The University of Industrial Distribution has a new name. The education program is now known as the University of Innovative Distribution.  

Supervised by 35 trade associations — including the Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International — it focuses on the needs of whole distribution companies. More than 9,000 people have taken its courses since 1994, officials say.

The university has a new logo and slogan: Educating the supply chain.

“This new name reflects the evolution of UID in serving the wholesale distribution industry in its entirety, including those companies who do not deal in industrial products,” said program director Molly McGill. “While the educational content of our program remains uniquely tailored to the wholesale-distribution industry, we believe the name change reflects the current and future direction of UID.

“UID takes its commitment to educating the supply chain very seriously,” she added. “With our continued partnership with Purdue University, a dedicated faculty and staff and support from our 35 association sponsors, we will continue to be a world leader in delivering innovative education to all members of the wholesale-distribution supply chain.”