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Airgas, Inc. and its subsidiaries distribute industrial, medical, and specialty gases, as well as welding, safety, and related products in the United States. The company's principal products and services include packaged and small bulk gases, gas cylinder and welding equipment rental, process chemicals, and hardgoods. Industrial, medical, and specialty gases include nitrogen, oxygen, argon, helium, acetylene, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, hydrogen, welding gases, purity grades, and application blends. Its hardgoods consist of welding supplies and equipment, safety products, and industrial tools and supplies. In addition, Airgas produces dry ice, liquid carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, process chemicals, and specialty gases for distribution in the United States. Its customers include companies that operate in industrial manufacturing, repair and maintenance, medical, construction, wholesale trade, retail, food products, transportation, utilities and mining, petrochemical, and analytical industries. The company offers its products through retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities, and distribution centers. Airgas also distributes its products and services through e-Business, catalog, and telesales channels. The company was founded in 1982 by Peter McCausland and is based in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
DXP ENTERPRISES INC (DXPE)
DXP Enterprises, Inc. engages in the distribution of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products, equipment and service to industrial customers. It operates through, MRO and Electrical Contractor segments. The MRO Segment provides maintenance, repair, and operating products; and equipment and integrated services, including engineering and logistics capabilities, to industrial customers. It provides a range of MRO products in the fluid handling equipment, bearing, power transmission equipment, general mill, safety supply, and electrical products categories. This segment also provides integrated services, such as system design, fabrication, installation, repair, and maintenance for its customers. The company's MRO products are used primarily by customers engaged in the general manufacturing, oil and gas, petrochemical, service and repair, wood products, mining, construction, chemical, municipal, food and beverage, and pulp and paper industries. The Electrical Contractor segment sells a range of electrical products, such as wire conduit, wiring devices, electrical fittings and boxes, signaling devices, heaters, tools, switch gear, lighting, lamps, tape, lugs, wire nuts, batteries, fans and fuses, to electrical contractors. The company distributes its products through 42 service centers, including 2 distribution centers, located in the rocky mountain, southeastern, and southwestern regions of the United States. DXP was founded by Charles A. Leavens in 1908 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
APPLIED INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES INC (AIT)
Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. distributes industrial products in North America. Its products include bearings, power transmission components, fluid power components and systems, industrial rubber products, linear components, tools, safety products, general maintenance products, and mill supply products. The company's fluid power products include hydraulic, pneumatic, lubrication, and filtration components and systems. It also provides engineering, design, and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber, and fluid power shop services. Applied Industrial Technologies assembles and repairs various products and systems. The company maintains the Applied Maintenance America product catalog, which facilitates customers' purchases of general maintenance and safety products, and tools; and Fluid Power Connection catalog, which facilitates customers' purchases of hydraulic and pneumatic components. The company markets its products to customers in various industries, such as primary metals, pulp and paper, food processing, chemical processing, mining and aggregate, utilities, textiles, corrugating, agriculture, and automotive. Applied Industrial Technologies was founded in 1901 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.
MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT COMPANY INC (MSM)
MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. engages in the direct marketing of various industrial products in the United States. The company distributes various industrial products for its customers' maintenance, repair, and operations, as well as for supplies requirements. It provides approximately 500,000 stock-keeping units that include cutting tools, measuring instruments, tooling components, fasteners, flat stock, raw materials, abrasives, and machinery hand and power tools; and janitorial, plumbing, material handling, power transmission, and electrical supplies; and other products. MSC Industrial Direct markets its products to small, medium, and large companies in durable and nondurable goods manufacturing, education, government, and health care sectors. The company was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.
INDUSTRIAL DISTRIBUTION GROUP INC (IDGR)
Industrial Distribution Group, Inc. (IDG) supplies maintenance, repair, operating, and production products and services to manufacturers and other industrial users in the United States, Mexico, and China. The company offers flexible procurement solutions, which are used in product applications and process improvements. In addition, it distributes cutting tools, abrasives, hand and power tools, coolants, lubricants, adhesives, and machine tools. The company also offers its customers a range of specialized services relating to product selection and application, and the customer's production processes. These service offerings include storeroom management, commodity management, bar code inventory replenishment, vending machines, e-business solutions, and consulting services. It sells its products primarily to industrial, commercial, and institutional users. As of December 31, 2004, the company had 341 FPS sites, including 97 full storeroom management arrangements. IDG was founded by Andrew B. Shearer in 1997 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
CE Franklin, Ltd. distributes products and related services to the Canadian oil and gas industry, including projects involving drilling and completions, production, and maintenance and capital construction. The company distributes pipe, valves, flanges, fittings, production equipment, and other general oilfield supplies to producers of oil and gas in Canada. It also offers general oilfield supplies to the oilsands, refining, heavy oil and petrochemical, and nonoilfield related industries, such as forestry and mining industries. In addition, CE Franklin distributes tubular products, including the steel pipe that is used to line oil and gas wells; the tubing that is used to bring the production to the surface; and the line pipes for oil and gas gathering systems, to producers of oil and gas in Canada. As of July 21, 2005, it operated a network of 38 branches in Canada, as well as internationally. CE Franklin is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.
HIRSCH INTERNATIONAL CORP (HRSH)
Hirsch International Corp. provides electronic computer-controlled embroidery machinery and related products, and services in the United States. It offers a range of single- and multi-head embroidery machines; proprietary application software; embroidery parts, supplies, and accessories; and embroidery products. Its customers primarily include contract embroiderers, manufacturers, and embroidery entrepreneurs. The company was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York.
LAWSON PRODUCTS INC (LAWS)
Lawson Products, Inc. engages in the distribution and marketing of systems, services, and products to the industrial, commercial, and institutional maintenance, repair, and replacement marketplace. The company also manufactures, sells, and distributes specialized component parts for the original equipment marketplace, including automotive, appliance, aerospace, construction, and transportation industries. It offers a range of fasteners, fittings, and related parts, such as screws, nuts, rivets, and other fasteners; industrial supplies, such as hoses and hose fittings, lubricants, cleansers, adhesives, and other chemicals, as well as files, drills, welding products, and other shop supplies; and automotive and equipment maintenance parts, including primary wiring, connectors and other electrical supplies, and exhaust and other automotive parts. Lawson Products markets its products primarily through a network of independent sales agents, and inside sales representatives in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The company was incorporated in 1952 and is headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois.