In January 2012, Industrial Distribution premiered its annual Watch List in an effort to shine light on the
kind of industrial distributor that might not make our well-known Big 50 List. Some of these companies
are too small; some don’t fit into the traditional MRO niche that the Big 50 has carved. Yet this series of
short profiles takes a look at the “ones-to-watch” outside of the 50 biggest MRO distributors — notably
those that are taking steps to improve operations and grow their business through acquisitions, training
and development, product line expansion or other best practices.
ID implored the input of a handful of well-known industrial associations and buying groups to find
these distributors. But there are many more worthy companies out there. Feel free to reach out to ID
editor Mike Hockett at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think your company should make next
year’s Watch List.
Since its 2012 inception, ID’s Watch List has helped shed light on 43 small-to-mid-sized industrial
distributors, a demographic that comprises the majority of our readership. As in past years, several
companies that were nominated this year declined to be recognized in our Watch List, citing their desire
to stay under-the-radar, which is completely understandable.
Congratulations to this year’s honorees, listed no particular order. All information — provided by these
companies — is as of Feb. 1, 2018:
By Mike Hockett