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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

Grant now available from Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is offering matching grant awards of up to $5,000 to improve workplace safety and health. The grants are open to qualifying employers with the goal to create a safer and healthier work environment.

Employers must have a site-specific evaluation conducted with written recommendations for improvement. The grant project must be consistent with the recommendations of the safety and/or health evaluation and must directly relate to improvements that will lead to a reduction in the risk of injury or disease to employees.

Areas of improvement include:

  • Monitoring Equipment for Confined Space Entry
  • Noise Reduction Engineering Controls
  • Lock Out/Tag Out Systems
  • Cooling Systems for Agriculture-based Worksites
  • Eyewash Stations for the Accommodations Industry

For more information on the matching grant award, visit their website. You may also download a grant application for further instructions.

For help ordering products for your grant project, please contact your Hubbard Supply Co. representative or contact our main office.

Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Compliance


The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) regulations are being implemented around the globe – in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, among other continents and countries.

OSHA published an updated Hazard Communications standard in March 2012. The new standard incorporates the major elements of the GHS. A three year transitional period is expected, which will allow companies to have enough time to fully implement the new standards in their facilities

Starting in January 2014, manufacturers, distributors, and employers working with, storing or transporting chemicals in the U.S. must train their employees or face possible fines from OSHA.

GHS Deadlines
December 1, 2013 – Employees Trained
June 1, 2015 – Comply with modified provisions
December 1, 2015 – Can no longer ship products with old labels
June 1, 2016 – Update workplace labeling

5 Steps to Hazard Communication Compliance
1.Develop a written Hazard Communication plan.
2.Inventory all hazardous chemicals.
3.Establish and maintain a complete library of Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
4.Label all containers, pipes and tanks.
5.Train your workforce.

If you need help with any of these deadlines, we can help! Contact us today. We also have a Brady GHS Starter Kit available for sale.

What is Affiliated Distributors?

Heard this one? The employees of “Big Box” chain stores are so bad at finding things in their inventory that if you keeled right over in Aisle 3, it’d take about a week before anyone located your body.

You might be laughing right now, but it’s so true that maybe you’re crying instead.

National chain supplies seem to have traded in their experienced employees (who cost them higher wages) for a high turnover rate and not much training. This lets them sell you their products for a far lower price, but makes a poor customer experience at the same time. Whether you’re buying or distributing, the national chain disease can be fatal.

Here at Hubbard, we’re partial to independent businesses. We like the freedom of carrying products from small and midsized manufacturers, and we like supporting other local companies and giving back to our communities. Yet, we still recognize the importance of keeping prices competitive for our customers. Affiliated Distributors (A-D) helps us accomplish all these goals.

What Is A-D?
A-D is an association of independently owned and operated businesses whose expertise spans across seven separate industries. By banding together, we have far more purchasing power than we did standing solo. This lets us pass those savings on to our customers and stay competitive with national chain prices, while still offering capabilities above and beyond what national chains can deliver.

Our membership in Affiliated Distributors gives us the purchase power of a national chain, yet lets us continue running independently. We also get to network with similar businesses doing exactly what we’re doing: providing outstanding products to our loyal customer base. This combination gives us far greater flexibility to react to the need of every individual customer than national chains ever could.

Giving Back
The bottom line is about more than your invoice total. By supporting national chains instead of local businesses, you’re sending your dollars to travel outside the community. A local business will hire a local accountant, for example, and probably bank through a local bank. National chains outsource all their business support needs back to headquarters thousands of miles away.

No one wants to weaken his or her community, but we do understand that your invoice total is a powerful motivator. We’re committed to giving our customers a competitive option that allows them to continue supporting local companies without breaking the bank. A-D helps us achieve this goal, while still offering large-scale major manufacturing products and solutions that meet your unique needs.

We understand that it’s just not realistic to spend twice as much buying from local businesses, and we know that the cookie-cutter answers delivered by national chains aren’t right for every company. A-D gives us a way to offer more innovative solutions to our customers than national chains, while passing savings onto our customers so they can feel great about buying local without going broke. In return, we can funnel that money right back into our community. Best of all, we can accomplish all of this without any mysterious smells coming from Aisle 3.


Healthy Workplace in Manufacturing Environments

Did you know that 99% of workers are affected by a minor illness annually? Or that 72% of those illnesses could be prevented with better hygiene?

With cold and flu season quickly approaching, employee absenteeism will be on the rise thanks to the common cold, stomach illness, influenza and/or migraine headaches. A virus on person’s hand can be transferred to 6 different people!

Using The Hygienify Routine by Kimberly Clark, you can reduce the risk infection from cold and flu by about 80%.

The business impact of illness (both absence and working while sick) is $1,685 per employee, per year. You can help reduce the cost and strain on your business by:

  1. Performing an audit of your workplace to identify hot spots of activity.
  2. Keeping a supply of tissues, sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for employee use.
  3. Following the 3-step protocol (wash, wipe, sanitize) outlined in the video above.
  4. Communicating the importance of hygiene and preventative measures to all employees.

For more information on products available to reduce workplace illnesses, contact your Hubbard Supply sales representative.

Value vs. Cost

An easy way to choose a new product or company is on price. But is that the best way?

In a recent Imagine Communications blog, account manager Nadia Zerka had the following to say about buying on value vs. cost:

When deciding to purchase a new product or service, don’t just take into account the sticker price. Consider the following:

What need does the product have to fulfill?
Let’s say you own a mirror showroom and those mirrors need to be cleaned daily. The product you purchase should be able to clean and dry each mirror.

How much do you want to spend?
I know, this may be little contradictory to what I’ve written thus far, but stick with me. You do need to have a budget in place. If you can’t afford to pay for the $2,500 glass cleaning machine, that’s one issue. If you don’t want to pay $2,500, that’s another.

How do you plan to make the purchase?
Sure, you can go to the store to pick up glass cleaner and paper towels. But you own a mirror showroom. You could end up doing that three times a week. Is there a local supply house that could deliver the products instead? Explore all options.

What’s the actual cost of the product?
That’s just the cost of paper towels and the cost of glass cleaner, right? WRONG. How many paper towels are you using? How many times do you have spray the cleaner? How long does it take you to go to the store? If you decide to just go to the store once and stock up, where will you put all that stuff? All these factors affect the cost of the product.

There’s always more the story when you are making a purchase decision. Take the time to do the research and evaluate the entire picture, not just the cost. You’ll find that in the long run, investing some time and money in the beginning may save you a lot more than you realize.

To read the entire blog post, visit: ‘But it only cost a dollar!’

Our new website

Welcome to the newly redesigned Hubbard Supply Co. website!

On our new site, you can download the latest line card and flyers, view our featured products, learn about our innovative solutions and read our blog. We also provide a listing of our product and vendor lines. Learn more about where we started on our history page and see which organizations we have affiliated with to better serve our customers. Starting in January 2013, you will even be able to access our online store!

The most important feature of our website is our contact page. We want to hear from you! Let us know what you think, if you there is anything you want to see or just to catch up. We’re available to answer your questions and look forward to hearing from you.

Hubbard Supply Co. – The Basics

Did you know Hubbard Supply Co. was one of the first companies to provide industrial supplies to General Motors? Learn more about how Hubbard Supply Co. started by visiting our History page.

Founded in 1865, we have a long-standing reputation for product and service quality that has remained solid as we have expanded to meet the growing needs of our customers. Hubbard Supply Co. provides practical solutions to help our customers streamline the procurement process, reduce total inventory, and increase workplace efficiency.

Our competitiveness is leveraged through our memberships with Affiliated Distributors (A-D) and Edge Inc. Our memberships, combined with several other leading companies in North America, offer many advantages including combined purchasing power to gain the lowest possible cost on product, access to premier product lines, and ensuring that we obtain the highest level of support from our manufacturers.