Wayne, PA – Affiliated Distributors (AD), a $31-billion contractor and industrial products wholesale buying/marketing group, has expanded into the power transmission and motors market.
Leading the new division as vice-president/managing director of power transmission is Bill Childers.Childers joins AD with 43 years of experience in the industry. He is the former president of C&U Americas, a leading bearing manufacturer. Previously, he was the vice-president of sales with various power transmission and bearings companies, including Rexnord, NSK Corp., Danaher Motion Group, Colfax and Emerson Power Transmission. He also served as vice-president of sales and marketing for Kaman Industrial Technologies, the third largest distributor of PT and bearings, where he was responsible for national accounts and supplier relations.
“We are excited to welcome our new PT Division to the AD community,” said Jack Templin, president of AD’s Industrial Supply Division. “We are creating this division along with our sister company, supplyFORCE, and a Founding Committee of leading independents. These companies are passionate about growing their businesses and securing a healthy future for independents and leading manufacturers. In the next few months we expect to be announcing several dozen Charter Members and Suppliers. We are confident that they will find a powerful home at AD.”
Bob Purvis, president of Purvis Industries and a member of AD’s Founding PT Committee, commented, “This is the beginning of a new era for the industry and independent distribution in North America. Our new organization will have endless possibilities for distribution and will impact all segments of our industry, from suppliers and independent distributors to end-user consumers.”
Initial Founding Committee members include APEX Industrial Automation, Baldwin Supply Co., Bearing Service Inc., Eastern Industrial Automation, IBT Industrial Solutions, Purvis Industries, Troy Industrial Solutions and Van Meter Inc.
“Our Founding Members include some of the most respected distributors in the industry,” said Childers. “The list of additional companies that have already committed is impressive. Combining the passion and success of these distributors and AD’s track record of delivering above market growth for its members and supplier partners will result in a huge win for the power transmission industry.”
Affiliated Distributors reports that it is the largest contractor and industrial products wholesale buying group in North America, noting that it provides independent distributors and manufacturers of construction and industrial products with support and resources that accelerate growth. Its 540+ plus independently owned members span seven industries and three countries with annual sales in excess of $31 billion. Industries it serves now include electrical, industrial, plumbing, PVF, HVAC, gypsum products, clean energy, power transmission and motors.