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4 AD announces merger with Canaplus Limited Partnership consolidation, globalization and channel convergence." President of AD's Plumbing, PVF and HVAC Divisions Jeffrey Beall shared, "The synergies between our current PHCP members and suppliers together with the new AD Canada Plumbing & Heating members are very exciting. The members are Canadian owned and operated entrepreneurs, local mar- ket leaders focused on a strong service perspective that comple- ments AD values and global scope to create a winning environment for independent distribution." The individuals forming the General Partner of Canaplus, Franois Deschnes, Eric Findlay and Brian Findlay, sent out the following statement regarding the merger, "During our discus- sions with AD, it became clear that many of the best practices our members have enjoyed within Canaplus, also exist within AD. Furthermore, our members should enjoy a number of addi- tional benefits and opportunities through AD. We look forward to winning together." About AD AD provides independent distributors and manufacturers of construction and industrial products with support and re- sources that accelerate growth. Its 570+ plus independently owned members span seven industries and three countries with annual sales in excess of $31 billion. AD- served industries now include electrical, industrial, plumbing, PVF, HVAC, bearings & power trans- mission, and building materials. Visit www.adhq.com WAYNE, PA. - AD, the $31-billion contractor and industrial prod- ucts wholesale buying/ marketing group, announced its continued growth by establishing AD Canada Plumbing & Heating through a merger with Canaplus Limited Partnership, a leading buying group in Canada for independent Ca- nadian wholesale distributors of plumbing and heating supplies and related products. Beginning January 1, 2016, the 23 current members of Canaplus will become the founding mem- bers of AD's newest Division, AD Canada Plumbing & Heating. These members operate more than 250 branches coast to coast across Canada and have substantial mar- ket share. This is AD's seventh merger since the group's founding in 1981 and its third within Canada. AD completed mergers with Ca- nadian electrical groups in 1993 and 2012. Bill Weisberg, AD's Chairman & CEO, commented, "AD's strategy of operating in multiple industries and countries has brought numer- ous benefits to our members and suppliers including: stronger rela- tionships, enhanced best practice sharing and new services. As we look to the future, we believe that AD is uniquely positioned to help independents and suppliers grow and prosper in an age of increased SEPTEMBER 2015 l thewholesaler.com INDUSTRY NEWS WHATS ON THE WEB AT www.thewholesaler.com ADs strategy of operating in multiple industries and countries has brought numerous benefits to our members and suppliers. #OnTheRoad Videos See Mary Jo Martins coverage from the industry-led #TeamDanze at the Courage Classic charity bike ride in the Colorado Rockies and the Omni Buying Group Vendor Invitational in Napa, Calif.; as well as Danielle Galians look at the WANE Leadership Conference in Annapolis, Md. #BetweenUs In her regular #BetweenUs video blogs, Editorial Director Mary Jo Martin give a look at what you'll nd in each issue, along with some special previews of industry events & news. Dont forget to visit our digital edition online at digital.thewholesaler.com ! MAY 2015 VOL 70, NO. 5 PVF HALL OF FAME 2015 News of Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Industrial PVF The 2015 inductee into the PVF Hall of Fame is Puget Sound Pipe & Supply. It is led by third- and fourth-generation members of the founder's family. They include (from left): Scott Lewis, CFO Steven Lewis, Matt Stratiner, Kyle Stratiner, President & CEO Gary Stratiner, Koltin Stratiner and Andy Lewis. A comprehensive inter- view with these innovative executives begins on page 48. September Digital Edition Exclusive! Making credit policies that reduce risk, encourage growth, a case study from BlueTarp Financial

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