Grainger, Fastenal, Amazon Lead ID's Top 15 Of 2015

From the West Coast Port shutdown and the announcement of Amazon Business, to major company acquisitions, to the "industrial recession," it was another whirlwind year across the industrial distribution market. Here's what made the most noise on ID in 2015.

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2015 was another whirlwind year of activity across the industrial distribution market. From the West Coast Port shutdown, to major company mergers, to the developing "industrial recession" tied to oil prices and foreign exchange headwinds, the biggest items on ID this year included the industry's most well-known companies.

Here's the headlines that made the most noise on ID in 2015, in countdown fashion.

15. Home Depot To Buy Interline Brands For $1.63B (July 22)

14. Big 50 Companies Airgas, Grainger, And Wolseley Named 'Most Admired' By Fortune (February 23)

13. West Coast Port Shutdown Could Be Days Away (February 5)

12. Jack Keough: Who Is Buying From Amazon? (July 6)

11. Anixter Sells Fasteners Unit For $380 Million (February 12)

10. Takeaways From Grainger Show 2015 (March 4)

9. Grainger COO Talks Company Outlook, Struggles & Successes In Friday Presentation (September 18)

8. A Gloomy October In Industrial Distribution (October 29)

7. Distributor Profile: Fastenal (September 14)

6. The Latest On Amazon's New & Planned U.S. Distribution Centers (March 9)

5. Grainger Shedding 200 Management Jobs, Talks Branch Closings & New Northeast DC (November 24)

4. Fastenal To Pay $1.25 Million To Settle Hiring Discrimination Lawsuit (October 8)

3. Grainger Cuts Outlook, Branches As Q3 Profit Sinks (October 16)

2. The 2015 Industrial Distribution Big 50 List (September 16), and Big 50 Video Countdown (August 27)

1. Amazon Announces ‘Amazon Business,’ Will Close AmazonSupply (April 28)

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