Schaedler Yesco Distribution Inc. (SYD), Harrisburg, Pa., and APR Supply Co. (APR), Lebanon, Pa., are expanding their joint venture business model into the western Pennsylvania market this fall to Indiana, Pa. APR, a distributor of plumbing, heating and cooling supplies, currently has a branch on Airport Rd. in Indiana, approximately 60 miles east of Pittsburgh and will move its operation to 2060 Shelly Drive to complete the cohabitation between APR and SYD.
With the addition of Indiana, Schaedler Yesco and APR Supply Co. now share 11 multi-distributor facilities throughout Pennsylvania, seven of which contain two partners and four that include an additional business partner, Industrial Piping Systems a distributor of pipe, valve, and fitting supplies.
A press release announcing the joint locations says this business model is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and specifically the wholesale distribution industry. Customers oftentimes make purchases from each of the two distributors already so now they can find a large assortment of material needed for projects in one convenient location, experiencing a level of customer service that surpasses competition.
Their first multi-distributor building was opened by the joint venture in Oct. 2006 in Chambersburg, Pa., and has grown continually ever since.
Schaedler YESCO is ranked #59 on Electrical Wholesaling's 2012 Top 200 listing with $133.8 million in sales, and APR has been doing business in central Pennsylvania for 90 years. Both companies are A-D distributors.
For a listing of joint venture locations, click here.