On April 12, 2018 S.P. Richards announced their merger with Essendant.  "Together, S.P. Richards and Essendant will form a stronger, more competitive company with greater scale and service capabilities and an enhanced ability to support our customers and strengthen the independent dealer channel."

The press release issued by S.P. Richards can be found here.

S.P. Richards also issued this Supplier letter and Supplier FAQ regarding the merger.