Home Depot is quietly growing its wholesale unit. The company will still be available for the homeowner and the everyday handyman, but it’s also going heavy duty. Under the direction of General Electric veteran Bob Nardelli, HD Supply is more like Industrial Depot. The wholesale division — selling and distributing everything from fire hydrants for neighborhood development to bolts for bridge construction — is Nardelli’s way of taking Home Depot straight to the source of the action in the construction supply chain.
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