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What are some industrial supply companies?

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Industrial supply companies include Wolseley Industrial Group, W.W. Grainger, HD Supply, MRC Global Corp and Airgas. Modern Distribution Management ranks these as the top five industrial supply companies as of 2014. The next five largest industrial supply companies on this ranking are Motion Industries, DistributionNOW, the Fastenal Company, MSC Industrial Supply and Applied Industrial Technologies.

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Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, W.W. Grainger is a global distributor of a broad range of products, including adhesives, hardware, office furniture and supplies, tools, and hydraulic equipment. Grainger employs about 4,800 people at 550 branches in the United States and Canada, and it generated 2013 revenues of more than $9 billion.

HD Supply, which spun off of The Home Depot in 2007, is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Major product lines include products related to maintenance, repair, operations, water infrastructure and construction. The company employs more than 15,000 people and generated 2013 revenues of more than $8 billion.

Airgas sells a broad range of products, including industrial gases, welding and safety supplies, and equipment and products related to maintenance, operations and repair. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, it employs about 15,000 people and had 2013 revenues of more than $5 billion.

ThomasNet.com features a database of more than 700,000 industrial and commercial suppliers. This database is searchable by company name, part number or name, brand name, and UNSPSC commodity number.

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