Sales: $2.9 billion
President & CEO: Erik Gershwind
Headquarters: Melville, NY
2011 and 2012 to No. 13 last year. MSC turned 75 years old in 2016 and celebrated
with a rebranding that included a logo and “Built To Make You Better” tagline.
Sales dipped 1.6 percent last year but have been improving in 2017 as the
company’s e-commerce sales continue to comprise a bigger portion of its business
— exceeding 60 percent in Q3. Most recently, MSC acquired Davenport, IA-based
DECO Tool Supply.
12 Applied Industrial Technologies
Sales: $2.5 billion
President & CEO: Neil Schrimsher
Headquarters: Cleveland, OH
Applied launched a new website and made two acquisitions in 2016 — HUB
Industrial Supply in Lake City, FL and Seals Unlimited in Burlington, ON — and this
past March it added Toledo, OH-based Sentinel Fluid Controls. Sales were down
more than 8 percent in 2016 but have rebounded since. Applied completed its 2017
fiscal year at the end of June, in which sales improved 2. 9 percent from 2016. Of
that, Q4 organic sales jumped 7. 9 percent.
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