and over 10,000 technical supplies to companies involved with the design, assembly, test, and repair of PC boards, sub-assemblies and electronic equipment.         

Sales Up at GPC, Motion Industries

July 21, 2014 9:13 am | by Genuine Parts Company | News | Comments

Thomas C. Gallagher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GPC, announced that record sales totaling $3.9 billion were up six percent compared to the second quarter of 2013, and that Motion Industries's sales were up seven percent.

Acklands-Grainger Announces Agreement to Acquire WFS Enterprises Inc.

July 21, 2014 8:45 am | by Acklands-Grainger | News | Comments

Acklands-Grainger, Canada’s largest distributor of industrial, safety and fastener products, today announced its agreement to acquire WFS Enterprises Inc., a leading distributor of tools and supplies to industrial markets in Southern Ontario and select U.S. locations.

Praxair Expands New Mexico Facility

July 11, 2014 12:31 pm | by Praxair, Inc. | News | Comments

Demand for nitrogen continues to grow as oil and gas operators develop new resources in the San Juan Basin, which includes southwestern CO, northwestern NM and adjacent areas in AZ and UT.                   

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