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Hype and speculation tend to follow an industry consolidator. The announcement last week that Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli was ousted from his position over pay issues and lagging stock gains generated an inordinate amount of buzz. Some even claimed it is a repudiation of the Home Depot model itself and its relatively recent strategy to aggressively grow the wholesale distribution division.


Hardly. All we know versus a week ago is that HD has $210 million less to fund acquisition activities that instead went to Mr. Nardelli's severance package (Wouldn't you like to be chastised like that?). Now that will really slow the acquisition pace of HD Supply….


What's lost in the shock value of the pay deal is that Home Depot's net income in the most recent quarter, ended ...
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Hagemeyer has acquired BREVA, an electrical wholesaler-distributor of MRO products in Belgium. About 70% of BREVA's sales go to industrial customers.


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The acquisition provides Hagemeyer an entrance to the Belgian market and will allow Hagemeyer to serve the Belgian subsidiaries of its large global industrial customers.


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BREVA is headquartered in Zonhoven, Belgium.


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Hagemeyer has had revenues of &nbsp ; 4.6 billion in the first nine months of 2006. More than 90% of Hagemeyer's total revenue is generated by its core Professional Products and Services, which focuses on the value-added business-to-business distribution of electrical parts and supplies, safety and other Maintenance, Repair and Operations products in ...

HD Supply Waterworks, a subsidiary of The Home Depot, has agreed to acquire Sioux Pipe, Inc., a water and sewer distributor with two locations in South Dakota.


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With the addition of Sioux Pipe, HD Supply Waterworks creates a presence in South Dakota.


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HD Supply Waterworks supplies products in building, repairing and maintaining water and wastewater systems. It is part of HD Supply, Home Depot's wholesale division.


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Cooper Electric Supply Co., Tinton Falls, NJ, has acquired Fairview Electrical Supply Corp., Fairview, NJ.


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Cooper Electric serves the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania markets. This acquisition increases its presence to 30 locations in the tri-state area.


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Fairview Electrical Supply Co. is in Northern New Jersey with a customer footprint in both New Jersey and New York.

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Border States, Fargo, ND, has agreed to buy Minnesota Electric Supply Company, a full line provider of electrical products with eight locations in Minnesota and more than 3,000 customers.


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According to Electrical Wholesaling's top 200, Border States had 2005 revenues of $601 million, and Minnesota Electric had sales of $78.3 million.


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Border States provides products and services to the construction, industrial, utility and data communications markets. The combined organization will have more than 1,200 employees and 51 branch operations in 11 states and Mexico.


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Sonepar USA, Philadelphia, PA, has acquired Dallas, TX-based Crawford Electric Supply Company, Ltd. Crawford Electric had sales of $175 million in 2005, according to Electrical Wholesaling's 2006 top 200 issue.


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The acquisition extends Sonepar USA's reach into the fast-growing Texas market.


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Crawford has locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The company offers electrical and lighting products to commercial and residential contractors.


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The purchase is Sonepar USA's seventh acquisition in less than two years. Consistent with all Sonepar USA acquisitions, CESCO will retain its brand identity and autonomy.


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Sonepar USA is a member of the Sonepar group - a global ...

Air Products, Lehigh Valley, PA, has agreed to acquire the industrial gas business of Central Europe-based BOC Gazy Sp z o.o. from Linde Gas for 370 million euros (US$481 million).&nbsp ;


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For regulatory purposes, BOC Gazy was required to be sold by Linde as a result of its purchase of The BOC Group plc in September 2006.


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The BOC Gazy business had fiscal year 2006 sales of 126 million euros ($164&nbsp ; million).&nbsp ; The business has 750&nbsp ; employees, five industrial gas plants and six cylinder transfills serving customers across a diverse range of industries, including chemicals, steel and base metals, among others.


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"We're taking advantage of a unique opportunity to become the number one industrial ...

Strategic Distribution, Inc., Bristol, PA, has agreed to be bought out by Platinum Equity for $30 million.


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The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of March. The deal stipulates that Strategic Distribution will merge with Project Eagle Holding Corp. and Project Eagle Merger Corp., each a Platinum Equity portfolio company.


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The MRO distributor reported revenues of $136.9 million in 2005 and a net loss of $3.4 million. Its numbers haven't improved much in fiscal 2006, with the company recording losses in the first and second quarter, and a slight gain of $0.2 million in the third.


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In November, Strategic announced its board of directors had received a letter from the board's Chairman William R. Berkley, ...

MSC Industrial Direct Inc., Melville, NY, distributor of MRO supplies to industrial customers, reported sales of $402 million for the first quarter 2007, an increase of 35.9% from the same period in fiscal 2006. Profit increased 26.2% to $40.3 million from the year-ago period.


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J & L Industrial Supply, purchased from Kennametal last year, accounted for two-thirds of the growth. CEO David Sandler said the integration of J & L is going as planned, and that MSC should be able to generate the forecasted $20 million in margin improvements and cost savings that was originally anticipated.


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A conference call regarding the first quarter results and current operations is available at&nbsp ; <A href=http://www.mscdirect.com/" target=_blank ...

Prices for manufactured goods in Canada remained unchanged for a second consecutive month in November, while prices for raw materials increased after three months of significant declines.


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Prices charged by manufacturers, as measured by the Industrial Product Price Index (IPPI), were unchanged from October to November, as downward pressure from declining petroleum prices eased. Lower prices for primary metal products and petroleum products were offset by higher prices for chemical products, fruit, vegetables and feed products and pulp and paper products.


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The 12-month change in the IPPI was up&nbsp ; 1.9%, a higher rate of growth compared to the year-over-year increase of&nbsp ; 1.2% in October. Upward pressure came mainly from higher ...
Ellison Technologies, Inc., Cleveland, OH, provider of engineered systems and industrial equipment to metal-working and metal-cutting manufacturers, has acquired Jackson Machinery Company, a privately held distributor based outside of Cleveland.The acquisition provides Ellison a stronger position in northern Ohio, a strong manufacturing base. The area includes major industrial markets such as Cleveland, Akron-Canton, Mansfield, Youngstown and Toledo. Industries represented include aerospace, automotive, agricultural, medical, and energy. Processes used include high-speed and multi-axis machining, robotic automation, continuous flow, and setup reduction. Until being acquired, Jackson Machinery was an exclusive dealer of Mori Seiki products and sub-dealer to Mori Mid-America Sales, ...

Construction spending during November 2006 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,184.1 billion, 0.2 percent below the revised October estimate of $1,186.7 billion. The November figure is 0.1 percent above the November 2005 estimate of $1,183.1 billion.


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During the first 11 months of this year, construction spending amounted to $1,110.5 billion, 5.4 percent above the $1,053.4 billion for the same period in 2005.


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Private Construction


Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $905.8 billion, 0.6 percent below the revised October estimate of $911.0 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $589.3 billion in November, 1.6 percent ...

Airgas, Inc., Radnor, PA, has acquired CFC Refimax, LLC, a full-service refrigerant supplier and reclamation company based in Atlanta, GA.&nbsp ; The business, which has about 50 employees, had about $21 million in annual sales in 2006.


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Refimax has been integrated into Airgas Specialty Products, national distributor of ammonia products and services, various process chemicals, and refrigerants. Airgas Specialty Products is part of the Gas Operations Division, which also includes Airgas Carbonic and Dry Ice, and Airgas Nitrous Oxide.&nbsp ;


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Refimax has operations in Atlanta and Houston, and five third-party distribution warehouse locations in York, PA; Reno, NV; Indianapolis, IN; New Orleans, LA; and Dallas, TX. ...

Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, PA, has agreed to acquire Federal Signal Corporation's cutting tool business comprised of Manchester Tool Company, ClappDiCO Corporation and On Time Machine, Inc. for $67 million.


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With annual sales of about $40 million, Federal Signal Corporation's cutting tool business produces, markets and services super hard polycrystalline diamond and cubic boron nitride cutting tools, tool holding systems and certain specialized turning tools which are complementary to Kennametal's product range.


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Kennametal says the acquisition is consistent with its growth strategy and with the company's previously stated intentions for the use of cash.


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The Home Depot's Bob Nardelli has resigned from his posts as president, CEO and chairman of the board as of Jan. 2, 2007. Frank Blake, the company's executive vice president, succeeds him.


The move comes amid criticism from investors over Nardelli's pay and slow stock gains during his reign.


The board also announced that CFO Carol Tome and head of the wholesale division, Joe DeAngelo, will be assuming additional responsibilities. Tome will be assuming responsibility for mergers and acquisitions, credit services and additional strategic responsibilities. DeAngelo was appointed to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. In this position, DeAngelo will continue to oversee HD Supply and will assume additional responsibilities for the retail ...


Praxair Distribution, Danbury, CT, a division of Praxair Canada Inc., has acquired the Canadian propane tank-exchange business of Blue Rhino, a Ferrellgas Partners L.P. company.

Under the agreement, Praxair acquired more than 900 propane tank-exchange display cages at retail locations across Canada. In addition, it will take over the contract to supply more than 300 retail gasoline stations belonging to Shell Canada Products with 20-pound propane tanks for their exchange program. In conjunction with this transaction, Praxair also signed a distributor agreement with Superior Tank Incorporated. Superior Tank will serve Praxair's propane tank-exchange customers in the Atlantic Provinces.

Previously, Praxair provided propane ...

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December following a one-month decline, while the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation's supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.


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ISM reported that manufacturing proved resilient in December, as the PMI returned to growth registering 51.4 percent after a decline (under 50 percent) in November. Both New Orders and Production made significant gains to drive the PMI back above the breakeven point. Manufacturing employment remained relatively unchanged as the Employment Index shows a negligible change for the second consecutive month.


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The Prices Index is trending downward, relieving some of the inflationary pressure that ...

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