American Wholesalers and Distributors Directory (AWDD)

American Wholesalers and Distributors Directory (AWDD) is a comprehensive guide offering industry details, including full contact information, SIC code, principal product lines, total number of employees, estimated annual sales volume and principal officers, on wholesalers and distributors in the United States and Puerto Rico.

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Section 1: Scope

The role of wholesalers and distributors in the U.S. economy is vital. Each year, manufacturers produce hundreds of thousands of products from automobiles to zippers. Wholesalers and distributors buy these products from the manufacturer, then sort, assemble, grade, and store them for resale to retailers and commercial, agricultural, governmental, and industrial users.

The American Wholesalers and Distributors Directory (AWDD) provides direct, one-stop access to this market by profiling wholesalers and distributors across the United States and Puerto Rico. These companies include small businesses as well as large corporations, and they represent both the public and private sector.

The U.S. Department of Commerce classifies the industries in which these companies are active by these and other categories:

Section 2: Method of Compilation

Information for this directory was gathered in several ways. Wholesalers and distributors were directly contacted to verify their listings and gather new data. Additional entries were compiled from information contained in Gale databases, including the Ward’s Business Directory of U.S. Private and Public Companies.

Extensive original research was completed by the Gale staff to thoroughly update the wholesaler and distributor listings contained in this edition and to obtain additional new listings.

Section 3: What You'll Find in an AWDD Entry and Searchable Fields

American Wholesalers and Distributors Directory (AWDD) provides detailed information on wholesalers and distributors in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The main method used to store entries is by company name; however, there many ways to find entries, including by Keyword, or by some other specific field of data using Advanced Search (refer to the Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column in the table below).

When you search for entries, your search results will show the main fields of data, enough to give you a brief view of the company profiled. The full entry can be viewed on the entry display page by selecting the entry name from your results list.

Tip: The table below lists the kinds of information you will find in the entries in this eDirectory. Note that not all fields are present in every entry.

The Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column lists which Advanced Search index to use to search that field.

Field of Information Description Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es)
Company Name Name of the wholesaler or distributor. Name (ti)
Keyword (ke)
Address, City, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code, Country Contains the street address, city, state (or province), full zip code, and country code of the company. City (cc)
State (sc)
Zip (zc)
Country (cn)
Phone Telephone number. The area code portion of the phone number can be searched using Advanced Search. Area Code (ar)
Free Toll-free telephone number.  
Fax Fax number.  
Email The company email address(es).  
Website URL for the web site of the company.  
Contact The names and titles of the company’s executive officers. Officers (na)
Keyword (ke)
Founded Year company was established. Year Founded (fd)
Products Describes specific types of products the company wholesales or distributes within its particular industry. Product Name/Description (sg)
Keyword (ke)
Sales This figure represents approximate annual sales as reported by the company. Sales - in 1,000's (an)
Employees This figure represents approximate number of employees as reported by the company. Employee Count (em)
Doing Business As Lists the DBA, if applicable. Name (ti)
Keyword (ke)
Alternate Name Lists any alternate names held by the company. Name (ti)
Keyword (ke)
Subject Categories Lists the company’s reported principal product line. Subject Category (sy)
SIC Lists the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes, which is a way of associating an organization with one or more industries based on hierarchical categories. SIC (ss)
Keyword (ke)
Source Citation Bibliographic information, along with a How to Cite link.  
Gale Document Number Displays the document's unique identifying number.  

Section 4: Comments and Suggestions Welcome

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about American Wholesalers and Distributors Directory (AWDD), as well as suggestions for new listings, please contact:

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  • Welcome to Gale Directory Library
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