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It's been a busy week of news in the industrial distribution market, though expectedly, the article version of our 2017 Big 50 List dominated traffic on ID. My piece on distributors' response to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey fared well, while news of Fairmont Supply's new CEO and continued growth for overall U.S. manufacturing also were big items.
Here's this week's Top 5
Industrial Distribution's 2017 Big 50 List: You've seen this year's Big 50 List in the print issue, digital edition and/or our countdown videos (or if you haven't, you really should). Here, see the list in a condensed, easy-reference version. See where your company and competitors rank, who moved up, who moved down and who joined the list this year.
Industrial Distributors' Response To Harvey: Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey has had a devastating impact on southeast Texas and the Houston area, which is a hotbed for industrial distributors and suppliers. Here, see the responses from a variety of major distributors, including Motion Industries, DXP Enterprises, DistributionNOW, SBP Holdings, Edgen Murray and others.
Fairmont Supply Appoints Former FleetPride, HD Supply VP As CEO: Washington, PA-based MRO distributor Fairmont Supply — No. 49 on ID's Big 50 List — recently appointed 20-year industrial supply veteran Paul Fichiera as its new leader.
U.S. Manufacturing PMI Now Highest Since April 2011: August's PMI reading was its highest since April 2011's 58.9. The second-highest in that span was August 2014's 58.1, with the new reading showing that the current U.S. manufacturing economy is on solid footing.
Following Acquisition, HD Supply Waterworks Is Now Core & Main: Following its Aug. 1 completed $2.5 billion acquisition by private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, HD Supply Waterworks is now its own standalone company, complete with a new name: Core & Main.