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.

Though there was a fair amount of news from company announcements this past week, it was ID blogs from Grainger Show, thought leadership and market analysis...
2.23.2018
10:21am
Workplace essential products distributor Essendant announced plans for restructuring that includes facility consolidations and workforce reductions after its...
2.22.2018
10:54am
In this episode of ID Quick Hits, editor Mike Hockett recaps Q4 financials for Lincoln Electric, Motion Industries and DXP Enterprises, as well as Grainger CEO...
2.22.2018
10:10am
Chicago-based MRO products distributor Lawson Products reported continued strong sales and profit in Q4, powered by the company's recent acquisition of...
2.22.2018
9:50am
ID editor Mike Hockett discusses the biggest takeaways about Grainger's inventory management program — KeepStock — from executives at the recent Grainger...
2.22.2018
8:00am
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Motion Industries president and CEO Tim Breen has been named the 2017 GPC Manager of the Year, the highest individual honor bestowed by Genuine Parts Company.
2.20.2018
4:16pm
Genuine Parts Company reported its 2017 fourth quarter and full-year financial results on Tuesday, showing that sales grew considerably year-over-year at...
2.20.2018
10:03am
The Ethisphere Institute released its annual "World's Most Ethical Companies" accolade, honoring 135 companies that influence and drive positive...
2.16.2018
1:44pm
This past week on ID was dominated by exclusive items, including two regarding Amazon's reported entry into the delivery market, editor Mike Hockett'...
2.16.2018
10:35am
Grainger shed nearly 100 physical branches during 2017 — most of them outside the U.S. — but at Grainger Show 2018 earlier this week, chairman and CEO DG...
2.16.2018
10:15am
Ever wonder what picking operations look like at a major industrial distributor? Get a first-hand view in this video posted by a picker at one of Home Depot...
2.16.2018
9:14am
Industrial PVF distributor MRC Global's major rebound in 2017 was capped off by 25.6 percent year-over-year sales growth in Q4 and by far its best profit...
2.15.2018
5:00pm
ID editor Mike Hockett recaps what he saw Monday and Tuesday at Grainger Show 2018 in Orlando, FL, which included an inside look at what the company is up to...
2.15.2018
10:48am
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Greensboro, NC-based Tencarva Machinery Company, No. 44 on ID's Big 50 List, has acquired Beaumont, TX-based distributor Saladin Pump & Equipment Co....
2.15.2018
10:24am
Fort Worth, TX-based Bluff Manufacturing, a provider of safety equipment for loading docks and warehouses, has acquired North Wales, PA-based non-motorized...
2.15.2018
10:04am
Amazon's reported upcoming entry into the business delivery space, though almost expected, has raised eyebrows across the distribution space and B2B...
2.15.2018
9:00am
Solid organic growth and international acquisitions led to a 32.5 percent year-over-year rise in Q4 sales at Lincoln Electric, which said it is eyeing closures...
2.14.2018
11:00am
Houston-based NOW Inc., which does business as DistributionNOW, reported its 2017 fourth quarter and full-year fiscal performance on Wednesday, led by...
2.14.2018
9:40am
ID editor Mike Hockett was in Orlando at the 2018 Grainger Show through Tuesday. Get his impressions from Monday's activities, sights and sounds and a...
2.13.2018
8:00am
ID editor Mike Hockett talks with Lawson Products CEO Michael DeCata and SVP of Supply Chain & Development Shane McCarthy about the company's recent...
2.12.2018
8:30am
Houston-based global valves and actuators distributor AIV has acquired Pittsburgh-based Velan valves master distributor Zenith Supply for an undisclosed amount.
2.9.2018
10:14am
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ID's exclusive news-breaking about Berkshire Hathaway's acquisition of Production Tool Supply and resulting formation of MROP wholesaler Berkshire...
2.9.2018
10:08am
Long-swirling rumors of Amazon creating its own delivery service rivaling FedEx and UPS gained major steam Friday morning as the Wall Street Journal reported...
2.9.2018
9:44am
Kenosha, WI-based tool maker Snap-on reported its 2017 fourth quarter and full-year financial figures on Thursday, which included healthy overall gains in...
2.8.2018
11:02am
Amazon announced Wednesday it has launched Amazon Business in France, making the platform now available in six countries. Here, Mike Hockett analyzes the...
2.7.2018
4:01pm
ID editor Mike Hockett recaps our exclusive story on Berkshire Hathaway's acquisition of Production Tool Supply that resulted in new master wholesaler...
2.7.2018
11:10am
Material handling products manufacturer Columbus McKinnon reported its 2018 third quarter fiscal results Tuesday, showing that sales spiked 37 percent, with a...
2.7.2018
11:02am
The company said off-highway and industrial distribution end-markets drove organic growth, with its Process Industries segment growing sales by more than 24...
2.7.2018
10:10am
Green Bay, WI-based distributor Packer Fastener on Tuesday announced the official launch of its new online platform that for the first time features e-commerce.
2.7.2018
9:10am
FCH Sourcing Network and the National Fastener Distributors Association released their monthly Fastener Distributor Index for January on Tuesday, showing a...
2.6.2018
2:14pm
Winona, MN-based Fastenal reported its January sales information on Tuesday, led by continued strong year-over-year sales growth, though daily sales grew...
2.6.2018
1:12pm
The U.S. active rig count dipped by one last week, while the price of oil started and ended the week near the $65 mark.
2.5.2018
9:35am
In the fall of 2017, Berkshire Hathaway acquired MROP distributor Production Tool Supply and created a new wholesale division, Berkshire eSupply. In this...
2.5.2018
9:00am
Industrial tooling and materials supplier Kennametal reported major growth across the board in Q2, led by 17 percent organic growth in its Industrial segment.
2.2.2018
4:23pm
Thought-leadership pieces dominated content readership on ID for a second-straight week, discussing implications of the new tax law, contractor relationships...
2.2.2018
10:45am
Cleveland, OH-based ParkOhio announced Thursday that it has acquired Canton Drop Forge, Inc., a custom closed dropped forging supplier headquartered in Canton...
2.2.2018
10:22am
The e-commerce giant sales continued to accelerate throughout 2017, capped by 38 percent year-over-year growth in Q4 and a 69 percent in operating profit.
2.1.2018
4:17pm
In this ID Quick Hits episode, editor Mike Hockett recaps Newell Brands' plans to drastically slash its number of brands and manufacturing footprint, and...
2.1.2018
10:45am
Following considerable management and structural changes in management, as well as a reduced factory footprint, the bearings maker has now achieved five...
2.1.2018
10:34am