Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Affiliated Distrbutors

AD, the US$31 billion contractor and industrial products wholesale buying / marketing group, reported sales for all AD members across all seven divisions, including Canada, grew by 4% in Q22015 to $16.7 billion.

“AD members and our supplier partners continue to work together to take share and win in the market place,” says Bill Weisberg, AD’s Chairman & CEO. “Our industry executives and member-led divisional boards are working hard to provide growth opportunities for our members through innovative new initiatives such as e-commerce, HR professional services, as well as conversions, marketing and incentive programs. We are also actively recruiting growth-oriented distributors and best-in-class suppliers to join the organization. This quarter we announced the merger with Canaplus, which marks expansion into the Canadian Plumbing & Heating industries. New markets, new geographies and core member growth are three pillars to our strategic growth plans.”

By division, AD Member second quarter sales grew as follows: 

• Canadian electrical 11%
• U.S. electrical 5%a
• Industrial 1%
• Plumbing 5%a
• PVF 3%
• HVAC 7%
• building materials up 11% (year over year)

AD is the largest contractor and industrial products wholesale buying group in North America, providing independent distributors and manufacturers of construction and industrial products with support and resources that accelerate growth. Almost 600 independently owned members span seven industries and three countries with annual sales in excess of US$31 billion.

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Gurvinder ChopraBy Gurvinder Chopra

This June, Canadians will commemorate Electrical Safety Month; June also marks the fourth month of the COVID-19 pandemic national lockdown. For many Canadians, working from home has become the new normal. As confinement continues, the demand for constant power feed to connect to the world we now live, work, and play in at home has grown substantially. Homes are being equipped with new technologies that offer plenty of benefits, but they also place high demand on electrical systems at home, potentially causing serious safety risks. 

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Building Permits - MarchThe total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities decreased 13.2% to $7.4 billion in March, with declines reported in seven provinces and two territories. The $1.1 billion national decrease was the largest since August 2014. This reflected notable drops in Ontario (-12.9%), Quebec (-18.1%) and British Columbia (-19.4%), which coincided with efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 Value of residential permits down

The total value of residential permits decreased 13.1% to $4.6 billion in March.

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Harold HayesHarold Hayes, a stalwart of the electrical industry, passed away peacefully in Scarborough, Ontario at the age of 90 on May 9, 2020.

Harold joined the industry as an apprentice at age 18, working first for his father’s business, Power Cable Installations, and then for Comstock. Among his later accomplishments, he formed Federal Pioneer Electric’s electric heating division, served as president of the Ontario Electric League in 1985, and while in his 80s consulted for Intellimeter Canada Inc.

 

 

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Sarah Silverstein is a principal with Liteline along side her two brothers Mark and Daniel. Together, they lead the company founded by their father, Steve Silverstein, who retired in 2018.

Although she initially pursued a career in outdoor education, Sarah was instrumental in the company’s expansion into architectural lighting and the U.S. market. She joined Liteline as a project manager in between stints working in outdoor education. Now she leads Liteline’s U.S. distribution arm and marketing department.

 

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