Posted October 29, 2019

Walter Surface Technologies joins IBC

IBC announced that Walter Surface Technologies has joined its industrial buying group.

Founded in Montreal in 1952, Walter is a provider of consumable metal working products including abrasives, tooling, power tools, chemical solutions and welding process solutions.

The company serves a diverse array of end markets, including metal fabrication, transportation, construction, energy, mining, forestry and lumber, food and pharmaceuticals in seven countries in North America, South America and Europe. BioCircle  environmentally friendly and workplace-safe cleaning supplies and ALLSTEEL performance-engineered abrasives are brand names owned by Walter Surface Technologies.

“We welcome Walter Surface Technologies, a world class supplier, to the IBC community,” said Mark R. Higgins, business development, relations and recruitment. “The addition of Walter strengthens member choices in key categories and adds new product categories to IBC supplier portfolio. The growth opportunities are plentiful; we see this as a win-win.”

“We are very pleased to be part of this dynamic group of independent distributors, and are committed to working with all IBC members to help them gain and develop new customers,” said Chester Collier, senior vice president at Walter. “We joined IBC because we saw that the IBC recipe allows independents to grow their business based on local conditions, while providing national support and programs to help them achieve results in this very competitive environment. It is quite different from other groups in North America,” he added.

Industrial buyers served by the IBC network of independent distributors represent the automotive, aerospace, power generation, food and beverage, medical, chemical and paper industries, amongst others. In the U.S., it is estimated that independent distributors account for nearly two-thirds of all industrial supply chain sales.