By Anthony Capkun
February 6, 2014 – North American industrial and construction products buying group, Affiliated Distributors, reports record sales in 2013 of $28 billion. AD’s members across all divisions grew 4% in 2013, with Electrical up 3.5%.
“I’m really proud of the growth and performance of our market-leading independents and supplier partners,” said Bill Weisberg, AD’s chair and CEO. “2013 was the 26th year, out of the last 30, where AD members achieved double-digit growth with AD suppliers. Our team is laser-focused on our mission and bullish about 2014.”
Member growth with AD’s supplier partners was more than double AD member total purchase growth, says AD. Net distributions to AD members grew 13%. Also in 2013, AD members hired 1618 new employees, opened over 100 new locations and made 37 acquisitions.