Distribution Industry News

Mutual Industries acquires Harris Industries

Mutual Industries announced the acquisition of Harris Industries, a manufacturer of safety identification products.

Rhodius USA acquires Sundisc Abrasives-managed business

Rhodius USA, the North American subsidiary of German industrial group Rhodius, has acquired the Rhodius-branded business of former exclusive importer Sundisc Abrasives.

3M sales up 4.2 percent

3M reported first quarter sales of $2.7 billion, up 4.2 percent in U.S. dollars.

ITW sales up 6 percent

Illinois Tool Works Inc. reported first-quarter revenue grew 6.0% to $3.5 billion.

Sandvik revenues up 10.5 percent

Sandvik reported revenues of SEK 21.76 billion ($2.47 billion) for the first quarter, a 10.5 percent gain from SEK 19.7 billion ($2.24 billion) in the same period last year.

Chicago Fed National Activity Index shows slower growth

Led by slower growth in employment-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index moved down to +0.08 in March from +0.27 in February.

Jury Finds Against NAPA and Genuine Parts

A jury this week was unanimous in its finding that NAPA Auto Parts and Genuine Parts Corp. were liable in the asbestos-related death of a heavy equipment operator and awarded his survivors $81.5 million.

Snap-on sales up 6.3 percent

Snap-on Incorporated said its first quarter net sales of $887.1 million increased 6.3% from 2016 levels.

Sherwin-Williams sales up 7.3 percent

The Sherwin-Williams Company reported that consolidated net sales for the first quarter increased 7.3% to $2.76 billion compared to the same period last year.

Purvis Industries acquires Kinder Morgan division

Purvis Industries has acquired the Kinder Morgan Engineering and Conveying division of Kinder Morgan Inc.

Georgia Tool & Abrasives joins IBC

IBC announced the addition of Georgia Tool & Abrasives to its family of independent distributors and preferred suppliers.

PathGuide upgrades Latitude WMS

PathGuide Technologies announced enhanced features for its flagship product, Latitude, including customer-specific packing slips and bulk order management.

Motion Industries sales climb 7 percent

Sales at Motion Industries for the first quarter were $1.23 billion, a 7 percent increase from $1.15 billion in the same period last year.

Industrial production rises in March

Industrial production rose 0.5 percent in March following a 0.1 percent February increase.

Grainger sales up 1 percent

Grainger reported first quarter sales of $2.54 billion increased 1 percent versus $2.50 billion in the first quarter of 2016.

NAHAD elects new officers and board

Over 930 NAHAD members from around the world recently convened at the JW Marriott Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas, for the association’s 33rd Annual Convention.

Young people more interested in distribution careers

A recent survey of 16-24 year olds found a 6.7 percent increase in their awareness of industrial distribution as a career field.

ISA member growth continued in March

The April ISA Economic Indicator Report (EIR) from the Industrial Supply Association showed that manufacturers experienced growth in March while distributor performance remained unchanged from February.

IWDC members have record March

IWDC member companies set a record in March by exceeding $19 million in total spend through the co-op in the month, topping their prior record by over $800,000.

Techniks Industries acquires Parlec tooling division

Techniks Industries, a provider of tooling solutions for the metalworking and woodworking industries, announced the acquisition of the tooling division of Parlec Inc.

Würth Industry North America promotes three

Three employees for Würth Industry North America (WINA) will take on new roles and positions to oversee projected top line growth and expansion.

Justrite acquires Sall SRL

Justrite Manufacturing has acquired Sall SRL, an Italy-based manufacturer of environmental protection, material handling and workplace safety solutions.

AgoNow launches website

AgoNow LLC, a master industrial wholesaler and channel solutions provider based in Tulsa, has launched its new website at

U.S. cutting tool consumption up 4.5 percent

February U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $174.98 million, up 1.1% from January’s $173.05 million and up 0.6% when compared with the total of $173.88 million reported for February 2016.

Fastenal Q1 sales up 6.2 percent

Fastenal reported sales increased 6.2 percent to $1.0 billion in the first quarter.

AgoNow joins AFFLINK

Master industrial wholesaler and channel solutions provider AgoNow LLC has joined AFFLINK as a preferred supplier.

Hyde IBS names director of product development engineering

Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS) announced that Jeremy Dexter has been hired in a newly created position of director of product development engineering.

Industrial Supply Co. receives aerospace ISO certification

Industrial Supply Company announced that it has received ISO AS9120 certification, a prestigious quality management systems standard applicable to organizations that resell, distribute, and warehouse aerospace components.

Allied Machine opens new training facility

Allied Machine & Engineering announced the opening of a new engineering training department to provide hands on education programs for new employees, end users and distributors from around the world.

Manufacturing technology orders up in February

U.S. manufacturing technology orders increased more than expected in February, up 19.6 percent from January, and up 1.7 percent year over year.

GHX locations to become United Central branches

United Central Industrial Supply and GHX Industrial, wholly-owned subsidiaries of The United Distribution Group, announced that three GHX branches will begin operating as branches of United Central.

Small job gains in manufacturing and construction

Manufacturing and construction showed small jobs gains in March, as the unemployment rate declined to 4.5 percent.

Timken acquires Torsion Control Products

The Timken Company has acquired Torsion Control Products Inc., a manufacturer of engineered torsional couplings used in the construction, agriculture and mining industries.

Winsupply acquires Electrical Sales

Winsupply Inc. has purchased Electrical Sales Inc., Vista, Calif., a distributor of electrical materials serving Southern California.

MSC sales rise 2.9 percent

MSC Industrial Supply reported sales for its fiscal second quarter were $703.8 million, an increase of 2.9% year-over-year.

Genuine Parts acquires Empire Wire and Supply

Genuine Parts Company announced the acquisition of Empire Wire and Supply based in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

BlackHawk Industrial names COO

BlackHawk Industrial announced the recent hire of John Mark to the position of chief operating officer.

Weiler names head of Americas business

Weiler Abrasives Group has appointed Bill Dwyre as managing director of the newly formed Americas business.

Manufacturing expansion slowed in March

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March but at a slower pace than in February, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.