I realized my 100-year-old house was a bit of a fixer-upper when I bought it, but I figured I’d do most of the work myself. I was filled with enthusiasm and thought it would be fun. I unfortunately didn’t realize that I’m not very good at DIY projects until after I’d begun the first major project. Let’s just say it did not go well.
I scouted around and got several quotes from contractors to not only finish the project at hand, but to repair the damage I’d done. The person I eventually hired offered a number of innovative options at a reasonable price, and I hired him for the job. I’m so glad I did; he remains on my speed dial to this day. His work is excellent, he’s far more knowledgeable and skillful than I am, and I know I can always trust him to find cost-effective solutions to my various household projects/disasters.
Many manufacturers have developed similar relationships with distributors. The role of distributors has evolved over the years to encompass much more than just raw material deliveries. Many distributors offer R&D, testing and product trial services to help manufacturers achieve their goals. For manufacturers that don’t have the staff or the desire to stay on top of a multitude of materials-related issues, finding the right distributor can be the perfect solution.
To help connect manufacturers with the appropriate distributor partner, this issue of ASI includes our second annual Distributor Directory
. This year-long reference tool is organized by region to help you quickly locate a distributor in your area. Distributor listings include company contact information, including address, phone, fax, email, website and key contacts, as well as a description of the company’s offerings.* Many listings also include details regarding the companies that the distributor represents.
The Distributor Directory
is a work in progress, and we’d love to hear your comments. Please contact me at (330) 336-4098 or email@example.com
with your suggestions.*Supplier listings indicate paid advertising. Contact Peg Van Winkle at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and additional details.