Mike Hockett
Editor

Mike Hockett is the Editor of Industrial Distribution and Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation magazines. He has been working on ID since August 2014, providing news, articles, blogs and video covering a wide variety of topics about the industrial distribution landscape. He works from Advantage Business Media's Madison, WI office.

Mike graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 with a B.A. in Print Journalism, and spent the first 7 years of his journalism career in sports writing and editing.

Fort Worth, TX-based MORSCO — a distributor of commercial and residential plumbing, waterworks and HVAC supplies — recent announced a slew of company news, the...
5.22.2018
10:49am
The active U.S. rig count continued its long-standing climb last week with a miniscule gain, while the price of WTI Crude oil settled in above $71.
5.20.2018
9:53am
Motion Industries is staying on the acquisition trail, announcing a West Coast bolt-on addition Friday afternoon.
5.18.2018
4:33pm
Having moved in during mid-April, HD Supply officially opened its new eight-story, 222,500-square-foot headquarters and leadership development center on...
5.18.2018
12:23pm
Thought-leadership articles dominated readership on ID for a second-straight week, while news that Staples is pursuing an acquisition of workplace essentials...
5.18.2018
11:00am
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Parker Hannifin reportedly is combining its industrial and hydraulic hose businesses into a new Hose Products Division, though distributor and manufacturer...
5.18.2018
10:12am
On Wednesday, it was announced that Staples is pursuing buying diversified workplace essentials distributor Essendant, making an offer just five days after...
5.17.2018
11:21am
Longview, WA-based Mallory Safety and Supply remains on the acquisition trail, adding Denver, CO-based Essential Safety Products in a move that gains it four...
5.15.2018
10:11am
The active U.S. rig count continued its long-standing climb last week with another healthy gain, while the price of WTI Crude oil was above $71 multiple days.
5.14.2018
9:26am
ID editor Mike Hockett chats with Martin Rohde, Head of Commercial Customers at Amazon Business, about how the e-supplier helps its more than 85,000 sellers...
5.14.2018
8:30am
This was a pretty quiet week as far as major industrial distribution market news, especially compared to the previous week, which included numerous...
5.11.2018
10:22am
Mississauga, Ontario-based Wajax Corp. reported its 2018 first quarter financial results earlier this week, showing solid year-over-year growth overall, while...
5.9.2018
1:52pm
In our latest ID Quick Hits episode, editor Mike Hockett recaps IBT Inc.'s business entity restructuring and leadership changes, an update on oil prices...
5.9.2018
10:30am
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Houston-based MROP distributor DXP Enterprises posted its fifth straight quarter of sequential sales growth in Q1, with major growth in its Service Centers and...
5.9.2018
10:07am
The Institute for Supply Management released its Spring 2018 Semiannual Economic Forecast, which showed that expectations for the remainder of 2018 continue to...
5.9.2018
8:30am
Orange, CT-based Colony Hardware announced two acquisitions last week, purchasing Fort Myers, FL-based Brinker Brown Fastener & Supply and Rochester, NY-...
5.7.2018
7:19pm
After 10 straight quarters of year-over-year sales declines from 2015-2017, Kaman Industrial Technologies' appears to be back on solid footing with two...
5.7.2018
5:30pm
R.W. Baird and FCH Sourcing Network released their monthly Fastener Distributor Index for April on Monday, showing a notable decrease last month, and its third...
5.7.2018
3:40pm
The active U.S. rig count continued its long-standing climb last week with another healthy gain, while the price of WTI Crude oil surpassed a notable milestone...
5.7.2018
9:31am
Fastenal's April included continued considerable sales growth across the board, with the pace of growth in national account customers increasing further.
5.4.2018
1:29pm
Three acquisitions involving ID Big 50 List companies expectedly were traffic leaders this past week, while a thought-leadership piece on e-commerce and a...
5.4.2018
9:57am
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We're in the midst of another fiscal earnings reporting period, with many publicly-traded industrial distributors and suppliers posting their latest...
5.3.2018
2:10pm
In this latest episode of ID Quick Hits, editor Mike Hockett recaps four big acquisitions announced in the past week that involved distributors on our Big 50...
5.3.2018
10:40am
MRC Global's sales and profit continued to post considerable year-over-year gains in Q1 2018, which was the first time the company topped $1 billion in...
5.3.2018
9:35am
Systemax's industrial products group — which is comprised nearly entirely of Global Industrial (No. 21 on ID's Big 50) — had continued strong year-...
5.3.2018
9:30am
Paris, France-based Air Liquide announced Wednesday that its Radnor, PA-based subsidiary Airgas has acquired Ohio-based Weiler Welding Company in a move that...
5.2.2018
1:47pm
DistributionNOW has increased its sales and earnings in nearly every quarter since the middle of 2016, and that continued in the first quarter of 2018 as the...
5.2.2018
10:09am
Ryan Herco Flow Solutions becomes the third of ID's Big 50 List companies to be acquired in a nine-month span, joining the fold at Addison, IL-based...
5.1.2018
1:25pm
MSC Industrial Supply has announced its second acquisition in nine months, on Tuesday stating it has purchased Wisconsin-based fastener distributor and service...
5.1.2018
10:25am
The active U.S. rig count continued its long-standing climb last week, adding another eight while the price of oil peaked early in the week and then opened...
4.30.2018
10:05am
Interline Brands has agreed to pay $16.5 million to settle a class action suit alleging a faulty toilet part Interline distributed causes flooding, which the...
4.30.2018
8:40am
We're about to close submissions for Survey of Operations! At 5 p.m. CT today, April 30, we'll pull the results. So if you haven't taken the...
4.30.2018
8:30am
While recaps of the latest quarterly financial numbers for industrial distributors and suppliers were popular items these past two weeks on ID, a recap of a...
4.27.2018
11:00am
Industrial manufacturing conglomerate Honeywell is voluntarily recalling more than 82,000 hard hats because they may fail, putting workers at risk of head...
4.26.2018
11:32am
Deerfield, IL-based workplace essentials distributor Essendant — which announced April 12 that it will merge with Genuine Parts Company office products...
4.26.2018
10:06am
HD Supply is recalling 144,000 ceiling fans after receiving more than a dozen reports of blades falling and posing an impact hazard.
4.26.2018
10:00am
Pittsburgh, PA-based electrical and industrial products distributor WESCO International reported its 2018 first quarter financial results on Thursday, showing...
4.26.2018
9:45am
Roughly two months after completing its $768 million acquisition of fellow MRO products distributor FCX Performance, Applied Industrial Technologies reported...
4.26.2018
9:25am
We're in the midst of another fiscal earnings reporting period, with many well-known industrial distributors and suppliers posting their latest quarterly...
4.25.2018
1:40pm