Thomas Associates, Cleveland, OH, a trade association management company, will end its work with the Industrial Supply Association effective May 31, 2006. The company managed the organization and its predecessors for 57 years.
Thomas Associates has been providing contract management services for ISA since the group was founded in July 2004 in a merger with the Industrial Supply Manufacturers Association and the Industrial Distribution Association. Before the establishment of ISA, Thomas had managed ISMA, formerly called the American Supply Machinery Manufacturers Association for more than five decades.
Though we were selected by ISA earlier this fall to provide multiple services for the organization in the future, the inability to arrive at a definitive contractual arrangement going forward in a timely manner ultimately resulted in our resigning at the end of the current contract," said Charles M. Stockinger, chairman and CEO of Thomas Associates. Stockinger said Thomas Associates advised ISA of its intentions late in November 2005.
While disassociating itself with ISA, Thomas Associates will still have a major impact in the industrial supply arena. The company currently manages a number of other organizations whose members provide products for what is called the MROP marketplace.