What AED Has to Offer

At AED, we offer a variety of services and business development opportunities to our association members at a reduced rate:

  • Professional development: Take advantage of tools such as webinars, seminars, certification tests and self-study programs to enhance your skills, as well as those of your employees. Many of these resources are available online for your convenience.
  • The AED Foundation: Established in 1991 and directed by our members, our foundation addresses workforce development and professional education in the equipment distribution industry.
  • Research and analysis: Use our informative research and reports, resource guides, magazines and other publications to keep abreast of industry news and trends that impact your business.
  • Events: Attending our events such as the annual AED Summit enables you to meet and interact with dealer owners and managers to discuss equipment purchasing opportunities that will boost your company’s revenues and bolster the bottom line.
  • Advocacy: AED serves as the voice of North American equipment distributors in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa. We advocate on behalf of all our members to affect legislative change that benefits machine manufacturing companies and equipment dealers across the nation.
  • Public relations: We promote knowledge, understanding and enhancement of the continually evolving role of heavy equipment suppliers in the rapidly changing marketplace.

Becoming an AED member and utilizing these services will save time and provide a more enriching and rewarding experience than attempting to access them separately. The unmatched quality of the education and information you’ll receive will benefit you and your organization for years to come.

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Industries We Serve

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) is an international trade association representing companies involved in the distribution, rental and support of equipment used in construction, mining, forestry, power generation, agriculture and industrial applications.

Member Services

Manage your Business With These Special Programs and Services

Who are AED Preferred Providers?

The Associated Equipment Distributors has partnered with these companies to provide unique and advantageous offerings exclusively to AED members.

If you are interested in learning more about the Preferred Provider Program, please contact Jon Cruthers at 630-468-5127 or jcruthers@aednet.org

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What is Legal Call Counsel?

  • Your AED membership provides solutions and options: AED’s membership services and benefits are designed to enhance and develop the profitability and continuity of construction equipment dealers by providing tools and resources.
  • AED’s legal call counsel is a FREE legal hotline for AED members provided by Kopon Airdo, LLC – AED’s general counsel. To take advantage of this member benefit today, visit www.koponairdo.com

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Benchmarking Reports

A reliable way to gauge the performance of your business is by comparing it to the competition, as well as industry best practices.

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The AED Foundation

The AED Foundation provides a wide variety of professional education services that include position-specific certifications, webinars, self-study courses and on-site custom programs.

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Flexible Learning Opportunities

AED is your pathway to flexible learning opportunities that accommodate to every level of dealership employee, from apprentice to executive.

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Who are AED Preferred Providers?

The Associated Equipment Distributors has partnered with these companies to provide unique and advantageous offerings exclusively to AED members.

If you are interested in learning more about the Preferred Provider Program, please contact Jon Cruthers at 630-468-5127 or jcruthers@aednet.org

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What is Legal Call Counsel?

  • Your AED membership provides solutions and options: AED’s membership services and benefits are designed to enhance and develop the profitability and continuity of construction equipment dealers by providing tools and resources.
  • AED’s legal call counsel is a FREE legal hotline for AED members provided by Kopon Airdo, LLC – AED’s general counsel. To take advantage of this member benefit today, visit www.koponairdo.com
Learn More

Benchmarking Reports

A reliable way to gauge the performance of your business is by comparing it to the competition, as well as industry best practices.

Learn More

The AED Foundation

The AED Foundation provides a wide variety of professional education services that include position-specific certifications, webinars, self-study courses and on-site custom programs.

Learn More

Flexible Learning Opportunities

AED is your pathway to flexible learning opportunities that accommodate to every level of dealership employee, from apprentice to executive.

Learn More

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  • The AED Foundation

    The AED Foundation enhances the success of member companies by encouraging continuous learning, by providing educational opportunities for today’s employees, and by improving the availability and quality of equipment industry employees in the future.

  • Government affairs

    There’s no other trade organization that does what AED can do can for its members in Washington and Ottawa. The sole purpose of our government affairs program is to increase our influence, make an impact on the industry and improve your bottom-line.

  • Networking opportunities

    AED brings together executives from dealer organizations along with manufacturers and service providers with common interests in the industrial equipment marketplace. Network with decision-makers, expand your distribution network and market your products and services to the North American market.

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Do you have questions or want to learn more about the benefits of joining AED? Feel free to call us at 630-574-0650 for additional information. If you're ready to join, please visit our membership information page to download an application.

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Our History

Look Back At 100 Years Of AED!

AED History
  • An Idea Was Born

    In 1919, Morton R. Hunter developed an idea for an association specifically for equipment distributors.
  • AED Gets Off to A Great Start and Hits the Ground Running

    AED is officially recognized by manufacturers of construction equipment. Morton Hunter is both president and secretary.
  • The Great Depression Takes A Heavy Toll; the New Deal Starts to Turn the Country Around

    New Deal federal programs, public works projects and financial reforms are launched. Dust storms destroy many Midwest farms. Manufacturers are admitted to AED for the first time (as allied members), and 20 join this year. The first rubber-tire tractors are sold.
  • AED Contributes to the War Effort, Manages Chaos of Its Aftermath

    With all the war protocol and associated restrictions in place, AED doubles down its efforts at helping its members figure out how to get parts to keep their equipment operating. Carol F. Winchester is elected as the first full-time executive secretary of AED.
  • AED Navigates Another Wartime, Plus Intense Competition After Passage of the Highway Act

    AED’s ’54 Convention is held in New York instead of Chicago. AED is represented on a national advisory committee for the disposal of surplus property by the Dept. of Defense. This gives AED a voice in making national policy and is an indicator of its position of prominence.
  • AED Faces Tough Challenges – Image and Credit Issues, the Advent of Rentals

    The AED board establishes the “Industry Future Fund” that will allow AED to establish major services and carry out the recommendations of industry committees to contribute to a healthier, more profitable industry. AED President John R. Borchert writes a moving editorial in CE News on the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • Decade Brings OSHA Rules, Gas Shortage, Product Liability Lawsuits

    AED introduces the “Training Guide for Employee Development,” a publication to help distributors set up effective in-house training programs. The Association also releases a “Trainer’s Guide for Manager Development” and a Government Relations Handbook. AED’s library now offers 30 management publications on various industry issues.
  • State of Economy Makes This Hands Down the Worst Decade Yet

    AED forms a Task Committee on Liability Insurance to pursue legislative reforms. The Association joins more than 70 national and state organizations and companies in the 1986 Highway Legislative Coalition to work on congressional reauthorization of federal aid programs for highways.
  • AED Sees Booming Rental Market, Huge Technician Shortage and the Dawn of the Internet

    The AED Foundation education seminars offer training in every operational area of construction equipment distribution, including parts and service, rentals, financial management, business continuity, sales and more. The Association continues to encourage its members to get on the web.
  • The Start of the New Millennium Defined By 9/11, Consolidation and A Wretched Recession

    AED accomplishes a key legislative objective: increasing depreciation incentives on new equipment purchases. This is expected to stimulate significant construction equipment spending. The AED Foundation introduces “Self-Study for Management Excellence,” an online program on AED University to address the needs of dealership branch managers.
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“AED has done a really good job of creating opportunities for the next generation of family businesses. It has taught younger members of management to grow and learn, and to become more effective and valuable members of the management team.”

Travis Burch
Burch-Lowe Inc.

“AED provides professional development opportunities where they might not exist.”

Kara Hamilton
BRAMCO, Inc.

 “AED’s management training and certifications programs have been especially helpful. By providing a proven platform, AED has taken away most of the heavy lifting for distributors, who would otherwise have to go out and investigate other training alternatives.”

Hoyt Edgar “Ed” Kirby Jr
Owner of Kirby-Smith Machinery

“One of the things that is a core strength of AED is that there is a really strong sense of community among the members.”

Toby Mack
EEIA
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