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 "ASD affords a convenient forum for the business person
  to 'network, on a regular basis. In addition, membership
  also provides us with an 'educational segment', in speakers
  or panels that inform us on pertinent industry topics; all
  at reasonable cost."
- Tom McDonald, Sales Manager
                                         Coil Sitting International


Member Benefits

Our members are the association's most valuable asset. Every ASD program is designed to serve member needs. The association provides a unique opportunity for industry professionals by offering the advantages and services of a national association while providing the individual attention of a local organization.  ASD is determined to improve your business through increased communication and market information. 

Economic E-Newsletter

  ASD member companies receive a subscription to the economic e-newsletter, Fabrinomics®, authored by Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst and founder of Armada Corporate Intelligence. In addition to responding to current news stories, Dr. Kuehl also provides original content that speaks directly to industry decision-making concerns. Fabrinomics® provides members with twice monthly, electronically delivered, summaries of current relevant business and economic stories accompanied by commentary that interprets how this news can affect your business decisions. 


Discounted Shipping Services

  YRC Freight is committed to providing ASD members with special negotiated rates on shipping services, with 24/7 Customer Service to support your company's needs. YRC Freight is a leader in 2-5 day LTL (less-than-truckload) shipping with comprehensive service throughout North America. Members typically save between 5-15% over what they currently pay with their incumbent carrier or logistics provider. We offer a variety of shipping solutions, which include standard, guaranteed, expedited, cross-border, exhibit, truckload, and custom services. Call 800.647.3061 or email before your next shipment to compare your current provider’s rates to the rates under ASD's association discount program. To request pricing online, visit


Let ASD improve your bottom line with competitive rates on UPS® shipping services. Save up to 34%* on a broad portfolio of services, including air, international and ground services, plus 50%* off select services for up to four weeks after you enroll.* Savings begin at 75%* on UPS Freight® shipments over 150 lbs. UPS understands how important speed, reliability, and cost are to meeting your business goals and your customers’ needs. To enroll and start saving today, visit or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

*Visit for specific services and discounts. Click here for details on Introductory Program discounts.

Group Purchasing Services

ASD members have access to the benefits of this savings program that helps lower purchasing costs through group buying power. Full Membership to the Prime Advantage purchasing consortium is available to members at a greatly reduced one-time fee. It provides competitive pricing PLUS rebates and discounts, as well as access to 125 Endorsed Supplier programs.  



Prime Advantage also offers an Affiliate Membership level. This level provides access to one Endorsed Supplier program through Grainger, and provides an average discount of 34% off market price with free freight on all purchases. Affiliate membership is available to all members at no fee

The Prime Advantage and Grainger programs are available to ASD members through the partnership with The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Intl.® (FMA). For more information on these savings programs, or to enroll your company, visit the webpage.


Discounted Events, Training and Industry News

Training and Professional Development | ASD members have access to discounted rates for training programs available through The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA). 

Regional Meetings | Regional meetings are held throughout the year in Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. These meetings create opportunities for networking on a regular basis with industry peers, and include engaging speakers. Members are entitled to a discounted registration rate. 

Spring Annual Convention and Fall Conference | National meetings provide a combination of education, business, networking and social activities. Guest Speakers address timely issues affecting your business. Members are entitled to a discounted registration rate.

Electronic Steel Distributor Update | This newsletter is an extension of the ASD's commitment to provide our members with a quality newsletter where you'll find the most updated company and association information, industry developments and legislative issues. This newsletter is distributed to members via email.

Electronic Directory | Member companies are listed within this online, public directory. The ASD Membership Directory provides direct links to company websites and email addresses and contact information.


Membership Categories

ASD prides itself on the professional quality of its members. ASD members must be involved in the steel distribution
industry and satisfy ASD membership requirements. There are five types of membership:

Regular Member

Representing firms with sales volume of over 5 million plus and maintain a minimum of $500,000 in inventory.

  • Annual Membership Fee $2,100
  • Receives Full voting rights
  • Includes listing branch operations and unlimited employees.
  • Steel Distributor Update for all employees

Associate Member

Firms whose principle business is the distribution of steel products. Associate members shall include brokers and
steel distributors who do not qualify as regular members with a sales volume under 5 million.

  • Annual Membership Fee $2,100
  • Includes unlimited employee listings.
  • Steel Distributor Update for all employees.

Get-Acquainted Member

Designed for those smaller size firms with sales under 3 million as an introductory offer to join ASD.

  • Membership Fee $1,000
  • Membership Fee Includes unlimited employee listings.
  • Steel Distributor Update for all employees Includes unlimited employee listings.
  • New Members eligible for a maximum of 2 years at a special rate. After two years, the firm must move to
    the Regular,  Associate, Mill or Allied Membership Category. 


Other Membership Categories

Firms that do not qualify for Regular Memberships can join ASD in one of the following Membership Categories:

Mill Associate Member

Mill Associates shall include domestic mills, foreign mills or trading companies.

  • Annual Membership Fee $2,100
  • Includes all branch operations and unlimited employee listings.
  • Steel Distributor Update for all employees

Allied Member

Firms whose business interests are allied to the steel distribution industry and the goals of ASD.

  • Annual Membership Fee $1,995
  • Includes unlimited employee listings under the membership.
  • Steel Distributor Update for all employees


Need more information?

Click here to contact us and receive more information about ASD membership, or call 815.227.8227.


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