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United Stationers Officially Rebrands As Essendant

May 29, 2015 10:05 am | by United Stationers | News | Comments

United Stationers Supply Co., Azerty, LagasseSweet, and ORS Nasco will come together under the Essendant brand starting June 1, while MEDCO will follow shortly thereafter.

ID's Top 5 Of The Week

May 29, 2015 8:11 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

​ID's top items over the past seven days have been a true mixed bag, including a piece written...

WinWholesale Opens WinSupply In Cedar Rapids, IA

May 28, 2015 12:02 pm | by WinWholesale | News | Comments

The branch will serve plumbing contractors in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area in eastern...

BDI Opens New Branch In Tulsa, OK

May 26, 2015 2:55 pm | News | Comments

The new facility is the company's first in Oklahoma, and gives BDI 208 locations worldwide.

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Kimball Midwest Opens Expanded Headquarters

May 20, 2015 3:23 pm | by Kimball Midwest | News | Comments

The 168,000 square foot expansion connected the office and distribution center with about 123,000 of additional distribution center space and approximately 45,000 square feet of dedicated office space.

Q&A: DGI Supply COO Talks New E-Commerce Website

May 15, 2015 8:49 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

ID editor Mike Hockett sat down with DGI Supply COO Bill Henricks during the recent ISA Convention for an exclusive interview to discuss the company's revamped e-commerce offering, as well as its most recent acquisition.

ID's Top 5 Of The Week

May 15, 2015 8:40 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Three Big 50 companies populate the top items from the past 7 days on ID, while a pricing best-practices article leads the way.

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May/June Editorial: An Experience Brings The Industry To Life

May 15, 2015 8:10 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

ID executive editor Anna wells discusses our May/June digital edition, highlighting the 68th Annual Survey of Distributor Operations, as well as Jack Keough's Distributor Profile on United Distribution Group.

Grainger U.S. Sales Tick Up In April, Decline In Canada

May 13, 2015 9:49 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

ID's Big 50 No. 3 company had a modest year-over-year sales increase, driven by a slight increase in the U.S., offset by a decrease in Canada.

Airgas Acquires Valley Air Supply

May 12, 2015 10:12 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Airgas adds the Alabama-based industrial gas and welding supply distributor's four locations and 30 associates.

Report: Fastenal Planning Major Expansion For NC Distribution Hub

May 12, 2015 9:55 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

An eight to nine year expansion project will increase the company's distribution center in High Point, NC to nearly 300,000 feet, while daily orders have already ramped up.

May/June Digital Edition

May 12, 2015 9:16 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Industrial Distribution's 2015 May/June issue features our 68th Annual Survey of Distributor Operations – an in-depth report highlighting critical issues for distributors with data to help drive business decisions. Other features include a distributor profile on United Distribution Group, Jack Keough's Closer Look at non-residential construction, and a Manufacturer's View on service value.

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Grainger Adds Safety Expertise, Resources For Customers

May 11, 2015 12:16 pm | by Grainger | News | Comments

Grainger has provided updates on its new Qualified Safety Sales Professionals, which have pushed the company's total to 80 company-wide.

Kaman Forms Brand For Automation, Control, And Energy Management

May 11, 2015 9:19 am | by Kaman Industrial Technologies | News | Comments

The new brand, supported by 500 employees, will serve original equipment manufacturers, industrial production plants, and infrastructure facilities throughout the world.

Grainger Opens Oilfield Supply Branch In North Dakota

May 8, 2015 1:48 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The new branch offers more than 1.4 million products to the Bakken oilfield region.

ID's Top 5 Of The Week

May 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Despite four ID Big 50 companies, several major electrical distributors, and industrial manufacturers reporting their Q1 financials, it was a trio of 'non-news' items that populated the top items this week, including two blogs from my time at the recent ISA 2015 convention.

Oil Market Drags On DXP Enterprises' Q1 Sales, Profit

May 7, 2015 5:12 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Despite a healthy sales increase in its Supply Chain Services segment revenue, rig decline and falling oil prices hurt overall sales and profit.

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NOW Inc. Q1 Sales, Profit Suffer From Rig Decline

May 7, 2015 9:44 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Despite completing three acquisitions in Q1 and seven since the company's spinoff in 2014, a 28 percent U.S. oil rig decline in the quarter was too much to offset.

Mining, Oil Sands Drive Wajax Industrial's Q1 Sales Growth

May 6, 2015 10:01 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Wajax said that its 2014 restructuring efforts have resulted in the Industrial Components segment's significant improvement in earnings, based on both cost reduction and improved selling effectiveness.

Airgas Celebrates New Specialty Gas Facility In Utah

May 5, 2015 4:53 pm | by Airgas | News | Comments

The state-of-the-art facility will add jobs to the region and further expand the company’s capacity to serve customers throughout the western U.S.

Lawson Products Awarded National TCPN Contract

May 5, 2015 1:21 pm | by Lawson Products | News | Comments

Under the contract, Lawson will provide MRO supplies to government entities nationwide on a discount offered on its entire MRO product offering.

Fastenal Sales And Sales Hiring Continue Rise In April

May 5, 2015 11:19 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The company had a healthy year-over-year sales increase, while its selling personnel increased by more than 100 in the month.

Interline Brands Boosts Q1 Sales, Reduces Profit Loss

May 1, 2015 10:10 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Having recently consolidated five of its brands into newly-launched SupplyWorks, Interline grew sales to institutional facilities customers by nearly 6 percent.

MRC Global Q1 Sales Dip, Profit Rises

May 1, 2015 9:48 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

MRC's quarter included organic growth of 21 percent in U.S. sales, which was offset by an overall decrease in upstream sales from reduced customer spending.

ID's Top 5 Of The Week

May 1, 2015 8:25 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The industry was rocked by the big news that Amazon will absorb AmazonSupply into Amazon Business. News of multiple acquisitions were big items, while seven ID Big 50 companies also released their quarterly financials this past week.

Sales Force Training Hampers Lawson Products Q1 Earnings

April 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Lost productivity due to enhancing its sales force hampered Lawson's first quarter sales impact, though the company is confident it will pay off in the long run.

Airgas Reports 2015 Q4, Full Year Earnings

April 30, 2015 9:45 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Airgas attributed a slight profit decrease to falling oil prices and the strong dollar, while quarterly and full year sales still posted modest gains.

Applied Industrial Posts Double-Digit Q3 Sales Growth

April 30, 2015 9:18 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Applied had another big quarter despite currency headwinds, with its nine-month sales now at a 15 percent year-over-year increase.

Kaman Industrial Tech. Sales Soar In Q1

April 30, 2015 9:01 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Kaman's sales were helped by four additional selling days in the quarter, leading a sixth straight quarter of organic growth.

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