The AD Story

Since our founding in 1981, hundreds of strong independents and leading manufacturers have joined AD to achieve accelerated growth, increased profitability and insure their continued independence. AD has also grown through numerous mergers with other buying groups to more efficiently achieve common objectives and through the entrepreneurial spirit of forward thinking independents who joined together to form new AD Divisions within their industry and country.

At AD we believe that as strong as we each are on our own, together we are stronger. Together, we win.  

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2016

The Canaplus Limited Partnership Group joins AD to form AD Canada Plumbing & Heating.

2015

27 Bearings & PT Distributors join AD to form AD Bearings & Power Transmission.

2014

7 Mexican Electrical Distributors join AD to form AD Mexico.

2012

The Independent Electrical Distributors group joins AD.

2008

The AMAROK Drywall Cooperative joins AD.

2006

The HVAC Group joins AD.

2001

The C. L. Watt group joins AD to form AD Plumbing.

2000

The I.D. One group joins AD Industrial.

1999

AD launches National Accounts company, supplyFORCE.

1995

12 Pipe, Valves & Fittings distributors join AD to form AD PVF.

1994

25 General Line Industrial Supply distributors join AD to form AD Industrial.

1993

The Copel group joins AD to form AD Canada.

1981

48 Electrical distributors join AD to form AD Electrical.

Cumulative Growth & Annual Sales

AD vs. US GDP

0 % 10 % 20 % 30 % 40 % 50 % 60 % 70 % 80 % 90 % 2015 2016 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 $ 20 Billion $ 21 Billion $ 25 Billion $ 27 Billion $ 28 Billion $ 31 Billion $ 32 Billion $ 34 Billion + 9% + 16% + 8% + 4% + 9% + 2% + 3% US GDP