The 2020 Mid-Year Economic Update_long

Affiliated Distributors Expands into Latin America

Recruitment for AD will start in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.

Affiliated Distributors, industrial and construction products buying and marketing group in North America, is expanding into the Latin American market.

“AD is now open for business in Latin America and we look forward to working with and sharing best practices with the best independent distributors and manufacturers in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia,” said Bill Weisberg, chairman and CEO of Affiliated Distributors. “The creation of AD Latin America is driven by our sense of responsibility to our existing members and supplier partners and consistent with AD’s mission to help strong independents work together in order to counter the geographic scale advantage of national and international chains.”

Leading the Latin American expansion is Carlos Garcia Ramirez, AD’s new managing director and vice president of Latin America. He comes to AD with three decades of experience in the electrical industry. Before joining AD, he served as Panduit’s managing director of Latin America, Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East. He will continue to live in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Affiliated Distributors has a combined $28 billion in member sales.

“In Latin America we are partnering with existing members, with supplyFORCE and with our globally focused supplier partners to support their growth strategies,” Weisberg said.

Strategic recruitment in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia will be initial countries of focus for AD. Over the next few years the group will expand to additional countries in Central and South America and other markets around the globe.


About the Author
Leave a Reply

Leave a Comment

Sign Up for the MDM Update Newsletter

The MDM update newsletter is your best source for news and trends in the wholesale distribution industry.

By subscribing, you are agreeing to MDM’s Privacy Policy.


articles left

Want more Premium content from MDM?

Subscribe today and get:

  • New issues twice each month
  • Unlimited access to, including 10+ years of archived data
  • Current trends analysis, market data and economic updates
  • Discounts on select store products and events

Subscribe to continue reading

MDM Premium Subscribers get:

  • Unlimited access to
  • 1 year digital subscription, with new issues twice a month
  • Trends analysis, market data and quarterly economic updates
  • Deals on select store products and events



You have one free article remaining

Subscribe to MDM Premium to get unlimited access. Your subscription includes:

  • Two new issues a month
  • Access to 10+ years of archived data on
  • Quarterly economic updates, trends analysis and market data
  • Store and event discounts

To continue reading, you must be an MDM Premium subscriber.

Join other distribution executives who use MDM Premium to optimize their business. Our insights and analysis help you enter the right new markets, turbocharge your sales and marketing efforts, identify business partners that help you scale, and stay ahead of your competitors.