Posted September 29, 2017

AD Industrial event sets record attendance

AD Industrial reported record attendance of 800 people at the 2017 AD North American Meeting at the Gaylord Texas, in Grapevine, Texas, from September 17-20.

For the second year, AD Industrial combined its North American Meeting with the AD Bearings & Power Transmission Network meeting.

The theme for this year is #ADSTRONG. During the keynote address, AD chairman and CEO, Bill Weisberg, shared the top three attributes that define AD members and suppliers as smart, driven and unwavering in their beliefs. Weisberg also introduced the AD Disaster Relief Foundation which now allows AD members and suppliers to help one another when a natural or man-made disaster strikes.

AD continues to leverage economies of scale to help members and suppliers stay ahead of the curve. Programs such as AD eCommerce Solutions, AD HR Services, and AD Procurement Services are the most recent examples of how the group continues to support the future of independents. Additional highlights of the AD North American Meeting included best in class networking, strategic partner briefings, young leaders’ events and one on one booth appointments.

Jack Templin, president of AD Industrial Divisions said, “This year’s’ AD North American Meeting was especially satisfying as we are setting records in virtually every measurable category. Our members’ commitment to reward AD suppliers by converting business to them is at the heart of the strong performance. Our success has enabled us to expand the programs and services we can offer to Members and Supplier Partners. Witnessing the enthusiastic engagement was nothing short of inspiring.”

AD also handed out several awards for 2017.

The 2017 AD Spirit of Independence honorees are: Best Annual Planning Process – Quality Mill Supply; Best MRO Conversion to an AD Supplier: All Integrated Solutions, Sia Abrasives and Cribmaster Inc.; Best Tool and Material Handling Conversion to an AD Supplier: – Black & Company and Milwaukee Tool; Best Safety Conversion to an AD Supplier – Industrial Supply Company Inc. and Kimberly Clark; Best Metalworking Conversion to an AD Supplier – Sterling Supply Co. and Dormer Pramet; Supplier of the Year – Performance – Tier 1 – Tingley Rubber Corp.; Supplier of the Year – Performance – Tier 2 – Stanley Black & Decker, DeWalt, Proto; Member of the Year – Performance – Tier 1 – S.L. Fusco; Member of the Year – Performance Tier 2 – P&I Supply; Member of the Year – Leadership – Dan Amatruda, Senior Vice President – Weber Supply Company Inc.; AD MVPs – Kevin Ketter and Jeff Ketter – T&A Industrial Distributors; Giving Back Award – Weber Supply Company Inc.

The following were honored for their dedication and services as outgoing Industrial Board Members and Product Committee Members:

Industrial Board Members: Scott Shively, President – Shively Bros.; Dale Hahs II, CEO – AIS Industrial & Construction Supply; Don Ireland, President – Industrial Supply Company.

Industrial Product Committee Members: Mike Stevenson, President – Powell Tool Supply; Eric Wessinger, President - Richards Supply Company.