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As CEO of the newly formed master distributor Team Alloys, Bill Bootz has surrounded himself with a core group of extremely loyal employees, many of...more...

A group of very successful, wealthy business owners, and their closest advisors, gathered for a symposium. What was their purpose? To find the perfect investment...more...

A little more than a decade ago, I first had the opportunity to meet with key leaders at WinWholesale in Dayton, Ohio, and bring readers...more...

Sixty years ago, James Coulas Sr. established what would become Weldbend as a surplus house in a tiny little space. An entrepreneur from an early...more...

Like many wholesalers, Slakey Bros. was started by two brothers who had $5,000 in capital and wives who were willing to pitch in during those...more...

Earlier this spring, publisher Tom Brown and I were invited to attend the Grand Opening of Reliance Worldwide’s new global headquarters in Atlanta. Many of...more...

Family -- and not just those related by blood -- is key at Raven Products.  The company has been a family owned and operated business...more...

One of the biggest names in wholesale distribution in the Southwest — and certainly one of the most diversified — is Morrison Supply Co., which...more...

Armed with $8,000 and a healthy dose of determination, charisma and work ethic, brothers-in-law H.B. McJunkin and Bernard Wehrle opened the doors of McJunkin Corporation...more...

A.Y. McDonald celebrated its 150th anniversary in grand fashion last month with a private reception at the Grand River Center for nearly 1,000 of the...more...

The minute you enter the Jones Stephens headquarters in Moody, Ala., you can feel the incredible energy and enthusiasm brewing among its management team and...more...

Max Hansen, chairman and CEO, confirmed that JMF Company has recently completed a major expansion of its line set manufacturing facility in East Moline, Ill....more...

After years of first-hand experience with mechanical and fire protection, Seung I. Oh recognized a need for flexible piping solution for water and gas distribution,...more...

At the beginning of the 20th century, W. Frank Dowd recognized the need for plumbing pipe in the newly industrialized, post-war South. He built a...more...

t’s hard to believe that Burke Engineering Co., one of the premier HVAC controls distributors in the Western U.S., actually got its start in a...more...

Each year in our August issue, it is my pleasure to spend time talking with the incoming President of the Association of Independent Manufacturers Representatives....more...