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Our roots: hardware of a different sort.

In 1971, we opened our business above a local hardware store in Philadelphia. Space was limited – our passion for customer service was not. It’s this attitude that drove our success in the early years, and it’s been driving our consistent success (and our clients’ successes) ever since.

The growth continues.

Today, SDI is the recognized leader in MRO supply chain services in North America, with installed programs at over 1500 facilities, which includes every school in New York City. We’re a pure-play integrator, not a parts distributor, driven by a relentless focus on finding the best solution for our clients. Our commitment to our partners is still the cornerstone of our business. You’ll notice a commitment to customer service throughout our colorful history:

  • 1994: Publicly traded on NASDAQ. Focus on storeroom management through In-Plant Store®
  • 1995:  SDI expands into Mexico through subsidiary SDM Mexico and is currently the leading  provider of industrial MRO supply chain management services there
  • 1996:  Launch of ‘InSite’, our proprietary information system specifically for MRO
  • 1999:  We begin supply chain services in Canada
  • 2000:  Strategic Sourcing department created
  • 2002:  Central Operations Group created to manage all transactions – from “req to check”
  • 2002:  Roll-out of InSite® Online, Web-based catalog to enhance e-Procurement
  • 2002:  Established partnership with specialized data cleansing company
  • 2003:  SDI acquires cutting-edge inventory management technology
  • 2007:  SDI is acquired by Platinum Equity LLC
  • 2010:  SDI begins operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 2011:  SDI is acquired by private equity firms led by Philadelphia based LLR Partners, Pouschine Cook Capital Partners, and Celerant Capital Partners
  • 2014: SDI named AutoCrib Premier Distributor in North America

Success Story

It takes a progressive manager to push the organization to look at indirect spend and managing it in a different way - but once you see it, then you realize the opportunity.

SDI at Work

Data standardization is part of Google’s new initiative to help people find relevant datasets.  With a recent study from Data Science Central, it’s estimated that data scientists spend 60% of their time preparing data for analysis, rather than performing the analysis itself.  Therefore, the goal of this schema is to drive standardization so that more time can be spent analyzing it.  

Employee Spotlight

Michael is the Operations Manager for SDI’s Brooklyn Warehouse. He has been with SDI since 2007.