Affiliated Distributors Announces Power Transmission Division

The new division includes eight charter suppliers, led by managing director Bill Childers.

Industrial products wholesale buying and marketing group Affiliated Distributors (AD) made a major announcement Monday with the news of its new Power Transmission division.

The division is led by Bill Childers, AD's vice president/managing director of power transmission. 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, Childers has worked as the VP of Sales with various Power Transmission and bearings companies including Rexnord, NSK Corporation, Danaher Motion Group, Colfax and Emerson Power Transmission. He also served as VP of Sales and Marketing for Kaman Industrial Technologies.

“Our Founding Members include some of the most respected Distributors in the industry," Childers said of the expansion. "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.”

The 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. 

Jack Templin, President of AD’s Industrial Supply Division, said, “We are excited to welcome our new PT Division to the AD community. 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 be have endless possibilities for distribution and will impact all segments of our industry from suppliers and independent distributors to the end user consumers."

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