Modern Distribution Management's Industrial Inflation Index measures a cross-section of industrial supplies.
Acquisition expands Blackhawk's footprint into the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
Shedd replaces Samuel Thompson, who left Airgas to pursue other interests.
Second downturn is wide-ranging with little support of aggregate demand.
Crane to acquire MEI Conlux Holdings (U.S.), Inc. and its affiliate MEI Conlux Holdings (Japan), Inc.
The newly acquired company is a Cleveland-based MRO distributor.
Housing permits increased to their highest level in over four years.
The CEI and LAG increased by 0.2 and 0.4 percent, respectively.
The electrical distributor will use Epicor's Eclipse solution.
Housing starts down 3% from October.
Pace of growth forecast to remain 'sluggish' through first half of 2014.
Purchases enable Canadian safety sector presence and expand Australian health care offerings.
Industrial and Energy segment sales increased; Electrical and Engineered Solutions segment sales declined.
Working with family members can be challenging if roles are not clearly defined.
EnergyFirst, Leland Fly Fishing, Jafrum International and KASK America are using the software.
Kaman will become a distributor for Schneider's industrial automation and control products.
Acquisitions add four industrial gas and welding supply distributors with $20 million in combined annual sales.