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History of IDC-USA

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In 1986 a new cooperative was formed by a handful of independent industrial bearing and power transmission distributors who believed their combined purchasing power would help them compete on a national level against "big box" chains. On November 2, 1988, this group of companies was formally incorporated as Independent Distributors Cooperative-USA (IDC-USA).

Within two short years of its incorporation, IDC-USA had grown to such an extent that the purchasing group felt the need for a stocking warehouse. In September of 1990, after a careful study of the distribution patterns and advantages of different cities, IDC-USA opened a 12,000-square-foot distribution center in Greenwood, Indiana; a suburb of Indianapolis. The facility, now affectionately remembered as “the little red barn in a cornfield,” opened with one employee and the hope that suppliers would support the concept with inventory.

By September of 1995, IDC-USA had experienced a tremendous amount of growth, especially in the southwest. With the financial assistance from three key suppliers in the form of contract warehousing commitments, IDC-USA opened a second distribution center in Dallas, Texas. This facility was over 33,000 square feet and accommodated IDC-USA inventory, as well as Bando USA, Electron and Nachi America contract warehousing inventory.

On February 17, 1995, legal counsel for IDC-USA filed applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register both the name “Independent Distributors Cooperative-USA” and the IDC-USA. In 1997, the registrations were received for both the name and the logo on May 27 and and September 30, respectively, and they are still being used today.

In the mid-90s IDC-USA’s Board of Directors felt IDC-USA had grown beyond the effectiveness of a Board- managed cooperative and there was a need to reorganize. The Board outlined an initiative called “Plan 2000” which was a draft to restructure the management organization of IDC-USA to allow growth to the next level. A Staffing Committee was established to begin the difficult task of attracting top-notch people to IDC-USA. Today the management team at IDC-USA includes diverse backgrounds and graduate degrees in the areas of law, certified public accounting, public relations, warehousing, and transportation. More importantly, this expertise in the day-to-day management of the company allows the Board of Directors to focus on the visionary future of the cooperative.

By the summer of 1999, IDC-USA had outgrown its original building in Greenwood and obtained the current world-class facility located near the Indianapolis International Airport. This national headquarters houses IDC-USA’s National Headquarters, IDC University, Inside Sales Department, and IDC Distribution Center.

In October of 2001, a comprehensive Information Technology system was introduced to the member companies that allowed them to go to www.IDC-USA.com to check pricing and availability, order products, print past and current invoices, conduct accounts receivable inquiries, obtain usage reports, and access and download catalogs. The design of IDC-USA’s eCommerce website is so efficient and user-friendly that over 90% of the member companies use this technology for everything from “next day air” shipments to large stock orders.

To meet the demands of ongoing growth, IDC-USA doubled the size of its Indianapolis-based distribution center to 50,000-square-feet in 2009 allowing the cooperative to also double the amount of stocked inventory. Independent distributors with a vested interest in IDC-USA enjoy 24/7 access to inventory.

That same year, the cooperative re-launched www.IDC-USA.com improving usability, speed, and functionality of their eCommerce site. The new site features tools to help distributors find the products they need more quickly through effective keyword searching to efficiently drill down into solutions for customers.

With increased growth in the western region of the country, IDC-USA opened a second distribution center in Reno, Nevada in 2011. The opening of this 31,000-square-foot distribution center enables the cooperative to better serve all of its distributors and plays a significant role in helping the cooperative achieve the goals of its strategic plan.

Today, IDC-USA is a national purchasing, marketing, and selling cooperative representing hundreds of independent distribution locations across North America and that number continues to grow. IDC-USA has partnered with over 70 suppliers to serve end-users with the highest quality bearing, power transmission, hose, rubber, hydraulics, and related products available.