13. Sonepar USA (Industrial)
2017 Sales: $2.57 billion
CEO/President: Rob Taylor
Headquarters: Charleston, SC
14. Würth Industry North America
2017 Sales: $2.10 billion
CEO/President: Marc Strandquist
Headquarters: Ramsey, NJ
Sonepar USA sells industrial products across its entire footprint, and especially
through subsidiaries Vallen Distribution, Irby and OneSource. Parent company
Sonepar was almost exclusively known as an electrical distributor until the group
purchased OneSource in 2012 and then Industrial Distribution Group in 2014. Rob
Taylor replaced Halsey Cook as Sonepar USA president on Sept. 1.
Germany-based Würth Group topped our Big 50 last year, but this year we account
only for the group’s North American operations, which does business as Würth
Industry of North America. WINA’s sales increased almost 12 percent in 2017.
Edgen Murray is the largest commercial brand of Edgen Group, a subsidiary of
Sumitomo Corporation. A global piping, vales and fittings distributor, Edgen
Murray’s key end markets are in oil and natural gas, civil construction and mining.
A subsidiary of the world’s largest plumbing distributor, Ferguson, Wolseley
Industrial Group’s sales surged 27 percent in 2017. Its organic sales jumped 7 percent
in the first half of 2018, helped by the acquisition of Modesto, CA-based fluid power
distributor Duhig Stainless, completed in January.
The past year has been transformational for SunSource, which was privately
acquired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice at the end of 2017. This past May, SunSource
acquired fluid power distributor Ryan Herco Flow Solutions — which was No. 41 on
last year’s Big 50. The company then followed that by announcing an even bigger
acquisition in the form of United Distribution Group — No. 24 on the 2017 Big 50.
One month after that, Ryan Herco announced the acquisition of Richardson, TX-based Seltin Supply.
F. W. Webb started 2018 having to endure the passing of longtime company owner
and emeritus president and CEO John Pope, who led the company for more than
five decades. Earlier this year F. W. Webb added three new waterworks branches and
acquired North Folk Plumbing & Heating Supply (Riverhead, NY).
15. Edgen Murray
2017 Sales: N/A
CEO/President: Dan O’Leary
Headquarters: Baton Rouge, LA
16. Wolseley Industrial Group
2017 Sales: $1.40 billion
CEO/President: Kevin Murphy
Headquarters: Newport News, VA
2017 Sales: N/A
CEO/President: David Sacher
Headquarters: Addison, IL
18. F. W. Webb
2017 Sales: $1.10 billion
CEO/President: Jeff Pope
Headquarters: Bedford, MA