The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) welcomed four new members in the fourth quarter of 2012: A & W Bearings & Supply Co. Inc., Brenner Industrial Sales, Northeast Industrial Technologies, and Gorman-Rupp of Canada Ltd. The driving theme behind the new memberships suggests that in a challenging industrial and manufacturing sector, companies are increasingly finding value in education, networking, and business intelligence and tools to stay competitive and profitable.
A & W Bearings & Supply Co. Inc., based in Dallas, is a distributor of bearings, mechanical PT, motors, electrical/electronic drives, hydraulics and pneumatics, linear motion, and motor/motion control products. George Yarbrough, president and CEO, said, “As a 40-year-old company, we’ve not been very involved in very many associations, but we are excited that PTDA can offer us both networking and educational learning opportunities and we are eager to take advantage of both.”
Brenner Industrial Sales, based in Youngstown, Ohio, is a distributor of mechanical PT, bearings, motors, material handling, motor/motion control products and electrical electronic drives. Bruce Anderson, president, said he joined PTDA because, “I’m hoping to better connect with my fellow distributors and gain access to affordable training materials created and vetted by my distributor colleagues.” The company’s website will be online soon at www.brennersales.com.
Northeast Industrial Technologies Inc., based in Lima, N.Y., is a distributor of mechanical PT, material handling, bearings, motors, electrical/electronic drives, linear motion, motor/motion control and hydraulic and pneumatic products. Michael Shaffer, CEO, said, “We joined the association hoping to gain access to industry barometers and market trends and learn more about what is going on in the industry. So far, the association is delivering.”
Gorman-Rupp of Canada Ltd., based in St. Thomas, Ontario, is a manufacturer of pump products. General Manager Robert Furneaux said, “Our membership in PTDA is an ideal avenue to communicate with our manufacturing peers, participate with our distribution, and strengthen our global brand presence.”
Founded in 1960, the PTDA represents 174 firms in the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel that generate more than $11 billion in sales and span close to 3,400 locations in the United States, Canada, and eight other countries. PTDA members also include 184 manufacturers that supply the PT/MC industry. PTDA’s website is at www.ptda.org.