Industrial Supply Distributors

Industrial Supply Distributors

Overview

The 5,300 industrial supply distributors in the US purchase maintenance, repair, operating, and production (MROP) supplies in bulk and resell them to customers in smaller quantities. Product categories include abrasives, strapping, tape, and inks; mechanical power transmission supplies; industrial containers and supplies; industrial valves and fittings; and welding supplies. Distributors may offer technical support, repair, or assembly services.

Offshore Production

US manufacturers’ shift to production in low-cost countries has reduced demand for domestic industrial supply distributors.

Growth in Green

Growing interest in the environment and energy-efficiency has created demand for “green” products and expertise.