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Day: January 25, 2006

Steel Service Center Esmark Acquires Premier Resource Group

Esmark has acquired North Aurora, IL-based Premier Resource Group LLC, a service center specializing in pre-painted steel products with annual revenues of $30 million. The combined revenues of the Esmark steel services family of companies now exceed $700 million. Esmark has made at least eight acquisitions since 2003.In making the announcement, Esmark Chairman and CEO …

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MDM Inflation Index for December 2005

Modern Distribution Management’s December Inflation Index, which measures a cross-section of industrial supplies, is up 0.79% over the previous month, and up 5.58% from December 2004. Summary of MDM Inflation Index for the last 12 months: December 2005 Index 258.1November 2005 Index 256.1October 2005 Index 255.4September 2005 Index 254.3August 2005 Index 253.9July 2005 Index 253.0June 2005 Index 253.0May …

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U.S. Market Analysis: MRO Pipe, Valves & Fittings

MRO Pipe, Valves & Fittings represented a market in 2005 of $13.4 billion, according to estimates provided by Industrial Market Information, Minneapolis. These charts show the top ten industries by SIC code consuming these products; and the 2004 end-user consumption of these groups sorted by the nine government market region.Click on Related Document below to …

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MDM News Digest 3602

eight decades, the company also provided management services for the National Industrial Distributors Association, one of the predecessor organizations to today’s ISA. Thomas Associates, Cleveland, OH, will end its work with ISA effective May 31, 2006. The company managed the organization and its manufacturing association predecessors for 57 years.The Global Industrial Supply Marketing Organization has …

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Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for November 2005

November 2005 sales of merchant wholesalers, except manufacturers’ sales branches and offices, after adjustment for seasonal variations and trading-day differences but not for price changes, were $311.7 billion, down 0.7 percent from the revised October level and were up 8.3percent from the November 2004 level. November sales of durable goods decreased 0.5 percent from last …

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Economic Indicators Point to Growth in Near Future

The Conference Board’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators increased 0.1 percent in December, indicating uneven growth in the next year. The Conference Board reported gains of 0.9 percent in November and 1 percent in October.The Wall Street Journal reported that Conference Board Chairman Ken Goldsten said the indexes, taken together, imply a “quite choppy pattern …

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Home Depot’s Hughes Move Highlights Need for Differentiation

The sky is not falling with the purchase of Hughes Supply by The Home Depot, as the lead article in this issue illustrates with perspective by competitors and a look at the numbers. The landscape does shift significantly in terms of Hughes’s strategic options against primary competitors, particularly European powerhouse Wolseley and its North American …

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What’s Home Depot’s Impact?

percent; plumbing/HVAC, 24 percent; utilities, 11 percent; MRO, 10 percent; electrical, 10 percent; industrial PVF, 8 percent; and building materials, 6 percent.In just the past year, HD Supply has grown 143 percent, according to numbers provided at HD’s annual investor conference. The supply division’s organic growth was 20 percent in 2005.HD Supply’s sales before it …

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MDM January 25, 2006

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