Mike Hockett
Editor

Mike Hockett is the Editor of Industrial Distribution and Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation (IMPO). He has been working on Industrial Distribution since August 2014, covering all topics from company acquisition and consolidation news, market trends, and distributor profiles across the MRO landscape. 

Mike graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 with a B.A. in Print Journalism, and spent the first 7 years of his career in sports writing and editing.

The industrial products market has lost an icon, as Motion Industries on Monday morning announced the sudden passing of its president and CEO, Tim Breen.
by Motion Industries
8.20.2018
3:02pm
Industrial Distribution is taking the annual Big 50 List to the next level, hosting the publication's first-ever in-person event. The 2018 ID Big 50...
8.14.2018
1:06pm
GE’s Brilliant lighting plant in Hendersonville, NC was almost shuttered less than decade ago. Now it’s one of the company’s top facilities. IMPO editor...
7.23.2018
6:41am
In IMPO's July/August Digital Edition, we attend the grand opening of Combilift's new manufacturing facility and global headquarters in Ireland, and...
7.17.2018
10:50am
CPRAM is the largest producer and distributor of ready-to-eat food in Thailand.
6.19.2018
9:45am
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IMPO editor Mike Hockett chronicles his experiences visiting manufacturing and logistics facilities abroad.
5.10.2018
3:46pm
IMPO's March press trip to Thailand showcased what the country has to offer on the maintenance and manufacturing front, now and for later.
5.9.2018
7:30am
In IMPO's May/June Digital Edition, editor Mike Hockett attends a press trip to Thailand showing what the country has to offer in maintenance and...
5.8.2018
1:34pm
Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar is closing a major factory in Texas and smaller one in Panama, and may close another in its home state of Illinois.
3.20.2018
11:08am
Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar is closing a major factory in Texas and smaller one in Panama, and may close another in its home state of Illinois, according...
3.19.2018
10:19am
Contributing editor Mike Hockett toured Budweiser's St. Louis brewery on March 2, getting a first-hand look at some of the iconic beer-maker's...
3.15.2018
10:00am
IMPO editor Mike Hockett toured Budweiser's St. Louis brewery on March 2, getting a first-hand look at some of the iconic beer-maker's facilities...
3.9.2018
5:36am
In IMPO's March/April Digital Edition, we visit Lincoln Electric’s new state-of-the-art Welding & Technology Training Center in Euclid, OH.
3.2.2018
5:47am
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For all the talk about automation and offshoring supposedly draining the amount of jobs available in American manufacturing, the numbers don’t quite agree.
2.6.2018
10:04am
In IMPO's January/February Digital Edition, we visit mezzanine and lift supplier Wildeck's Waukesha, WI facility. Plant Practices discusses how...
2.5.2018
5:45am
Amazon hasn't been coy about its intentions to take a large chunk of the industrial products market share, and it certainly has the scale to do it.
1.8.2018
10:44am
On CNBC, a Twin Cities venture capitalist predicted that Amazon will buy Target by the end of 2018. Is that realistic?
1.4.2018
11:00am
A former information technology contractor was arrested by the FBI for allegedly hacking into the Grainger's computer servers in 2016.
12.19.2017
10:28am
A former information technology contractor has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly hacking into the Grainger's computer servers multiple times in 2016.
12.18.2017
12:33pm
Lincoln Electric is our Editor's Pick from last week's FABTECH show, as the welding technology and solutions supplier's giant expo booth showed...
11.17.2017
9:31am
Amazon received 238 total proposals from cities vying to be the site of the e-commerce behemoth's second world headquarters.
11.16.2017
11:49am
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Aside from a 2015-2016 industrial recession, industrial distributors and suppliers have often cited tax burdens and regulations as hurdles to business growth.
11.6.2017
10:45am
IMPO's November/December Digital Edition takes an inside look at the latest in collaborative robotics at the annual Robotiq User Conference in Canada....
11.3.2017
10:59am
IMPO editor Mike Hockett discusses his favorite booth from expo floor of last week's Assembly Show in Rosemont, IL, where a simple-yet innovative product...
10.31.2017
2:25pm
In IMPO's October Digital Edition, we celebrate Toyota Material Handling U.S.A.'s 50th anniversary of forklifts in the U.S. In Maintenance Matters,...
10.4.2017
7:26am
OSHA recently unveiled its yearly list of the top 10 safety citations.
9.28.2017
2:46pm
On Tuesday at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Indianapolis, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its annual...
9.26.2017
11:06am
Fastenal Canada has been ordered to pay a fine of $265,000 by Environment and Climate Change Canada after the company pleaded guilty to two counts of selling...
9.14.2017
3:49pm
IMPO's September Digital Edition features a tour of 3D printing, repair and tactical products start-up companies in Chattanooga, TN. Plant Practices takes...
9.5.2017
6:26am
IMPO spoke with Ryan Duguid, senior vice president of technolgy strategy at Nintex, about how manufacturing organizations can use machine learning to provide...
8.31.2017
7:00am
IMPO's July/August Digital Edition features a tour inside Raymond Corporation's new RayBuilt Center of Excellence facility in Syracuse, NY, where...
7.7.2017
8:35am
Chad Kennedy, Industry Standards Manager for Power Equipment at Schneider Electric, discusses steps facility managers can take to protect equipment in advance...
6.7.2017
8:18am
Snap-on hosted president Donald Trump and members of his administration in April at the company's headquarters in Kenosha, WI. Hear from Snap-on...
5.16.2017
8:00am
Editor Mike Hockett chats with Grainger senior director of safety strategy and solutions, Travis Kruse, about a variety of safety topics.
4.25.2017
7:45am
Here’s a rundown of updates on some of the most well-known B2B distribution businesses, as well as general e-commerce market updates.
4.6.2017
12:14pm
A GE contract worker died Saturday in an incident at the Plant Scherer Power Plant north of Macon, GA, which OSHA is investigating.
4.5.2017
11:23am
IMPO's March Digital Edition features a tour inside the new Platinum LEED-Certified maintenance facility at Madison WI’s Sewerage District, while our...
3.7.2017
10:50am
Distributors struggling with a more tech-savvy world need to embrace technology to compliment their personal touch, not replace it.
2.23.2017
8:44am
Editor Mike Hockett hopes the plethora of industrial maintenance articles he's read on a weekly basis will naturally make him proactive when it comes to...
2.20.2017
1:50pm