Meridian, Miss.-based Southern Pipe & Supply Co., our 2013 Supply House of the Year, recently announced it has joined the Affiliated Distributors buying group. 


Chariman Marty Davidson (left) and President and CEO Jay Davidson represent the third and fourth generations of Davidsons in the business. Photo by Mike Miazga/Supply House Times

AD is a community of independent distributors and manufacturers of construction and industrial products. AD includes 620 members operating more than 3,600 locations worldwide with combined annual sales in excess of $28 billion.

“Affiliated Distributors offers Southern Pipe valuable support and in-depth resources that will help us accelerate our growth and leverage our buying power. We’ll also benefit from AD’s support in data collection, report tracking, training, marketing and advertising, and problem solving,” Southern Pipe& Supply President Jay Davidson said. “Southern Pipe is known for our commitment to our employees and our customers. This affiliation will enhance our ability to serve both groups well.

“We’re honored to have Southern Pipe choose AD as its industry buying and marketing group partner for plumbing, PVF, HVAC and electrical,” AD CEO Bill Weisberg said.

Southern Pipe & Supply, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2013, is one of the nation’s largest privately held independent wholesalers of plumbing, heating, air conditioning, industrial, and water and sewer supplies. It operates 96 locations in seven states serving residential and commercial plumbing, HVAC and waterworks customers.

 “The opportunity to share ideas with some of the best wholesalers in the industry throughAffiliated Distributor’s peer-to-peer networking system was a key factor in our decision to join the group,” said Marty Davidson, chairman of Southern Pipe & Supply, who began his career with the company by stocking shelves at the age of five. “We believe that being a part of AD will help Southern Pipe continue to be one of the leaders in our industry and cultivate lasting relationships with our employees and our customers for the next 75 years.”