Denver, CO (October 10, 2016) – PRO Group, Inc. is pleased to announce a merger with Reliable Distributors, Inc., a Chicago-based marketing, merchandising and wholesale distributor group. Reliable will add 74 distributors and over $2 billion in volume to PRO Group and will create a stronger platform to support independent retailers around the country.
Founded in 1986, Reliable Distributors has built a strong foundation of distributors and suppliers with over 200 distribution centers across the country. Combined with the over $3 billion in sales volume and the 30 member distributors and 350 suppliers of PRO Group, the partnership is poised to provide marketing strategies and program support to help distributors and retailers continue to meet the competitive challenges of the marketplace.
“A key benefit resulting from this merger is that infrastructure costs will be spread over an expanded customer base that reduces channel costs and delivers expanded value to the groups’ member suppliers, distributors, and their retail customers,” said Steve Synnott, President and CEO of PRO Group, Inc. “The combination of Reliable and PRO is a big win for independent retailers the groups’ distributors serve.”
To strengthen the platform of support, the merger will yield a greater assortment of suppliers and distributors who will be able to collaborate and partner with each other. This will increase purchasing power and the variety of products and categories available to all members of both groups. In addition, Reliable and PRO Group will continue to provide services that members have come to rely upon.
“We are excited to merge Reliable Distributors with PRO Group. Consolidation of the two groups will bring added synergies to both organizations throughout the purchasing, advertising and marketing areas,” said Allan Meyer, President of Reliable Distributors. “Both groups will benefit from the combined purchasing power along with the expansion of the supplier program selections for all of the member distributors.”
Group offices will be located at 8480 East Orchard Road, Suite 3000 Greenwood Village, CO 80111. For more information, please contact:
PRO Group, Inc. (www.pro-group.com) is a multidivisional international merchandising and marketing organization with corporate headquarters in Denver. Its operating units include PRO Hardware, GardenMaster, FARM MART, GOLDEN-LINK and Reliable Distributors. The company’s purchasing power exceeds $5 billion through its member distributors.