The foundation of supplyFORCE's strong position in the marketplace is it's partnership with Affiliated Distributors (A-D). A-D, also headquartered in King of Prussia, PA and often referred to as our sister company, is the nation's leading marketing and buying group that has represented supplyFORCE's network of independent distributors - to manufacturers - for more than twenty-five years.
A-D was founded in 1981 as the first buying group in the electrical industry with a national distribution strategy. Eleven years later, in 1992, A-D received Justice Department approval and began to coordinate member bids for national business. Seven years later, in 1999, A-D spun their National Accounts Program into a separate company named supplyFORCE.
The relationship that we have with A-D is closely aligned so that both companies have a clear understanding of specific objectives and how they impact each other's business, the network and our valued customers. A-D provides us with the strong manufacturer relationships and price support that helps us facilitate a diverse group of distributors to effectively deliver national solutions across a wide geographical area.