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2014 Top 40 Industrial Distributors

09. MSC Industrial Supply – Top Industrial Distributors

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Headquarters: Melville, NY
2013 Revenues: $2.5 billion
Change in Sales from 2012: 4.3%
Employees: 6,257
Locations: 14 fulfillment centers; 105 branches
2013 Acquisitions: Barnes Distribution North America
Key Executives: Erik Gershwind, president and CEO; Jeff Kaczka, CFO

As with many industrial distributors, weather got MSC off to a slow start in 2014. But the distributor is seeing improving conditions. In 2013, MSC acquired the distribution business of Barnes Group for $550 million, accounting for 76 percent of sales growth during the second quarter 2014. The distributor is now focused on integrating the business. President and CEO Erik Gershwind says the transaction will push MSC toward its goal of reaching $4 billion by 2016.

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