WICHITA, KAN. — Wholesaler consortium Affiliated Distributors gave its Supplier of the Year Marketing Excellence Award to Viega LLC in the 2013 Spirit of Independence Awards.

Affiliated Distributors recognized the prestigious group of suppliers known as the “Get the Lead Out Plumbing Consortium” for marketing excellence in 2013.

 “We’re honored to receive this recognition from Affiliated Distributors for our efforts toward Zero Lead,” said Jeff Neczypor, director of national accounts, Viega. “Viega offers the industry’s most complete line of Zero Lead products and strives to help customers not only meet the new lead standards but exceed them.”

The Spirit of Independence Awards were created to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and hard work of AD affiliates and suppliers. Winners were honored at a banquet hosted by AD in November.

Affiliated Distributors provides independent distributors and manufacturers of construction and industrial products with support and resources that accelerate growth. Its 618 plus independently owned members span seven industries and two countries with annual sales in excess of $26 billion.