History of NAED

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The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) was founded on December 9, 1908 as the Electric Supply Jobbers Association (ESJA), headquartered in Chicago, Ill. The first goal of this new organization was to establish the electrical distributor as an essential force in the electrical industry and the economy.

As the industry grew and developed, so did the association. In June 1928, we changed our name to the National Electrical Wholesalers Association (NEWA). Also at this time, we moved our headquarters to New York City. We went through one additional name change when we became the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) in 1949.

In 1969, we realized our members had a need for industry-specific education and training programs. That was when we formed the NAED Education & Research Foundation. In just a few short years, the Foundation was offering numerous seminars that were open to the public. Today, the Foundation has impacted thousands of individuals with its wide array of educational programs.

The '70s were a busy decade. In addition to many other activities, we debuted the first "Cost of Doing Business Study," which later became the NAED PAR Report™, as well as the Under 40 Club, known today as the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) committee. Over the years, the NAED PAR Report™ has become one of NAED's most valuable services while the LEAD group provides a forum to develop the electrical industry's emerging leadership.

NAED moved from Wilton, Conn. to its current home in St. Louis, Mo. in 1997. The St. Louis headquarters continues to be the center for the daily operations of the association.

Thanks to the support and involvement of its members, NAED has become the central source of the nation's distributors and their affiliates. It continues to be the meeting place of the industry, providing the only meetings attended by the entire electrical industry.

Regardless of what the future holds, NAED will be standing strong beside electrical distribution, helping it remain the channel of choice for electrical supplies.