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Van Meter To Offer Solar Training For Contractors

March 31, 2015 11:34 am | by Van Meter Inc. | News | Comments

A three-day educational course from April 7-9 positions installers for success in the emerging solar market.

DGI Supply To Acquire North Carolina's East Metro Supply

March 30, 2015 3:38 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

DGI plans to consolidate its current Charlotte, NC location – which includes local inventory and...

Airgas To Build $64 Million Plant In Tuscaloosa

March 27, 2015 9:26 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Construction is slated to start in September, and Airgas plans to open the plant in April 2017...

ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

An analysis on Fastenal, OSHA's 2014 most cited workplace safety violations, and financial...

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HD Supply Takes $93M Loss In Q4

March 24, 2015 10:37 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A considerable loss on extinguishment and modification of debt dragged down HD Supply's profit, even though its Waterworks, Power Solutions, and White Cap segments each showed healthy sales growth in Q4 and for the year.

Wolseley Posts H1 Loss Despite Strong U.S. Growth

March 24, 2015 9:53 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Overall sales still grew better than 10 percent, offset by impairment losses, while the company said that its e-commerce business now makes up 13 percent of the group's revenue.

Jack Keough: Looking Back, And Ahead On Fastenal

March 23, 2015 10:44 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

ID contributing editor Jack Keough discusses Fastenal's 2014 – in which it closed 52 stores and opened 24 – as well as the factors that impacted revenue last year and will continue to going forward.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 20, 2015 10:20 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week's top items included articles on the sales front and a discussion on why distributors should look to grow through the oil & gas market, announcements from Fastenal and Interline Brands, and Affiliated Distributors news.

Airgas Slashes Q4 Organic Sales Growth Outlook

March 20, 2015 10:01 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Citing rapid decline in oil prices, impact of the strong U.S. dollar on exporting manufacturers, and challenging weather conditions, Airgas provided a much more subdued Q4 outlook Friday than in its initial projection.

Airgas Names Northern California & Nevada Region President

March 20, 2015 9:45 am | by Airgas | News | Comments

The Airgas NCN Region serves Northern California and Nevada through more than 40 locations and a fleet of nearly 200 vehicles.

The Grainger Foundation Donates $30K To WI Technical College

March 18, 2015 9:37 am | by Mike Hockett | News | Comments

The money goes toward Blackhawk Technical College's Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton, WI – a new facility expected to be completed for the 2015 fall semester.

Interline Brands Merges 5 Brands To Launch SupplyWorks

March 16, 2015 12:23 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

As the unification of five leading Interline brands, SupplyWorks will include more than 140,000 products – spanning everything from MRO, plumbing and cleaning supplies, to HVAC and electrical.

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ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 13, 2015 8:50 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A relatively quiet week across the market didn't include major news on acquisitions or executive leadership changes, but market analysis on Amazon.com, Kaman Industrial Technologies, and the global fasteners market highlighted the past seven days on Industrial Distribution.

Fastenal Awarded National TCPN Contract

March 12, 2015 11:47 am | by Fastenal | News | Comments

Fastenal's contract offers discounts on its entire MRO product line, as well as its vending program, and VMI services.

Fastenal Planning New Building In Geneva, NY

March 12, 2015 9:44 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Fastenal will reportedly move from its current location in the town to the new facility upon completion.

Grainger Reports February Sales Results

March 12, 2015 9:21 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The company had healthy monthly sales growth in the U.S., while Canada sales dropped.

March/April - 2015

March 10, 2015 3:18 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Industrial Distribution's March/April 2015 issue features our distributor profile on Omaha, NE-based John Day Company, whose family-owned roots still have the 106-year-old independent supplier going strong. Also featured is our Guide to the Modern Sales Organization, a best-practices sales advice guide for distributors.

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Airgas Building New Facility In Grand Forks, N.D.

March 10, 2015 9:32 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The new facility will eventually replace Airgas' existing Grand Forks' location.

WESCO Opens Third UK Office

March 9, 2015 9:46 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The new location gives the MRO and OEM distributor a southern office to complement its U.K. branches in Manchester and Aberdeen.

Kimball Midwest Opens Savannah Distribution Center

March 9, 2015 9:25 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The family-owned facility has 20 employees and will continue hiring as Kimball grows into the 142,000 square foot space.

Kaman Industrial Eyes Continued Growth After Solid 2014

March 9, 2015 9:00 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Coming off its biggest acquisition in company history last year, Kaman Industrial Technologies has followed up with hiring expansion and intends to stay active on acquisition front.

ID's Top 5 Of The Week

March 6, 2015 10:43 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week's Top 5 was a mixed bag, highlighted by company strategy news out of February's Grainger Show, Fastenal's monthly sales report, and expansion for Affiliated Distributors.

Airgas Announces New North Division President

March 5, 2015 2:54 pm | by Airgas | News | Comments

Airgas Human Resources VP Pamela Claypool will assume the role in August, following the retirement of Shaun Powers.

Fastenal Reports February Sales

March 4, 2015 12:04 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The company said sales were hurt by the increasing value of the U.S. dollar, investment drop in oil and gas, and harsh February weather.

Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015

March 4, 2015 10:32 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

More than 17,000 people attended the 11th annual Grainger show in Orlando, where the company covered a number topics including social media, safety, e-commerce, and its future.

Wajax Q4, Full Year Profits Drop

March 4, 2015 9:55 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Weak sales in the power systems segment hurt profit margins for 2014, while decreased equipment sales highlighted an overall revenue dip in Q4.

Bossard Shows Modest 2014 Sales, Profit Gains

March 4, 2015 9:28 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The company had disappointing sales in the U.S., but gains in Europe and Asia turned in a positive profit gain.

GHX Industrial Acquires Fugitt Rubber And Supply

March 3, 2015 11:04 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

GHX gains Fugitt’s in-house hose assembly and gasket fabrication capabilities, broadening the company's core product and service offerings.

DXP's Q4 And 2014 Sales Up, Profit Down

March 2, 2015 4:59 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

DXP reported healthy sales increases across the board, but a large impairment charge in Q4 gave the company a net loss.

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