What AED Has to Offer

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) serves as a valuable resource for machinery dealers around the globe. We’re dedicated to supporting the heavy equipment market by helping businesses make connections and stay up to date on the latest industry news.

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: As a national association for equipment dealers, we have experience conducting trusted 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. We also host symposiums, conferences and other events throughout the year for our associated distributors.
  • 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

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. Our members use the resources we offer to gain a competitive advantage and make the most of recent trends.

We work with farm and mining equipment dealers and manufacturers to support the larger equipment industry. Because the market is constantly changing and evolving, it’s important for businesses to have access to the proper resources and information. Whether you rent out equipment or provide specialized services for distributors, we can help you stay in touch. With members from multiple industries, we pave the way for new market growth every day.

Member Services

Manage your Business With These Special Programs and Services

Who are AED Preferred Providers?

Associated Equipment Distributors has partnered with these companies to provide unique and advantageous offerings exclusively to AED members. Our AED Preferred Providers services are special benefits we reserve for teams that partner with us. If you participate actively in our programs, you can take advantage of our technology services, insurance options, hauling services, legal services and more.

If you are interested in learning more about the Preferred Provider Program, please contact Jon Cruthers at 630-468-5127 or jcruthers@aednet.org. We also have more details about our individual preferred provider services on the AED Preferred Providers service page.

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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.

When you work in a high-demand industry with heavy equipment, it’s important to have a legal contact you can trust. At our machinery dealers association, we ensure all our members have access to reliable legal help.

AED’s legal call counsel is a FREE legal hotline for AED members provided by Kopon Airdo, LLC – AED’s general counsel. Kopon Airdo Attorneys at Law provides a wide range of experts, as well as expertise in multiple legal subjects such as education, business and product liability. To take advantage of this member benefit today, visit www.koponairdo.com

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Benchmarking Reports

When it comes to manufacturing or distributing machinery and equipment, performance is too critical to leave up to chance. A reliable way to gauge the performance of your business is by comparing it to the competition, as well as industry best practices. Our benchmarking reports help you view business strengths and weaknesses more clearly — and this provides the insights you need to create new goals and objectives.

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The AED Foundation

The AED Foundation is an organization designed to promote research and career growth for machinery dealers. We offer great opportunities to seek further education and learn about valuable industry information. 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. You can join The AED Foundation by becoming a member of our national association today.

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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. Consider taking advantage of our flexible learning opportunities if you want to get ahead in the heavy equipment industry. Our industrial equipment distributors have access to all types of membership resources, including webinars, networking events, seminars and much more. By getting involved in our flexible learning opportunities, you can hold your products and workers to higher standards.

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Who are AED Preferred Providers?

Associated Equipment Distributors has partnered with these companies to provide unique and advantageous offerings exclusively to AED members. Our AED Preferred Providers services are special benefits we reserve for teams that partner with us. If you participate actively in our programs, you can take advantage of our technology services, insurance options, hauling services, legal services and more.

If you are interested in learning more about the Preferred Provider Program, please contact Jon Cruthers at 630-468-5127 or jcruthers@aednet.org. We also have more details about our individual preferred provider services on the AED Preferred Providers service page.

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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.

When you work in a high-demand industry with heavy equipment, it’s important to have a legal contact you can trust. At our machinery dealers association, we ensure all our members have access to reliable legal help.

AED’s legal call counsel is a FREE legal hotline for AED members provided by Kopon Airdo, LLC – AED’s general counsel. Kopon Airdo Attorneys at Law provides a wide range of experts, as well as expertise in multiple legal subjects such as education, business and product liability. To take advantage of this member benefit today, visit www.koponairdo.com

Learn More

Benchmarking Reports

When it comes to manufacturing or distributing machinery and equipment, performance is too critical to leave up to chance. A reliable way to gauge the performance of your business is by comparing it to the competition, as well as industry best practices. Our benchmarking reports help you view business strengths and weaknesses more clearly — and this provides the insights you need to create new goals and objectives.

Learn More

The AED Foundation

The AED Foundation is an organization designed to promote research and career growth for machinery dealers. We offer great opportunities to seek further education and learn about valuable industry information. 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. You can join The AED Foundation by becoming a member of our national association today.

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. Consider taking advantage of our flexible learning opportunities if you want to get ahead in the heavy equipment industry. Our industrial equipment distributors have access to all types of membership resources, including webinars, networking events, seminars and much more. By getting involved in our flexible learning opportunities, you can hold your products and workers to higher standards.

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  • The AED Foundation

    Machinery dealers in every location rely on The AED Foundation for high-quality technical resources, professional development opportunities and recruitment options. This resource is beneficial to employers and employees who want to advance their careers and educational backgrounds.

    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

    We establish positive government relations by supporting political figures and policies that have the best interest of our industry at heart. Our advocacy programs are committed to making changes that have a good impact on industry taxes, regulatory policies and infrastructure programs. As an international dealer association, we facilitate both U.S. and Canadian government relations for the sake of our market and business members.

    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

    Building strong professional connections is an important part of maintaining business efficiency. At AED, we host a variety of events that offer rich 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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