Founded in 1976 by 18 industry leaders who sought to create an organization where manufacturers and distributors of construction/industrial products could interface.
The 18 industry leaders that founded STAFDA contracted with industry veteran Morrie Halvorsen to serve as the first executive director. Upon his retirement in December 1999, Georgia Foley assumed executive director responsibilities on January 1, 2000.
In the past 35 years, STAFDA has grown from the initial 18 founding members to 2,500+ member companies. Membership is comprised of 1,052 distributors, 1,130 associates, 22 publishing affiliates, and 305 manufacturer rep/agents.
Dues and Benefits
Surprisingly, annual membership dues have remained constant at $350 since 1977, while services and programs have continued to expand. STAFDA members enjoy a "buffet" of over 70 different benefits where they can pick and choose what suits their business needs.
STAFDA holds an annual convention in November for members to convene and take part in educational programs, seminars, and an exciting trade show that is always well attended by leading manufacturing, distribution, and rep agencies within the industry.
Promote a better understanding of the economic value of the functions performed by distributors of power tools, construction fasteners, and related accessories among customers and suppliers.
Conduct Research for the benefit of the membership as a whole, and to develop ways and means of increasing the value of distribution to the free enterprise system.
Develop and promote programs to educate the members on the importance of the wholesale distribution channel leading to an efficient and competitive economy.
Collect and Disseminate statistical information to participating companies without reference to individual members. The primary purpose of these reports is to promote efficient and competitive operations.
Advise members of legislation, regulations and lobbying efforts affecting their business.
Exert its best efforts toward the development of a more effective, efficient and economical wholesale distribution channel.
Cooperate with other organizations in a legal and ethical manner.
Ensure the accomplishment of any objectives or purposes herein set forth or which shall be recognized as proper and lawful objectives of this Association, all of which shall be consistent with public interest and in the interest of the specialty distribution industry.