affiliate distributors Industrial and construction products buying group Affiliated Distributors, Wayne, PA, reported sales in 2013 of $28 billion. AD’s members across all AD divisions grew 4% in 2013.

By division, AD member sales grew as follows:
•    building materials — 20%
•    electrical — 3.5%
•    HVAC — 10%
•    industrial — 2%
•    plumbing/PVF — 4%

Member growth with AD’s supplier partners was more than double AD member total purchase growth. Net distributions to AD members grew 13%. In 2013, AD members hired 1,618 new employees, opened over 100 new locations and made 37 acquisitions.

“2013 was the 26th year, out of the last 30, where AD members achieved double-digit growth with AD suppliers,” says Bill Weisberg, AD’s chairman and CEO. “Our team is laser-focused on our mission and bullish about 2014.”

Affiliated Distributors has more than 610 independently owned members spanning six industries and two countries.