MDM shares their list of top industrial distributors and their the annual Distribution Trends Special Issue.
While many distributors started 2016 with “resigned optimism” that things had to get better, the reality at the end of the year painted a very different picture for most of the companies on MDM’s list of the top 40 industrial distributors. On average, sales for the largest industrial distributors declined 2.4 percent in 2016.
The list, which presents the largest distributors in North America, is now available at mdm.com. Chicago-based W.W. Grainger remains at No. 1, topping $10 billion in sales in 2016. HD Supply, Atlanta, once again took the No. 2 slot with $7.4 billion in revenue. Air Liquide, fresh off its acquisition of Radnor, Pennsylvania-based Airgas, joins the top distributors list at the No. 3 slot, with $7 billion in sales. Revenue growth ranged wildly for the Top 20 distributors. Air Liquide, driven by the Airgas acquisition, increased 32 percent year-over-year. Wurth – Americas and Winsupply also posted double-digit growth compared to 2015. Companies heavily involved in oil and gas, such as MRC Global and DistributionNOW, were hit the hardest, each seeing nearly a third of their revenues fall off from 2015. As part of the 2017 Market Leaders, MDM also publishes the annual Distribution Trends Special Issue.
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