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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported):   September 24, 2012

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware 0-10546 36-2229304
(State or other jurisdiction
(I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation) File Number) Identification No.)
8770 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 900, Chicago, Illinois   60631
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:   (773) 304-5050

Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report


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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On September 24, 2012, Thomas Neri announced his retirement from Lawson Product, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the "Company"), and in connection therewith resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director of the Company. In connection with Mr. Neri’s retirement, Mr. Neri will receive the benefits for a termination without "Cause" or for "Good Reason" under Section 5(b) of the Employment Agreement, dated as of August 29, 2012, by and between Lawson Products, Inc., an Illinois corporation, and Mr. Neri.

Effective as of September 24, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") appointed Michael G. DeCata as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. DeCata, 54, has worked in private equity, conducting acquisition analysis and due diligence for private equity firms in New York, Connecticut and Boston, since 2009. From 2006 to 2009, he was the President of the Chefs’ Warehouse, a $300 million specialty food distributor with distribution centers in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx, Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas. In June 2008 he joined the Board of Directors of Crescent Electric Supply Company, one of the largest electrical distributors in the United States. Prior to his position at the Chefs’ Warehouse, from 2003 to 2006, he led the Contractor Supplies Division of United Rentals, a $4 billion construction equipment rental company. Mr. DeCata also led Fleet Operations at United Rentals which included the acquisition of new construction equipment as well as maintenance of the fleet and sales of used equipment. From 1997 until 2002 he led the eastern region of WW Grainger. Mr. DeCata began his career at General Electric and worked in a variety of cross-functional as well as cross-business positions from 1979 until 1997, with a short period of employment at Unimation Robotics. His GE positions included GE Plastics, GE Semiconductor, GE Robotics & Factory Automation, GE Capital, GE Power Systems, GE Utility and Industrial Sales Division and others.

Mr. DeCata will receive an annual base salary of $475,000. Mr. DeCata will have a target incentive bonus equal to 100% of his base salary, based on performance targets to be established by the Compensation Committee of the Board (the "Compensation Committee"), and will be entitled to a special bonus of $118,750 for 2012 to be paid during the first quarter of 2013. Mr. DeCata will be entitled to salary continuation for 18 months, together with other specified separation benefits, in the event of a termination without cause or for good reason, except that Mr. DeCata will be entitled to receive two times his base salary, together with other specified separation benefits, in the event of a termination without cause or for good reason within 12 months following certain change of control events. The Company has also agreed to reimburse Mr. DeCata with respect to certain relocation expenses. The Company expects to enter into an employment agreement with Mr. DeCata to memorialize the foregoing arrangements.

The Compensation Committee has awarded Mr. DeCata 200,000 Stock Performance Rights ("SPRs") pursuant to the Company’s Amended Stock Performance Plan at an exercise price of $5.96 per share. 50% of the SPRs shall vest and be exercisable on the third anniversary of the grant date, and 50% of the SPRs shall vest on the first date that the fair market value of the Company’s common stock exceeds 200% of the exercise price, with the latter portion of the SPRs being exercisable on the later of (i) the first anniversary of the grant date or (ii) such vesting date.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

99.1 Press release of Lawson Products, Inc. dated September 24, 2012.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

September 27, 2012   By:   Neil E. Jenkins
        Name: Neil E. Jenkins
        Title: Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

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  Press release of Lawson Products, Inc. dated September 24, 2012.