AD Member Sales Up 9% In 2016 To A Record $34.4 Billion

Of AD's same-store overall growth of 3 percent, its Building Materials powered much of it with 16 percent growth. Meanwhile, its Industrial division was down 4 percent.

WAYNE, PA — AD, the $34.4 billion contractor and industrial products wholesale buying/marketing group, reported sales for all AD members, across all seven divisions and three countries grew by 9 percent in 2016. This growth includes ongoing members, new members and losses due to consolidation.

On a same-store basis, AD Members grew 3 percent. By country, AD Member U.S. same-store sales were up 2 percent; AD Canada was up 5 percent and AD Mexico grew 25 percent. By industry, Electrical was up 1 percent; PHCP (Plumbing, PVF & HVAC) was up 3 percent; Industrial was down 4 percent; Bearings & Power Transmission was flat, and Building Materials was up 16 percent. 

Bill Weisberg, AD’s Chairman and CEO comments on the results, "Despite headwinds in industrial and energy markets and price deflation within certain large product categories, member purchases from AD suppliers grew by 9 percent and net distributions to AD Members grew by 15 percent. We also had huge advancements in e-commerce, HR and procurement services. For instance, we created over 1 million enhanced, normalized and attributed SKUs and are playing a support role to help our members refine their digital strategy and launch their webstores. Our role is to help our members compete and win, now and in the future.” 

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