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.

Monday will be the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1979, and the approved glasses to view the event are now hard to find. See how one Fastenal...
8.18.2017
9:41am
It's almost here. We're less than a week away from starting to unveil the 2017 Industrial Distribution Big 50 List of the largest distributors of...
8.18.2017
9:12am
This past week was relatively light on major news, so it was a trio of thought-leadership articles that were big items. And with our 2017 Big 50 List set to...
8.17.2017
12:18pm
Grainger is reportedly closing two northwest Chicago suburb locations that will shift about 500 employees to its nearby headquarters in Lake Forest, IL. The...
8.17.2017
10:26am
The U.S. active oil and gas rig count took another modest dip last week — the latest sign that is has stalled after increasing nearly every week for 13...
8.14.2017
10:20am
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Wajax's industrial products segment posted a year-over-year sales increase of 5.3 percent in Q2, which the company attributes to higher bearings and...
8.14.2017
9:27am
This past week included two notable acquisitions, while thought-leadership pieces regarding sales management and KPI tracking were also well-read.
8.11.2017
10:02am
Though sales were flat compared to Q3, Q4 made great strides year-over-year in total and organic sales, and the company expects further growth throughout its...
8.11.2017
9:20am
In these latest ID Quick Hits, editor Mike Hockett recaps MSC Industrial's acquisition of fellow distributor DECO, Kyocera's acquisition of fastening...
8.9.2017
12:00pm
The move follows Kyocera's 2016 acquisition of SGS Tool Company and its overall plan to increase its North American Cutting Tool sales by 250 percent by...
8.7.2017
4:34pm
Based in Davenport, IA, DECO is a metalworking distributor that had 2016 sales of about $100 million across its 10 branch offices.
8.7.2017
12:54pm
After losing 1,000 jobs in May and adding only 1,000 in June, manufacturing bounced back in July by adding 16,000 jobs. Of that, however, warehousing and...
8.7.2017
10:41am
The U.S. active oil and gas rig count — which had been increasing nearly every week for almost seven straight months — appears to be essentially stalled.
8.7.2017
9:46am
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The company's recent acquisition of Manufacturer's Supply Company helped boost fastener sales more than 11 percent year-over-year, while total sales...
8.4.2017
10:57am
It's been a busy week of news regarding executive appointments and changes at well-known industrial manufacturers, while an infographic comparing Amazon...
8.4.2017
10:27am
We're in the midst of another fiscal earnings reporting period, with many well-known industrial distributors and suppliers posting their latest quarterly...
8.4.2017
10:15am
Sales increased year-over-year across all product lines, including a 9.4 percent jump in valves, automation and instrumentation sales, while line pipe sales...
8.4.2017
9:45am
Bearings maker Timken has been acquiring fellow suppliers at a break-neck pace over the past 13 months, adding six companies in that time. ID recently spoke...
8.3.2017
9:14am
Ramsey, MN-based B&F Fastener Supply has broken ground on a new 20,000 square foot facility in St. Cloud, as the company has outgrown its current location...
8.2.2017
2:17pm
In this latest Quick Hits episode, ID editor Mike Hockett recaps news of new CEO or president appointments at ORS Nasco, Motor City Industrial, Ferguson and...
8.2.2017
1:33pm
Following its previously announced succession plan a year ago, Grainger has announced the retirement of board chairman and former CEO Jim Ryan, who will be...
8.2.2017
10:34am
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Columbus, OH-based specialty flow control distributor FCX Performance has announced the completed acquisition of Encova Inc., a Cary, NC-based professional...
8.2.2017
10:00am
DistributionNOW's Q2 sales jumped a whopping 30 percent year-over-year and improved from Q1, while the company's long-standing net loss continued to...
8.2.2017
9:35am
Sales Kaman's Distribution segment — Kaman Industrial Technologies — posted another modest year-over-year decline and solid sequential improvement in Q2,...
8.1.2017
10:03am
On Monday, England-based Wolseley plc officially completed its company rebranding and name change to Ferguson, and is now under the direction of a new CEO.
7.31.2017
1:24pm
Otis Elevator president Philippe Delpech will become Sonepar CEO on Sept. 4, completing the company's governance restructuring that it first announced in...
7.31.2017
12:37pm
Air Liquide's 2016 acquisition of Airgas helped boost Q2 sales by nearly 20 percent year-over-year and make Americas sales soar by nearly 55 percent.
7.31.2017
10:33am
Grainger veteran Chris Kempa — who has been with industrial master wholesaler ORS Nasco since September 2015 — has been its new company president, as well as...
7.31.2017
10:05am
The U.S. active oil and gas rig count had a solid increase last week following three straight weeks of non-gains, while the price of oil climbed throughout...
7.31.2017
9:43am
Uber recently launched an on-demand freight service — Uber Freight — which could disrupt the freight logistics market in the way that the company's...
7.31.2017
9:35am
Two content pieces regarding Amazon Business helped lead the way on ID this past week, as well as part three of our Salary Report, which focuses on sales...
7.28.2017
10:20am
We're in the midst of another fiscal earnings reporting period, with many well-known industrial distributors and suppliers posting their latest quarterly...
7.28.2017
10:20am
Rusty Duncan passed away last week at the age of 69. He was president of Duncan Company, founder and president of Industrial Market Information, a past...
7.27.2017
3:57pm
The move comes six months after Pennslyvania-based TestEquity announced the acquisition of Stanley Black & Decker subsidiary JENSEN Tools + Supply back in...
7.27.2017
2:14pm
Wheeling, IL-based DGI Supply — No. 35 on Industrial Distribution's Big 50 List — announced that it plans to purchase San Leandro, CA-based Coast Tool...
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7.27.2017
1:45pm
While total sales were flat, the company posted its first year-over-year organic sales gain since Q1 2015, led by healthy growth in WESCO's Industrial...
7.27.2017
10:21am
The company posted healthy total and organic sales growth in the quarter, while 12.4 percent reduced operating expenses boosted profits.
7.27.2017
10:00am
E-commerce giant Amazon provided two key updated figures about its B2B supply segment — Amazon Business — on Tuesday, illustrating the unit's remarkable...
7.26.2017
9:33am
The company had a continued small year-over-year sales decline, though smaller than in Q1, while it posted its second straight sequential sales increase after...
7.26.2017
9:20am