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Lawson Products Inc., Des Plaines, IL, said it is facing an federal investigation into whether Lawson representatives have provided inappropriate gifts to purchasing agents, including government purchasing agents.
The probe, by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois, follows a search warrant executed in December for records and files at the company's headquarters. The U.S. Attorney's Office has submitted a document subpoena to which the company is responding.
Lawson's Board of Directors has formed a special committee to oversee an internal investigation of the matter.
Lawson Products manufactures, sells and distributes production and specialized component parts to the original equipment marketplace, including the automotive, appliance, aerospace, construction, and transportation industries.