Hubbard Supply Co. honored with two national A-D awards

Local 150-year-old company brings home one third of awards possible

FLINT, Mich. – Flint, Michigan-based Hubbard Supply Co. recently accepted two awards in the Industrial Division at the annual Spirit of Independence Awards hosted by Affiliated Distributors Oct. 18 – 21 in Dallas. Out of six awards, Hubbard Supply Co. won two, including Most Valuable Player (MVP) for Amy Brown, program specialist, and Best Conversion in Safety with vendor Protective Industrial Products (PIP).

Hubbard Supply Co. earned the Best Conversion in Safety award by converting PIP from using many types of safety gloves to one glove for many uses, saving the customer $600,000 a year.

Out of more than 700 in attendance (only about 15 of them women), Brown looked around the room to see who they were talking about before they called her name as the award recipient for the coveted MVP.

“I was completely shocked and not expecting it at all,” Brown said. “I was extremely honored and totally overwhelmed. It was great to be recognized by peers on a national level.”

“There’s a big pool for nominations,” said Jeff Bigelow, CEO of Hubbard Supply Co. “So, the fact we won two is pretty significant.”

Other categories included the Giving Back Award; Supplier of the Year; Marketing Excellence; Affiliate of the Year, Marketing Excellence and Best Annual Planning Process. Every year, A-D honors recipients in heating, ventilation and air conditioning; electrical, plumbing, industrial and pipe, valves and fittings divisions.

Affiliated Distributors, or A-D, helps independent distributors out-perform national and international chains. It is made up of more than 540 independently owned members, with 3,598 locations, spanning seven industries and three countries with collective annual sales of $31 billion. A-D distributors are local market leaders, who have deep roots in their communities and strong customer relationships.

Opening in 1865 as Newton and Hubbard Hardware, Hubbard Supply Co. has been serving up personal attention and customer service for 150 years, providing industrial supplies to companies through The Great Depression, two World Wars and the economic downturn of recent years. Hubbard Supply Co. provides solutions to help customers streamline the procurement process, reduce total inventory and increase workplace efficiency.

What started as a small hardware store is now one of the leading industrial and electronic suppliers in Michigan. Today, Hubbard Supply Co. has three branch offices, two distribution centers and eight partner distribution centers and conducts business in all of Michigan as well as northern Indiana and Ohio.

Those interested in Hubbard Supply Co. can call 810-234-8681 or visit