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VWR International, Inc., West Chester, PA, $3 billion supplier to the global research laboratory industry, has acquired the remaining 76 percent interest in KMF Laborchemie Handels GmbH, a German-based scientific laboratory supply distributor. KMF has 70 employees, all based in Germany, with annual revenues of US$45 million.More ...  ;
Platinum Equity, Los Angeles, CA, has completed its acquisition of Strategic Distribution, Inc., MRO distributor to industrial and institutional customers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The acquisition is a public-to-private transaction and Strategic Distribution Inc. has been delisted from the NASDAQ exchange, with each share of common stock converted into the right to receive $10 in cash per share. Platinum Equity announced that Rudi Strobl has been appointed as CEO. More ...  ;
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued building materials distributor 84 Lumber, Eighty Four, PA, for failing to file an Employer Information Report for each year since 2005. In the lawsuit, filed in Pennsylvania's Western District, says that 84 Lumber has not filed reports, despite "written notice and a demand for these documents from the EEOC." The EEOC is the governing body that makes equal employment opportunity policy and approves most litigation. For more information, go to www.eeoc.gov.
Grainger, $5.9 billion national distributor of facilities maintenance products, plans to expand operations in the Northeast, particularly New York City, by opening new facilities, relocating others, and expanding existing facilities. Grainger operates out of 23 locations in the area but plans to increase its number of locations by 25 percent and up its local workforce by 10-20 percent. Grainger will increase the size of its distribution network in the Tri-State area by about 40 percent. Grainger's investments are part of the company's market expansion initiative. The distributor will invest between $50-$80 million in 2007 to expand and enhance operations nationwide. More ...  ;