and Trinity Electric (Dallas), respectively … F. W. Webb
Co. has acquired Grant Supply Company of southern
New Jersey … On May 12, Airgas announced the acquisition of Shoals, AL-based Valley Air Supply, gaining
four locations across Alabama and Tennessee … DuBois
Chemicals has completed the acquisition of Heatbath
Corporation/Park Chemical (Indian Orchard, MA) … On
May 13, Danaher Corporation announced its intention
to separate the company into two independent, publically
traded companies, with a science and technology growth
company keeping the Danaher name, and the creation of
industrial growth company NewCo … ABC Supply has
acquired Bay City, MI-based Elite Home Supplies.
HD Supply Waterworks VP of Market Development,
Yvonne Bland, recently received the National Utility
Contractors Association 2014 Associate of the Year Award
… Ridley’s Vacuum and Janitorial of Houston, TX
was awarded the National Independent Sanitary Supply
Companies Distributor of the Year at NISSCO’s buying
conference held April 20-24 … Northern Safety Co.
(Utica, NY) announced in late April that it received both
East Chemical Company’s Supplier Excellence Award and
its Innovation Award for 2014 … In April, AEGIS-Electro
Static Technology recognized Bartlett Bearing Com-
pany as its 2014 Top Distributor. Motion Industries was
named AEGIS’ top distributor to the power transmission
market, Mulcahy Company was named top HVAC distribu-
tor, and Midpoint Bearing was named top motor repair
distributor … At NetPlus Alliance’s annual meeting April
12-14, Ohio Power Tool received the Distributor MVP
Award, while DXP Enterprises’ Allan Guthrie was given
the Partnership Excellence Award.
In early June, Fortune revealed its
61st annual Fortune
500, the well-known
based ranking list
of America’s largest
takes the top spot for the third straight year — followed
by Exxon Mobil and Chevron — a large contingent of
industrial distributors make repeat appearances further
down the list (which actually goes to 1,000).
Grainger was the first of Industrial Distribution’s 2014
Big 50 companies to appear on the list, coming in at No.
290. HD Supply and WESCO International followed
at 316 and 360, while Anixter International and MRC
Global at 420 and 448 made for five Big 50 companies
in the Fortune 500. Genuine Parts Company — of which
Motion Industries (No. 9 on Big 50) is a subsidiary —
came in at 199. Airgas was slightly outside at 508, while
MSC Industrial and Applied Industrial Technologies
were at 798 and 880, respectively.
Electrical distributor Avnet was No. 108, Emerson
Electric was 120, followed by National Oilwell Varco and
Arrow Electronics at 127 and 131. Graybar checked in at
Genuine Parts Company was No. 205 last year, while
Grainger bumped up five from spots 295 in 2014. HD
Supply moved up one spot, while WESCO fell 11 spots
from 349 a year ago. Anixter repeated at 420, while
Graybar moved up four spots. Airgas fell 10 spots, Applied gained 28 from its No. 880 ranking last year, while
MSC Industrial fell 56 spots down the list.
Grainger was the fourth highest-ranked diversified
wholesaler, followed by HD Supply and WESCO at 7
and 8, and Anixter at 10 in that category. Graybar
and Airgas were 11 and 12. Genuine Parts Company
was No. 3.
Allan Guthrie (center) of DXP Enterprises accepts NetPlus
Alliance’s Partnership Excellence Award in April.
Grainger Leads Industrial Distributors On Fortune 500