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.

In these latest ID Quick Hits, editor Mike Hockett recaps 3M's new leadership changes and appointments, and acquisitions for distributors Tech Air and...
6.21.2017
10:28am
ISA's Distributor and Manufacturer Indexes both showed considerable growth in May, with the Distributor Index showing its highest reading since February...
6.21.2017
9:50am
Six weeks before the company's official rebranding as Ferguson, U.K.-based Wolseley reported its 2017 third quarter fiscal results on Tuesday, led by a...
6.20.2017
10:52am
Cleveland, OH-based motion control technologies supplier Parker Hannifin made a trio of announcements last week, including two changes in vice president...
6.19.2017
1:22pm
The U.S. active oil and gas rig count continued its long-standing gain last week with a modest increase, while the price of WTI Crude oil fell below $45 for...
6.19.2017
10:44am
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F.W. Webb on Monday announced that its new 90,000-square-foot store/showroom in Piscataway, NY is now open for business, and recently announced a series of...
6.19.2017
10:29am
Several items involving CEOs of major distribution firms were big items on ID this past week, along with editor Mike Hockett's blog showing where...
6.16.2017
10:30am
Amazon has announced new fulfillment centers in North Haven, CT and Thornton, CO — a Denver suburb. Amazon has now announced 13 new fulfillment centers so far...
6.15.2017
4:20pm
These latest ID Quick Hits, editor Mike Hockett recaps the resignation of Essendant's president & CEO and interim replacement, newly-opened...
6.15.2017
10:00am
More than 150 CEOs of major companies have signed on to the ‘CEO Action For Diversity & Inclusion’ pledge — the self-described largest CEO-driven business...
6.14.2017
9:11am
Robert Aiken has resigned as president and CEO of Essendant to take the same position at a food processing company a short drive south, while Essendant has...
6.13.2017
10:29am
Voice technology has already been used in warehousing operations for several decades, but only recently has it really gained steam. ID recently spoke with...
6.13.2017
9:02am
The U.S. and Canada rig counts each posted solid gains last week, while the price of WTI Crude oil fell more than $2 per barrel into the mid-50s.
6.12.2017
9:30am
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Last week Fortune released its 63rd annual Fortune 500 List of the largest U.S.-based companies based on revenue. See where industrial distributors — including...
6.12.2017
9:02am
Grainger officially launched its new e-commerce offering, Gamut.com, on Monday, and news and analysis of it dominated traffic on ID since. Also making waves...
6.9.2017
10:27am
It's practically summer, and at this time of year, more and more manufacturing customers need to ramp up their efforts to keep their facilities cool. ID...
6.9.2017
9:47am
Ferguson Enterprises will build a new IT campus in its headquarters city of Newport News, VA, retaining 1,000 jobs and creating an additional 400+. Ferguson...
6.8.2017
12:52pm
One person was killed Tuesday at Target distribution center in northeast Texas in an accident involving a lift, according to officials.
6.7.2017
12:45pm
Amazon has already made three separate announcements this month for new fulfillment centers, planned for Miami, FL, Fresno, CA and Jefferson, GA.
6.7.2017
10:48am
Fastenal's May was its best month for year-over-year daily sales growth since January 2015, while it made strong gains in full-time store personnel...
6.6.2017
3:45pm
These latest Quick Hits cover HD Supply's announced $2.5 billion sale of its Waterworks unit, Grainger's official launch of Gamut.com on Monday, and...
6.6.2017
11:16am
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Paul Merriman, founder and 30-year president of industrial distributor Hisco, passed away on Saturday, June 3 at the age of 90. He is widely credited with...
6.5.2017
1:51pm
The divestment will leave HD Supply with two business units: Facilities Maintenance and Construction & Industrial. It follows the company's two other...
6.5.2017
11:55am
The U.S. added 11 oil rigs last week, marking its 20th straight increase and 30th in the past 31. Meanwhile, the U.S. lost five gas rigs while the price of oil...
6.5.2017
10:26am
While Grainger's new Gamut.com e-commerce offering has been accessible since early May, the company officially launched the website Monday morning with a...
6.5.2017
9:54am
Details about Grainger's new Gamut.com offering dominated news on ID this past week, while MSC Industrial's hire of Lowe's former chief supply...
6.2.2017
10:31am
The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a 14-year low in May despite a disappointing number of jobs added, while manufacturing posted its first overall jobs loss...
6.2.2017
10:13am
Lawson Products is celebrating its 65th anniversary throughout 2017 with a series of events, but it'll be hard to top what it did on Wednesday.
6.1.2017
9:55am
Columbus McKinnon's Q4 sales jumped more than 18 percent year-over-year, thanks to its acquisition of STAHL CraneSystems, while organic sales saw modest...
5.31.2017
4:26pm
These latest ID Quick Hits cover Grainger CEO D.G. Macpherson's recent comments about the company's latest digital offering, Gamut.com, and news that...
5.31.2017
9:55am
The U.S. combined rig count continued its long-standing gain while number the drilled-but-uncompleted wells also had a healthy one-month gain. Meanwhile, the...
5.26.2017
2:55pm
On Wednesday, Grainger CEO D.G. Macpherson gave a presentation at the company’s Electrical Products Group Conference in Longboat Key, FL, where he shared...
5.26.2017
9:04am
Lowe's drew the most attention on ID this past week with news of its pending $512 million acquisition of a residential MRO distributor, while our Survey...
5.25.2017
1:23pm
These latest ID Quick Hits cover Lowe's pending acquisition of multifamily housing industry MRO distributor Maintenance Supply Headquarters, and our...
5.24.2017
10:38am
It's time again for ID's Salary Survey, which we'll use to make our upcoming Annual Salary Report. Featured in our July/August print and digital...
5.23.2017
12:47pm
Lowe's combined multifamily MRO business will include 16 distribution centers upon the completed transaction of Maintenance Supply Wholesalers. The move...
5.23.2017
10:24am
Friday's combined U.S. rig count cracked the 900 mark for the first time since May 1, 2015. Meanwhile, the price of WTI crude oil climbed back above $50...
5.22.2017
10:05am
In this third and final part to our annual survey, see distributor stats regarding how they view their value-added services and the factors impacting...
5.22.2017
9:04am
ISA's Distributors and Manufacturers Indexes both indicated continued growth in April, albeit at a noticeably slower rate than March while members'...
5.19.2017
2:43pm