EIS Inc.’s diversification through acquisition and the backing of its parent company, Genuine Parts Company, help make the company a major force in its target markets. “We strive to be a total source to our customers for everything they would need to build a motor, power a data center or repair a transformer,” President and CEO Bob Thomas says. “We tell our customers that we are an extension of their business and a single source for materials when they want them.”

The Atlanta-based company is one of the leading distributors of process materials, production supplies and specialty wire and cable in North America. EIS serves the electrical OEM, motor repair and assembly markets with more than 100,000 products. The company operates 48 branches and seven fabrication facilities totaling more than 700,000 square feet of warehouse space. 

Formed in September 2000 as Distributor Partners of America (DPA) by 67 independent high-volume janitorial and sanitary distributors, DPA Buying Group is focused on growing sales for member distributors and preferred vendors. Today, DPA includes more than 600 independent distributors and more than 180 national vendors. It has expanded beyond the janitorial/sanitary sector and is active in the safety equipment and clothing, packaging, restoration, and industrial tool and fastener industries. 

“Since the group formed, we have realized that the curtains between industries were coming down,” Executive Director Zachary Haines says. “You need access to many products and service sectors to be successful. The end-user is becoming more demanding, but we can help our members take advantage of opportunities all around them so they can better compete.”

The Internet has made it possible for individuals to connect with libraries halfway around the world or tour historic landmarks through a video feed, effectively democratizing information and resources that used to be restricted to a select few. DollarDays International founder and CEO Marc Joseph says his company does the same for small retailers, making it possible for them to compete with the large chains and connect with major manufacturers and brands in a way that simply wasn’t possible for them 15 years earlier. 

With a 20-year history of innovation, DDI System has helped more than 700 wholesale distributors in their efforts to find long-term success. DDI System strives to provide wholesale distributors with a strong blend of vertical market-specific features, leading-edge functionality and first-class support.

The company came into being because one of its founders had a background in the specialty plumbing sector and realized that information systems could help improve productivity and efficiency. Over time, the effort to build that technology and continue its evolution morphed into DDI System and its Inform ERP distribution software.

Contractors, homebuilders and do-it-yourselfers know that having quality materials is one of the most important elements of a successful job. All the know-how in the world can’t make up the difference between quality materials and substandard ones. Trusting in the materials means trusting in the supplier, and customers in northeast Ohio have trusted in Active Plumbing Supply for more than 50 years. President Chuck Rathburn says the keys to the company’s longevity and success over the past half-century have been rooted in the connections it makes with customers and its ability to give customers the face-to-face interactions necessary to ensure they have faith in the materials they buy. 

Active Plumbing Supply has been supplying northeast Ohio with high-quality building materials since 1956. From its six locations throughout the region, the company supplies professionals and homeowners with high-quality building materials for plumbing, heating, kitchen and bath projects. Active Plumbing Supply stocks the top brands in the industry, including Moen, American Standard and Delta. With millions of dollars in inventory on the ground and fully stocked at each location, Active Plumbing Supply says it has virtually anything needed for any plumbing or heating project. 

Founded in San Jose, Calif., in 1974, Valin Corp. has become a leading technical solutions provider for the technology, energy, life sciences, natural resources and transportation industries. The company offers personalized order management, on-site field support, comprehensive training and applied expert engineering services utilizing automation, fluid management, precision measurement, process heating, filtration and fluid power products.

In its earliest days, Valin focused on fluid handling and developing products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor equipment and microchips. Over time, the company expanded its capabilities based on market and economic conditions. 

Symmetry Electronics, founded in 1998, is a global, fully franchised and authorized distributor focused on the sale, technical support and distribution of wireless, audio/video and embedded products. The company is enjoying significant growth as of late, serving fast-growing market segments with its differentiated approach to electronics distribution.

Symmetry has headquarters and a warehouse in Los Angeles and uses third-party warehouses in Asia and other locations. There are sales offices in Boston and San Jose – the company’s two largest markets in the Americas – and China. It also employs salespeople to cover the markets in the Americas, including Mexico and Brazil, and in Asia, including China and Hong Kong. The company has approximately 45 suppliers and distributes products worldwide.

Pacific Industrial, an investment firm that develops industrial real estate, sees great potential in the hot Southern California industrial real estate market. Started two years ago, Pacific Industrial now has $150 million in development, $150 million in its pipeline and $100 million in facilities under management.

Pacific Industrial is a highly focused industrial real estate development and acquisition platform exclusively focused on the 2-billion-square-foot Southern California industrial real estate market, the company says. “Southern California is one of the most robust industrial markets in the world, driven by a dense population base and the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, two of the largest ports in the world,” Pacific Industrial says. 

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