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1997 NAICS

Sector 42--Wholesale Trade

The Sector as a Whole

The Wholesale Trade sector comprises establishments engaged in wholesaling merchandise, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise.

The wholesaling process is an intermediate step in the distribution of merchandise. Wholesalers are organized to sell or arrange the purchase or sale of (a) goods for resale (i.e., goods sold to other wholesalers or retailers), (b) capital or durable nonconsumer goods, and (c) raw and intermediate materials and supplies used in production.

Wholesalers sell merchandise to other businesses and normally operate from a warehouse or office. These warehouses and offices are characterized by having little or no display of merchandise. In addition, neither the design nor the location of the premises is intended to solicit walk-in traffic. Wholesalers do not normally use advertising directed to the general public. Customers are generally reached initially via telephone, in-person marketing, or by specialized advertising that may include Internet and other electronic means. Follow-up orders are either vendor-initiated or client-initiated, generally based on previous sales, and typically exhibit strong ties between sellers and buyers. In fact, transactions are often conducted between wholesalers and clients that have long-standing business relationships.

This sector comprises two main types of wholesalers: those that sell goods on their own account and those that arrange sales and purchases for others for a commission or fee.

(1) Establishments that sell goods on their own account are known as wholesale merchants, distributors, jobbers, drop shippers, import/export merchants, and sales branches. These establishments typically maintain their own warehouse, where they receive and handle goods for their customers. Goods are generally sold without transformation, but may include integral functions, such as sorting, packaging, labeling, and other marketing services.

(2) Establishments arranging for the purchase or sale of goods owned by others or purchasing goods on a commission basis are known as agents and brokers, commission merchants, import/export agents and brokers, auction companies, and manufacturers' representatives. These establishments operate from offices and generally do not own or handle the goods they sell.

Some wholesale establishments may be connected with a single manufacturer and promote and sell the particular manufacturers' products to a wide range of other wholesalers or retailers. Other wholesalers may be connected to a retail chain or a limited number of retail chains and only provide a variety of products needed by that particular retail operation(s). These wholesalers may obtain the products from a wide range of manufacturers. Still other wholesalers may not take title to the goods, but act as agents and brokers for a commission.

Although, in general, wholesaling normally denotes sales in large volumes, durable nonconsumer goods may be sold in single units. Sales of capital or durable nonconsumer goods used in the production of goods and services, such as farm machinery, medium and heavy duty trucks, and industrial machinery, are always included in wholesale trade.

421 Wholesale Trade, Durable GoodsUS

Industries in the Wholesale Trade, Durable Goods subsector sell or arrange the purchase or sale of capital or durable goods to other businesses. Durable goods are new or used items generally with a normal life expectancy of three years or more. Durable goods wholesale trade establishments are engaged in wholesaling products, such as motor vehicles, furniture, construction materials, machinery and equipment (including household-type appliances), metals and minerals (except petroleum), sporting goods, toys and hobby goods, recyclable materials, and parts.

The detailed industries within the subsector are organized in the classification structure based on the products sold. Within an industry, the types of establishments may vary, including wholesale merchants and/or agents and brokers.

4211 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling automobiles and other motor vehicles, motor vehicle supplies, tires, and new and used parts.

42111 Automobile and Other Motor Vehicle WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421110 below.

421110 Automobile and Other Motor Vehicle WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling new and used passenger automobiles, trucks, trailers, and other motor vehicles, such as motorcycles, motor homes, and snowmobiles.

42112 Motor Vehicle Supplies and New Parts WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421120 below.

421120 Motor Vehicle Supplies and New Parts WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling motor vehicle supplies, accessories, tools, and equipment; and new motor vehicle parts (except new tires and tubes).

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling new and/or used tires and tubes--are classified in Industry 421130, Tire and Tube Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling automotive chemicals (except lubricating oils and greases)--are classified in Industry 422690, Other Chemical and Allied Products Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling lubricating oils and greases--are classified in Industry 422720, Petroleum and Petroleum Products Wholesalers (except Bulk Stations and Terminals); and
  • Wholesaling used motor vehicle parts--are classified in Industry 421140, Motor Vehicle Parts (Used) Wholesalers.

42113 Tire and Tube WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421130 below.

421130 Tire and Tube WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling new and/or used tires and tubes for passenger and commercial vehicles.

42114 Motor Vehicle Parts (Used) WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421140 below.

421140 Motor Vehicle Parts (Used) WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling used motor vehicle parts (except used tires and tubes) and establishments primarily engaged in dismantling motor vehicles for the purpose of selling the parts.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Dismantling motor vehicles for the purpose of selling scrap--are classified in Industry 421930, Recyclable Material Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling new and/or used tires and tubes--are classified in Industry 421130, Tire and Tube Wholesalers.

4212 Furniture and Home Furnishing WholesalersUS

42121 Furniture WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421210 below.

421210 Furniture WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling furniture (except hospital beds, medical furniture, and drafting tables).

Illustrative Examples:

Household-type furniture wholesaling
Mattresses wholesaling
Office furniture wholesaling
Outdoor furniture wholesaling
Public building furniture wholesaling
Religious furniture wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling partitions, shelving, lockers, and store fixtures--are classified in Industry 421440, Other Commercial Equipment Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling hospital beds and medical furniture--are classified in Industry 421450, Medical, Dental, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling drafting tables--are classified in Industry 421490, Other Professional Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers.

42122 Home Furnishing WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421220 below.

421220 Home Furnishing WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling home furnishings and/or housewares.

Illustrative Examples:

Carpets wholesaling
Chinaware wholesaling
Curtains wholesaling
Draperies wholesaling
Floor coverings wholesaling
Glassware wholesaling
Household-type cooking utensils wholesaling
Lamps wholesaling
Linens (e.g., bath, bed, table) wholesaling
Window blinds and shades wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling electrical household-type goods--are classified in Industry 421620, Electrical Appliance, Television, and Radio Set Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling precious metal flatware--are classified in Industry 421940, Jewelry, Watch, Precious Stone, and Precious Metal Wholesalers.

4213 Lumber and Other Construction Materials WholesalersUS

42131 Lumber, Plywood, Millwork, and Wood Panel WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421310 below.

421310 Lumber, Plywood, Millwork, and Wood Panel WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling lumber; plywood; reconstituted wood fiber products; wood fencing; doors and windows and their frames (all materials); wood roofing and siding; and/or other wood or metal millwork.

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling timber and timber products, such as railroad ties, logs, firewood, and pulpwood, are classified in Industry 421990, Other Miscellaneous Durable Goods Wholesalers.

42132 Brick, Stone, and Related Construction Material WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421320 below.

421320 Brick, Stone, and Related Construction Material WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling stone, cement, lime, construction sand, and gravel; brick; asphalt and concrete mixtures; and/or concrete, stone, and structural clay products.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling refractory brick and other refractory products--are classified in Industry 421840, Industrial Supplies Wholesalers; and
  • Selling ready-mixed concrete--are classified in Industry 327320, Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing.

42133 Roofing, Siding, and Insulation Material WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421330 below.

421330 Roofing, Siding, and Insulation Material WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling nonwood roofing and nonwood siding and insulation materials.

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling wood roofing and wood siding are classified in Industry 421310, Lumber, Plywood, Millwork, and Wood Panel Wholesalers.

42139 Other Construction Material WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421390 below.

421390 Other Construction Material WholesalersUS

This industry comprises (1) establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling manufactured homes (i.e., mobile homes) and/or prefabricated buildings and (2) establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling construction materials (except lumber, plywood, millwood, wood panel, brick, stone, roofing, siding, and insulation material).

Illustrative Examples:

Flat glass wholesaling
Ornamental ironwork wholesaling
Plate glass wholesaling
Prefabricated buildings (except wood) wholesaling
Wire fencing and fencing accessories wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling products of the primary metals industries--are classified in Industry 421510, Metal Service Centers and Offices;
  • Wholesaling lumber; plywood; reconstituted wood fiber products; wood fencing; doors, windows, and their frames; wood roofing and wood siding; and other wood or metal millwork--are classified in Industry 421310, Lumber, Plywood, Millwork, and Wood Panel Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling stone, cement, lime, construction sand and gravel; brick; asphalt and concrete mixtures (except ready-mix concrete); and/or concrete, stone, and structural clay products--are classified in Industry 421320, Brick, Stone, and Related Construction Material Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling nonwood roofing and nonwood siding and insulation materials--are classified in Industry 421330, Roofing, Siding, and Insulation Material Wholesalers; and
  • Selling ready-mix concrete--are classified in Industry 327320, Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing.

4214 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling photographic equipment and supplies; office, computer, and computer peripheral equipment; and medical, dental, hospital, ophthalmic, and other commercial and professional equipment and supplies.

42141 Photographic Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421410 below.

421410 Photographic Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling photographic equipment and supplies (except office equipment).

Illustrative Examples:

Photofinishing equipment wholesaling
Photographic camera equipment and supplies wholesaling
Photographic film wholesaling
Television cameras wholesaling
Video cameras (except household-type) wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling household-type video cameras--are classified in Industry 421620, Electrical Appliance, Television, and Radio Set Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling office equipment, such as photocopy and microfilm equipment,--are classified in Industry 421420, Office Equipment Wholesalers.

42142 Office Equipment WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421420 below.

421420 Office Equipment WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling office machines and related equipment (except computers and computer peripheral equipment).

Illustrative Examples:

Accounting machines wholesaling
Calculator and calculating machines wholesaling
Cash registers wholesaling
Copying machines wholesaling
Mailing machines wholesaling
Microfilm equipment and supplies wholesaling
Security safes wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling office furniture--are classified in Industry 421210, Furniture Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling computers and computer peripheral equipment--are classified in Industry 421430, Computer and Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling office supplies--are classified in Industry 422120, Stationery and Office Supplies Wholesalers.

42143 Computer and Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421430 below.

421430 Computer and Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling computers, computer peripheral equipment, loaded computer boards, and/or computer software.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling modems and other electronic communications equipment--are classified in Industry 421690, Other Electronic Parts and Equipment Wholesalers; and
  • Selling, planning, and designing computer systems that integrate computer hardware, software, and communication technologies--are classified in U.S. Industry 541512, Computer Systems Design Services.

42144 Other Commercial Equipment WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421440 below.

421440 Other Commercial Equipment WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling commercial and related machines and equipment (except photographic equipment and supplies; office equipment; and computers and computer peripheral equipment and software) generally used in restaurants and stores.

Illustrative Examples:

Balances and scales (except laboratory) wholesaling
Coin-operated merchandising machines wholesaling
Commercial chinaware wholesaling
Commercial cooking equipment wholesaling
Commercial shelving wholesaling
Electrical signs wholesaling
Partitions wholesaling
Store fixtures (except refrigerated) wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling photographic equipment and supplies--are classified in Industry 421410, Photographic Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling office machines and related equipment--are classified in Industry 421420, Office Equipment Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling computers, computer peripheral equipment, and computer software--are classified in Industry 421430, Computer and Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling laboratory scales and balances--are classified in Industry 421490, Other Professional Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling refrigerated store fixtures--are classified in Industry 421740, Refrigeration Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers.

42145 Medical, Dental, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421450 below.

421450 Medical, Dental, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling medical professional equipment, instruments, and supplies (except ophthalmic equipment, instruments and goods used by ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians).

Illustrative Examples:

Dental equipment and supplies wholesaling
Electromedical equipment wholesaling
Hospital beds wholesaling
Hospital furniture wholesaling
Medical and dental X-ray machines wholesaling
Medical dressings wholesaling
Patient monitoring equipment wholesaling
Prosthetic appliance and supplies wholesaling
Surgical instrument and apparatus wholesaling

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling professional equipment, instruments and/or goods sold, prescribed, or used by ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians are classified in Industry 421460, Ophthalmic Goods Wholesalers.

42146 Ophthalmic Goods WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421460 below.

421460 Ophthalmic Goods WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling professional equipment, instruments, and/or goods sold, prescribed, or used by ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians.

Illustrative Examples:

Binoculars wholesaling
Ophthalmic frames wholesaling
Ophthalmic lenses wholesaling
Optometric equipment and supplies wholesaling
Sunglasses wholesaling

42149 Other Professional Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421490 below.

421490 Other Professional Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling professional equipment and supplies (except ophthalmic goods and medical, dental, and hospital equipment and supplies).

Illustrative Examples:

Church supplies (except silverware, plated ware) wholesaling
Drafting tables and instruments wholesaling
Laboratory equipment (except medical, dental) wholesaling
School equipment and supplies (except books, furniture) wholesaling
Scientific instruments wholesaling
Surveying equipment and supplies wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling professional equipment, instruments, and/or goods sold, prescribed, or used by ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians, such as ophthalmic frames and lenses, and sunglasses,--are classified in Industry 421460, Ophthalmic Goods Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling medical professional equipment, instruments, and supplies used by medical and dental practitioners (except ophthalmic equipment, instruments, and goods used by ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians) and medical facilities--are classified in Industry 421450, Medical, Dental, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling silverware and plated flatware--are classified in Industry 421940, Jewelry, Watch, Precious Stone, and Precious Metal Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling books--are classified in Industry 422920, Book, Periodical, and Newspaper Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling school furniture--are classified in Industry 421210, Furniture Wholesalers.

4215 Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) WholesalersUS

42151 Metal Service Centers and OfficesUS

See industry description for 421510 below.

421510 Metal Service Centers and OfficesUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling products of the primary metals industries. Service centers maintain inventory and may perform functions, such as sawing, shearing, bending, leveling, cleaning, or edging, on a custom basis as part of sales transactions. Sales offices are usually affiliated or owned by a particular manufacturer and take orders but have no inventory.

Illustrative Examples:

Cast iron pipe wholesaling
Metal bars (except precious) wholesaling
Metal ingots (except precious) wholesaling
Metal pipe wholesaling
Metal plates wholesaling
Metal rods wholesaling
Metal sheets wholesaling
Metal spikes wholesaling
Nails wholesaling
Noninsulated wire wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling gold, silver, and platinum--are classified in Industry 421940, Jewelry, Watch, Precious Stone, and Precious Metal Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling automotive, industrial, and other recyclable metal scrap--are classified in Industry 421930, Recyclable Material Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling insulated wire--are classified in Industry 421610, Electrical Apparatus and Equipment, Wiring Supplies, and Construction Material Wholesalers.

42152 Coal and Other Mineral and Ore WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421520 below.

421520 Coal and Other Mineral and Ore WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling coal, coke, metal ores, and/or nonmetallic minerals (except precious and semiprecious stones and minerals used in construction, such as sand and gravel).

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling nonmetallic minerals used in construction, such as sand and gravel,--are classified in Industry 421320, Brick, Stone, and Related Construction Material Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling crude petroleum--are classified in Industry Group 4227, Petroleum and Petroleum Products Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling precious and semiprecious stones and metals--are classified in Industry 421940, Jewelry, Watch, Precious Stone, and Precious Metal Wholesalers.

4216 Electrical Goods WholesalersUS

42161 Electrical Apparatus and Equipment, Wiring Supplies, and Construction Material WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421610 below.

421610 Electrical Apparatus and Equipment, Wiring Supplies, and Construction Material WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling electrical construction materials; wiring supplies; electric light fixtures; light bulbs; and/or electrical power equipment for the generation, transmission, distribution, or control of electric energy.

42162 Electrical Appliance, Television, and Radio Set WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421620 below.

421620 Electrical Appliance, Television, and Radio Set WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling household-type electrical appliances, room air-conditioners, gas clothes dryers, and/or household-type audio or video equipment.

Illustrative Examples:

Electric water heaters wholesaling
Household-type radios (including automotive) wholesaling
Household-type refrigerators wholesaling
Household-type sewing machines wholesaling
Household-type video cameras wholesaling
Television sets wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling gas household-type appliances (except gas clothes dryers)--are classified in Industry 421720, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies (Hydronics) Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling nonhousehold-type video cameras--are classified in Industry 421410, Photographic Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers.

42169 Other Electronic Parts and Equipment WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421690 below.

421690 Other Electronic Parts and Equipment WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling electronic parts and equipment (except electrical apparatus and equipment, wiring supplies and construction material; and electrical appliances, television and radio sets).

Illustrative Examples:

Blank audio tapes wholesaling
Blank diskettes wholesaling
Blank video tapes wholesaling
Broadcasting equipment wholesaling
Communications equipment wholesaling
Radar equipment wholesaling
Telegraph equipment wholesaling
Telephone equipment wholesaling
Unloaded computer boards wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling household-type electrical appliances, televisions, and radio sets--are classified in Industry 421620, Electrical Appliance, Television, and Radio Set Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling computers, computer peripheral equipment, and loaded computer boards--are classified in Industry 421430, Computer and Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling electrical construction materials, wiring supplies, electric light fixtures, light bulbs; and/or electrical power equipment for generation, transmission, distribution, or control of electric energy--are classified in Industry 421610, Electrical Apparatus and Equipment, Wiring Supplies, and Construction Material Wholesalers.

4217 Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

42171 Hardware WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421710 below.

421710 Hardware WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling hardware, knives, or handtools.

Illustrative Examples:

Brads wholesaling
Cutlery wholesaling
Fasteners (e.g., bolts, nuts, rivets, screws) wholesaling
Handtools (except motor vehicle, machinists' precision) wholesaling
Knives (except disposable plastics) wholesaling
Power handtools (e.g., drills, saws, sanders) wholesaling
Staples wholesaling
Tacks wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling nails, noninsulated wire, and screening--are classified in Industry 421510, Metal Service Centers and Offices;
  • Wholesaling motor vehicle handtools and equipment--are classified in Industry 421120, Motor Vehicle Supplies and New Parts Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling machinists' precision handtools--are classified in Industry 421830, Industrial Machinery and Equipment Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling disposable plastics knives and eating utensils--are classified in Industry 422130, Industrial and Personal Service Paper Wholesalers.

42172 Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies (Hydronics) WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421720 below.

421720 Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies (Hydronics) WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling plumbing equipment, hydronic heating equipment, household-type gas appliances (except gas clothes dryers), and/or supplies.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Selling and installing plumbing, heating and air conditioning equipment--are classified in Industry 235110, Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors;
  • Wholesaling warm air heating and air-conditioning equipment--are classified in Industry 421730, Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling household-type electrical appliances, room air conditioners, gas clothes dryers, and/or household-type audio or video equipment--are classified in Industry 421620, Electrical Appliance, Television, and Radio Set Wholesalers.

42173 Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421730 below.

421730 Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling warm air heating and air-conditioning equipment and supplies.

Illustrative Examples:

Air pollution control equipment and supplies wholesaling
Air-conditioning equipment (except room units) wholesaling
Automotive air-conditioners wholesaling
Nonportable electric baseboard heaters wholesaling
Warm-air central heating equipment wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling household-type electrical appliances and room air-conditioners--are classified in Industry 421620, Electrical Appliance, Television, and Radio Set Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling hydronic heating equipment--are classified in Industry 421720, Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies (Hydronics) Wholesalers; and
  • Selling and installing warm air heating and air-conditioning equipment--are classified in Industry 235110, Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors.

42174 Refrigeration Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421740 below.

421740 Refrigeration Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling refrigeration equipment (except household-type refrigerators, freezers, and air-conditioners).

Illustrative Examples:

Cold storage machinery wholesaling
Commercial refrigerators wholesaling
Refrigerated display cases wholesaling
Water coolers wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling household-type refrigerators, freezers, and room air-conditioners--are classified in Industry 421620, Electrical Appliance, Television, and Radio Set Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling air-conditioning equipment (except room units)--are classified Industry 421730, Warm Air Heating and Air Conditioning Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers.

4218 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling construction, mining, farm, garden, industrial, service establishment, and transportation machinery, equipment and supplies.

42181 Construction and Mining (except Oil Well) Machinery and Equipment WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421810 below.

421810 Construction and Mining (except Oil Well) Machinery and Equipment WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling specialized machinery, equipment, and related parts generally used in construction, mining (except oil well) and logging activities.

Illustrative Examples:

Excavating machinery and equipment wholesaling
Forestry machinery and equipment wholesaling
Mining cranes wholesaling
Road construction and maintenance machinery wholesaling
Scaffolding wholesaling

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling oil well machinery and equipment are classified in Industry 421830, Industrial Machinery and Equipment Wholesalers.

42182 Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421820 below.

421820 Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling specialized machinery, equipment, and related parts generally used in agricultural, farm, and lawn and garden activities.

Illustrative Examples:

Animal feeders wholesaling
Harvesting machinery and equipment wholesaling
Lawnmowers wholesaling
Milking machinery and equipment wholesaling
Planting machinery and equipment wholesaling

42183 Industrial Machinery and Equipment WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421830 below.

421830 Industrial Machinery and Equipment WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling specialized machinery, equipment, and related parts generally used in manufacturing, oil well, and warehousing activities.

Illustrative Examples:

Fluid power transmission equipment wholesaling
Food-processing machinery and equipment wholesaling
Materials handling machinery and equipment wholesaling
Metalworking machinery and equipment wholesaling
Oil well machinery and equipment wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling specialized machinery, equipment, and related parts generally used in construction, mining (except oil well), and logging activities--are classified in Industry 421810, Construction and Mining (except Oil Well) Machinery and Equipment Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling supplies used in machinery and equipment generally used in manufacturing, oil well, and warehousing activities--are classified in Industry 421840, Industrial Supplies Wholesalers.

42184 Industrial Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421840 below.

421840 Industrial Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling supplies used in machinery and equipment generally used in manufacturing, oil well, and warehousing activities.

Illustrative Examples:

Industrial containers wholesaling
Industrial diamonds wholesaling
Printing inks wholesaling
Refractory materials (e.g., brick, blocks, shapes) wholesaling
Welding supplies (except welding gases) wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling hydraulic and pneumatic (fluid-power) pumps, motors, pistons, and valves--are classified in Industry 421830, Industrial Machinery and Equipment Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling welding gases--are classified in Industry 422690, Other Chemical and Allied Products Wholesalers.

42185 Service Establishment Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421850 below.

421850 Service Establishment Equipment and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling specialized equipment and supplies of the type used by service establishments (except specialized equipment and supplies used in offices, stores, hotels, restaurants, schools, health and medical facilities, photographic facilities, as well as specialized equipment used in transportation and construction activities).

Illustrative Examples:

Amusement park equipment wholesaling
Beauty parlor equipment and supplies wholesaling
Car wash equipment and supplies wholesaling
Drycleaning equipment and supplies wholesaling
Janitorial equipment and supplies wholesaling
Undertakers' equipment and supplies wholesaling
Upholsterers' equipment and supplies (except fabrics) wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling janitorial and automotive chemicals--are classified in Industry 422690, Other Chemical and Allied Products Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling piece goods, fabrics, yarns, thread and other notions--are classified in Industry 422310, Piece Goods, Notions, and Other Dry Goods Wholesalers.

42186 Transportation Equipment and Supplies (except Motor Vehicle) WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421860 below.

421860 Transportation Equipment and Supplies (except Motor Vehicle) WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling transportation equipment and supplies (except marine pleasure craft and motor vehicles).

Illustrative Examples:

Aircraft wholesaling
Motorized passenger golf carts wholesaling
Railroad cars wholesaling
Ships wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts--are classified in Industry Group 4211, Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling marine pleasure craft--are classified in Industry 421910, Sporting and Recreational Goods and Supplies Wholesalers.

4219 Miscellaneous Durable Goods WholesalersUS

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling sporting, recreational, toy, hobby, and jewelry goods and supplies, and precious stones and metals.

42191 Sporting and Recreational Goods and Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421910 below.

421910 Sporting and Recreational Goods and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling sporting goods and accessories; billiard and pool supplies; sporting firearms and ammunition; and/or marine pleasure craft, equipment, and supplies.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling motor vehicles and trailers--are classified in Industry 421110, Automobile and Other Motor Vehicle Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling motorized passenger golf carts--are classified in Industry 421860, Transportation Equipment and Supplies (except Motor Vehicle) Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling athletic apparel--are classified in Industry Group 4223, Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling athletic footwear--are classified in Industry 422340, Footwear Wholesalers.

42192 Toy and Hobby Goods and Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421920 below.

421920 Toy and Hobby Goods and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling games, toys, fireworks, playing cards, hobby goods and supplies, and/or related goods.

42193 Recyclable Material WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421930 below.

421930 Recyclable Material WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling scrap from automotive, industrial, and other recyclable materials. Included in this industry are auto wreckers primarily engaged in dismantling motor vehicles for the purpose of wholesaling scrap.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Dismantling motor vehicles for the purpose of selling used parts--are classified in Industry 421140, Motor Vehicle Parts (Used) Wholesalers; and
  • Operating facilities for separating and sorting recyclable materials--are classified in Industry 562920, Materials Recovery Facilities.

42194 Jewelry, Watch, Precious Stone, and Precious Metal WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421940 below.

421940 Jewelry, Watch, Precious Stone, and Precious Metal WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling jewelry, precious and semiprecious stones, precious metals and metal flatware, costume jewelry, watches, clocks, silverware, and/or jewelers' findings.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling precious metal ores or concentrates--are classified in Industry 421520, Coal and Other Mineral and Ore Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling nonprecious flatware--are classified in Industry 421220, Home Furnishing Wholesalers.

42199 Other Miscellaneous Durable Goods WholesalersUS

See industry description for 421990 below.

421990 Other Miscellaneous Durable Goods WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling durable goods (except motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and supplies; furniture and home furnishings; lumber and other construction materials; professional and commercial equipment and supplies; metals and minerals (except petroleum); electrical goods; hardware, and plumbing and heating equipment and supplies; machinery, equipment and supplies; sporting and recreational goods and supplies; toy and hobby goods and supplies; recyclable materials; and jewelry, watches, precious stones and precious metals).

Illustrative Examples:

Musical instruments wholesaling
Phonograph records wholesaling
Prerecorded audio and video cassettes wholesaling
Prerecorded audio and video tapes and discs wholesaling
Prerecorded compact discs (CDs) wholesaling
Timber and timber products (except lumber) wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling automobiles and other motor vehicles, motor vehicle supplies, tires, and new and used parts--are classified in Industry Group 4211, Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling furniture and home furnishings--are classified in Industry Group 4212, Furniture and Home Furnishing Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling lumber, plywood, millwork, wood panels, brick, stone, roofing, siding, and other nonelectrical construction materials--are classified in Industry Group 4213, Lumber and Other Construction Materials Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling photographic; office; computer and computer peripheral; medical, dental, hospital, ophthalmic; and other commercial and professional equipment and supplies--are classified in Industry Group 4214, Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling coal and other minerals and ores and semifinished metal products--are classified in Industry Group 4215, Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling electrical goods--are classified in Industry Group 4216, Electrical Goods Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling hardware, and plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment and supplies--are classified in Industry Group 4217, Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling construction, mining, farm, garden, industrial, service establishment, and transportation machinery, equipment and supplies--are classified in Industry Group 4218, Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling sporting goods and accessories; billiard and pool supplies; sporting firearms and ammunition; and/or marine pleasure craft, equipment, and supplies--are classified in Industry 421910, Sporting and Recreational Goods and Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling toys, fireworks, playing cards, hobby goods and supplies and/or related goods--are classified in Industry 421920, Toy and Hobby Goods and Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling automotive, industrial, and other recyclable materials--are classified in Industry 421930, Recyclable Material Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling jewelry, precious and semiprecious stones, precious metals and metal flatware, costume jewelry, watches, clocks, silverware, and/or jewelers' findings--are classified in Industry 421940, Jewelry, Watch, Precious Stone, and Precious Metal Wholesalers.

422 Wholesale Trade, Nondurable GoodsUS

Industries in the Wholesale Trade, Nondurable Goods subsector sell or arrange the purchase or sale of nondurable goods to other businesses. Nondurable goods are items generally with a normal life expectancy of less than three years. Nondurable goods wholesale trade establishments are engaged in wholesaling products, such as paper and paper products, chemicals and chemical products, drugs, textiles and textile products, apparel, footwear, groceries, farm products, petroleum and petroleum products, alcoholic beverages, books, magazines, newspapers, flowers and nursery stock, and tobacco products.

The detailed industries within the subsector are organized in the classification structure based on the products sold. Within an industry, the types of establishments may vary, including wholesale merchants and/or agents and brokers.

4221 Paper and Paper Product WholesalersUS

42211 Printing and Writing Paper WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422110 below.

422110 Printing and Writing Paper WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling bulk printing and/or writing paper generally on rolls for further processing.

Illustrative Examples:

Bulk envelope paper wholesaling
Bulk groundwood paper wholesaling
Bulk paper (e.g., fine, printing, writing) wholesaling

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling stationery are classified in Industry 422120, Stationery and Office Supplies Wholesalers.

42212 Stationery and Office Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422120 below.

422120 Stationery and Office Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling stationery, office supplies and/or gift wrap.

Illustrative Examples:

Computer paper supplies wholesaling
Envelopes wholesaling
File cards and folders wholesaling
Greeting cards wholesaling
Pencils wholesaling
Photocopy supplies wholesaling
Social stationery wholesaling
Typewriter paper wholesaling
Writing pens wholesaling

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling bulk printing and/or writing paper are classified in Industry 422110, Printing and Writing Paper Wholesalers.

42213 Industrial and Personal Service Paper WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422130 below.

422130 Industrial and Personal Service Paper WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling wrapping and other coarse paper, paperboard, converted paper (except stationery and office supplies), and/or related disposable plastics products.

Illustrative Examples:

Disposable plastics eating utensils wholesaling
Paper and disposable plastics dishes wholesaling
Paper and disposable plastics shipping supplies wholesaling
Paper bags wholesaling
Paper napkins wholesaling
Paperboard and disposable plastics boxes wholesaling
Plastics bags wholesaling
Sanitary paper products wholesaling

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in stationery, office supplies, and/or gift wrap are classified in Industry 422120, Stationery and Office Supplies Wholesalers.

4222 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries WholesalersUS

42221 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422210 below.

422210 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling biological and medical products; botanical drugs and herbs; and pharmaceutical products intended for internal and external consumption in such forms as ampoules, tablets, capsules, vials, ointments, powders, solutions, and suspensions.

Illustrative Examples:

Antibiotics wholesaling
Blood derivatives wholesaling
Botanicals wholesaling
Cosmetics wholesaling
Endocrine substances wholesaling
In vitro- and in-vivo diagnostics wholesaling
Vaccines wholesaling
Vitamins wholesaling

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling surgical, dental, and hospital equipment are classified in Industry 421450, Medical, Dental, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies Wholesalers.

4223 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions WholesalersUS

42231 Piece Goods, Notions, and Other Dry Goods WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422310 below.

422310 Piece Goods, Notions, and Other Dry Goods WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling piece goods, fabrics, yarns, thread and other notions, and/or hair accessories.

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged as converters who buy fabric goods in the grey, have them finished on a contract basis, and sell at wholesale are classified in Industry 31331, Textile and Fabric Finishing Mills.

42232 Men's and Boys' Clothing and Furnishings WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422320 below.

422320 Men's and Boys' Clothing and Furnishings WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling men's and/or boys' clothing and furnishings.

Illustrative Examples:

Men's and boys' hosiery wholesaling
Men's and boys' nightwear wholesaling
Men's and boys' sportswear wholesaling
Men's and boys' suits wholesaling
Men's and boys' underwear wholesaling
Men's and boys' work clothing wholesaling

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling unisex clothing and men's fur clothing are classified in Industry 422330, Women's, Children's, and Infants' Clothing and Accessories Wholesalers.

42233 Women's, Children's, and Infants' Clothing and Accessories WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422330 below.

422330 Women's, Children's, and Infants' Clothing and Accessories WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling (1) women's, children's, infants', and/or unisex clothing and accessories and/or (2) fur clothing.

Illustrative Examples:

Dresses wholesaling
Fur clothing wholesaling
Lingerie wholesaling
Millinery wholesaling
Women's, children's, and infants' hosiery wholesaling

42234 Footwear WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422340 below.

422340 Footwear WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling footwear (including athletic) of leather, rubber, and other materials.

4224 Grocery and Related Product WholesalersUS

42241 General Line Grocery WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422410 below.

422410 General Line Grocery WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling a general line (wide range) of groceries.

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling a specialized line of groceries are classified according to the product sold.

42242 Packaged Frozen Food WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422420 below.

422420 Packaged Frozen Food WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling packaged frozen foods (except dairy products).

Illustrative Examples:

Frozen bakery products wholesaling
Frozen juices wholesaling
Frozen vegetables wholesaling
Packaged frozen fish wholesaling
Packaged frozen meats wholesaling
Packaged frozen poultry wholesaling

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling frozen dairy products are classified in Industry 422430, Dairy Product (except Dried or Canned) Wholesalers.

42243 Dairy Product (except Dried or Canned) WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422430 below.

422430 Dairy Product (except Dried or Canned) WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling dairy products (except dried or canned).

Illustrative Examples:

Butter wholesaling
Cheese wholesaling
Cream wholesaling
Fluid milk (except canned) wholesaling
Ice cream and ices wholesaling
Yogurt wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling dried or canned dairy products and dairy substitutes--are classified in Industry 422490, Other Grocery and Related Products Wholesalers; and
  • Pasteurizing and bottling milk--are classified in U.S. Industry 311511, Fluid Milk Manufacturing.

42244 Poultry and Poultry Product WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422440 below.

422440 Poultry and Poultry Product WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling poultry and/or poultry products (except canned and packaged frozen).

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling packaged frozen poultry--are classified in Industry 422420, Packaged Frozen Food Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling canned poultry--are classified in Industry 422490, Other Grocery and Related Products Wholesalers; and
  • Slaughtering and dressing poultry--are classified in U.S. Industry 311615, Poultry Processing.

42245 Confectionery WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422450 below.

422450 Confectionery WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling confectioneries; salted or roasted nuts; popcorn; potato, corn, and similar chips; and/or fountain fruits and syrups.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling frozen pretzels--are classified in Industry 422420, Packaged Frozen Food Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling pretzels (except frozen)--are classified in Industry 422490, Other Grocery and Related Products Wholesalers.

42246 Fish and Seafood WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422460 below.

422460 Fish and Seafood WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling fish and seafood (except canned or packaged frozen).

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling packaged frozen fish and seafood--are classified in Industry 422420, Packaged Frozen Food Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling canned fish and seafood--are classified in Industry 422490, Other Grocery and Related Products Wholesalers; and
  • Canning, smoking, salting, drying, or freezing seafood and shucking and packing fresh shellfish--are classified in Industry 31171, Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging.

42247 Meat and Meat Product WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422470 below.

422470 Meat and Meat Product WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling meats and meat products (except canned and packaged frozen) and/or lard.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling packaged frozen meats--are classified in Industry 422420, Packaged Frozen Food Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling canned meats--are classified in Industry 422490, Other Grocery and Related Products Wholesalers; and
  • Preparing boxed beef--are classified in U.S. Industry 311612, Meat Processed from Carcasses.

42248 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422480 below.

422480 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling fresh fruits and vegetables.

42249 Other Grocery and Related Products WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422490 below.

422490 Other Grocery and Related Products WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling groceries and related products (except a general line of groceries; packaged frozen food; dairy products (except dried and canned); poultry products (except canned); confectioneries; fish and seafood (except canned); meat products (except canned); and fresh fruits and vegetables). Included in this industry are establishments primarily engaged in bottling and wholesaling spring and mineral waters processed by others.

Illustrative Examples:

Bakery products (except frozen) wholesaling
Canned fish wholesaling
Canned fruits wholesaling
Canned meats wholesaling
Canned milk wholesaling
Canned seafood wholesaling
Canned vegetables wholesaling
Dried milk wholesaling
Soft drinks wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling grains, field beans, livestock, and other farm product raw materials--are classified in Industry Group 4225, Farm Product Raw Material Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverages--are classified in Industry Group 4228, Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Wholesalers;
  • Bottling soft drinks--are classified in Industry 31211, Soft Drink and Ice Manufacturing;
  • Wholesaling a general line of groceries--are classified in Industry 422410, General Line Grocery Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling packaged frozen foods (except dairy)--are classified in Industry 422420, Packaged Frozen Food Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling dairy products--are classified in Industry 422430, Dairy Products (except Dried or Canned) Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling poultry and poultry products (except canned and packaged frozen)--are classified in Industry 422440, Poultry and Poultry Product Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling confectioneries; salted or roasted nuts; popcorn; potato, corn, and similar chips; and/or fountain fruits and syrups--are classified in Industry 422450, Confectionery Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling fish and seafoods (except canned and packaged frozen)--are classified in Industry 422460, Fish and Seafood Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling meats (except canned and packaged frozen)--are classified in Industry 422470, Meat and Meat Product Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling fresh fruits and vegetables--are classified in Industry 422480, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers; and
  • Roasting coffee--are classified in Industry 311920, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing.

4225 Farm Product Raw Material WholesalersUS

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling agricultural products (except raw milk, live poultry, and fresh fruit and vegetables), such as grains, field beans, livestock, and other farm product raw materials (excluding seeds).

42251 Grain and Field Bean WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422510 below.

422510 Grain and Field Bean WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling grains, such as corn, wheat, oats, barley, and unpolished rice; dry beans; and soybeans and other inedible beans. Included in this industry are establishments primarily engaged in operating country or terminal grain elevators primarily for the purpose of wholesaling.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling field and garden seeds--are classified in Industry 422910, Farm Supplies Wholesalers; and
  • Operating grain elevators for storage only--are classified in Industry 493130, Farm Product Warehousing and Storage.

42252 Livestock WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422520 below.

422520 Livestock WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling livestock (except horses and mules).

Illustrative Examples:

Cattle wholesaling
Goats wholesaling
Hogs wholesaling
Sheep wholesaling

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling horses and mules are classified in Industry 422590, Other Farm Product Raw Material Wholesalers.

42259 Other Farm Product Raw Material WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422590 below.

422590 Other Farm Product Raw Material WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling farm products (except grain and field beans, livestock, raw milk, live poultry, and fresh fruits and vegetables).

Illustrative Examples:

Chicks wholesaling
Hides wholesaling
Horses wholesaling
Leaf tobacco wholesaling
Mules wholesaling
Raw cotton wholesaling
Raw pelts wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling raw milk--are classified in Industry 422430, Dairy Product (except Dried or Canned) Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling live poultry (except chicks)--are classified in Industry 422440, Poultry and Poultry Product Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling grain, dry beans, and soybeans and other inedible beans--are classified in Industry 422510, Grain and Field Bean Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling livestock (except horses and mules), such as cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats,--are classified in Industry 422520, Livestock Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling fresh fruits and vegetables--are classified in Industry 422480, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Wholesalers.

4226 Chemical and Allied Products WholesalersUS

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling chemicals; plastics materials and basic forms and shapes; and allied products.

42261 Plastics Materials and Basic Forms and Shapes WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422610 below.

422610 Plastics Materials and Basic Forms and Shapes WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling plastics materials and resins, and unsupported plastics film, sheet, sheeting, rod, tube, and other basic forms and shapes.

42269 Other Chemical and Allied Products WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422690 below.

422690 Other Chemical and Allied Products WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling chemicals and allied products (except agricultural and medicinal chemicals, paints and varnishes, fireworks, and plastics materials and basic forms and shapes).

Illustrative Examples:

Acids wholesaling
Automotive chemicals (except lubricating oils and greases) wholesaling
Dyestuffs wholesaling
Explosives (except ammunition and fireworks) wholesaling
Industrial chemicals wholesaling
Industrial salts wholesaling
Rosins wholesaling
Turpentine wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling ammunition--are classified in Industry Group 4219, Miscellaneous Durable Goods Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling biological and medical products; botanical drugs and herbs; and pharmaceutical products intended for internal and external consumption in such forms as ampoules, tablets, capsules, vials, ointments, powders, solutions, and suspensions--are classified in Industry 422210, Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling farm supplies, such as animal feeds, fertilizers, agricultural chemicals, pesticides, seeds and plant bulbs,--are classified in Industry 422910, Farm Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling paints, and varnishes and similar coatings, pigments, wallpaper, and supplies, such as paint brushes and rollers,--are classified in Industry 422950, Paint, Varnish and Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling lubricating oils and greases--are classified in Industry 422720, Petroleum and Petroleum Products Wholesalers (except Bulk Stations and Terminals);
  • Wholesaling fireworks--are classified in Industry 421920, Toy and Hobby Goods and Supplies Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling plastics materials and resins, and unsupported plastics film, sheet, sheeting, rod, tube, and other basic forms and shapes--are classified in Industry 422610, Plastics Materials and Basic Forms and Shapes Wholesalers.

4227 Petroleum and Petroleum Products WholesalersUS

42271 Petroleum Bulk Stations and TerminalsUS

See industry description for 422710 below.

422710 Petroleum Bulk Stations and TerminalsUS

This industry comprises establishments with bulk liquid storage facilities primarily engaged in wholesaling crude petroleum and petroleum products, including liquefied petroleum gas.

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in bulk storage of petroleum are classified in Industry 493190, Other Warehousing and Storage.

42272 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Wholesalers (except Bulk Stations and Terminals)US

See industry description for 422720 below.

422720 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Wholesalers (except Bulk Stations and Terminals)US

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling petroleum and petroleum products (except from bulk liquid storage facilities).

Illustrative Examples:

Bottled liquid petroleum gas wholesaling
Fuel oil wholesaling (except bulk stations, terminals)
Gasoline wholesaling (except bulk stations, terminals)
Lubricating oil and grease wholesaling (except bulk stations, terminals)

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling crude petroleum and petroleum products from bulk liquid storage facilities are classified in Industry 422710, Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals.

4228 Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage WholesalersUS

42281 Beer and Ale WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422810 below.

422810 Beer and Ale WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling beer, ale, porter, and other fermented malt beverages.

42282 Wine and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422820 below.

422820 Wine and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling wine, distilled alcoholic beverages, and/or neutral spirits and ethyl alcohol used in blended wines and distilled liquors.

4229 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods WholesalersUS

This industry group comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling nondurable goods, such as farm supplies; books, periodicals and newspapers; flowers; nursery stock; paints; varnishes; tobacco and tobacco products; and other miscellaneous nondurable goods, such as cut Christmas trees and pet supplies.

42291 Farm Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422910 below.

422910 Farm Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling farm supplies, such as animal feeds, fertilizers, agricultural chemicals, pesticides, plant seeds, and plant bulbs.

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling pet food--are classified in Industry 422490, Other Grocery and Related Products Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling grains--are classified in Industry 422510, Grain and Field Bean Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling pet supplies--are classified in Industry 422990, Other Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling nursery stock (except seeds and plant bulbs)--are classified in Industry 422930, Flower, Nursery Stock and Florists' Supplies Wholesalers.

42292 Book, Periodical, and Newspaper WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422920 below.

422920 Book, Periodical, and Newspaper WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling books, periodicals, and newspapers.

42293 Flower, Nursery Stock, and Florists' Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422930 below.

422930 Flower, Nursery Stock, and Florists' Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling flowers, florists' supplies, and/or nursery stock (except seeds and plant bulbs).

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling cut Christmas trees--are classified in Industry 422990, Other Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling plant seeds and plant bulbs--are classified in Industry 422910, Farm Supplies Wholesalers.

42294 Tobacco and Tobacco Product WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422940 below.

422940 Tobacco and Tobacco Product WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling tobacco products, such as cigarettes, snuff, cigars, and pipe tobacco.

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling leaf tobacco are classified in Industry 422590, Other Farm Product Raw Material Wholesalers.

42295 Paint, Varnish, and Supplies WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422950 below.

422950 Paint, Varnish, and Supplies WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling paints, varnishes, and similar coatings; pigments; wallpaper; and supplies, such as paint brushes and rollers.

Cross-References.

Establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling artists' paints are classified in Industry 422990, Other Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Wholesalers.

42299 Other Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods WholesalersUS

See industry description for 422990 below.

422990 Other Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods WholesalersUS

This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling nondurable goods (except printing and writing paper; stationery and office supplies; industrial and personal service paper; drugs and druggists' sundries; apparel, piece goods, and notions; grocery and related products; farm product raw materials; chemical and allied products; petroleum and petroleum products; beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverages; farm supplies; books, periodicals and newspapers; flower, nursery stock and florists' supplies; tobacco and tobacco products; and paint, varnishes, wallpaper, and supplies).

Illustrative Examples:

Artists' supplies wholesaling
Burlap wholesaling
Christmas trees wholesaling
Pet supplies (except pet food) wholesaling
Statuary goods (except religious) wholesaling
Textile bags wholesaling
Yarn wholesaling

Cross-References. Establishments primarily engaged in--

  • Wholesaling advertising specialties--are classified in Industry 541870, Advertising Material Distribution Services;
  • Wholesaling farm supplies--are classified in Industry 422910, Farm Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling books, periodicals, and newspapers--are classified in Industry 422920, Book, Periodical, and Newspaper Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling flowers, nursery stock, and florists' supplies--are classified in Industry 422930, Flower, Nursery Stock, and Florists' Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling tobacco and its products--are classified in Industry 422940, Tobacco and Tobacco Product Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling paints, varnishes, and similar coatings; pigments; wallpaper; and supplies--are classified in Industry 422950, Paint, Varnish, and Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling bulk printing and/or writing paper--are classified in Industry 422110, Printing and Writing Paper Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling stationery, office supplies, and/or gift wrap--are classified in Industry 422120, Stationery and Office Supplies Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling wrapping and other coarse paper, paperboard, converted paper (except stationery and office supplies), and related disposable plastics products--are classified in Industry 422130, Industrial and Personal Service Paper Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling biological and medical products; botanical drugs and herbs; and pharmaceutical products intended for internal and external consumption--are classified in Industry 422210, Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling clothing and accessories, footwear, piece goods, yard goods, notions, and/or hair accessories--are classified in Industry Group 4223, Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling meat, poultry, seafood, confectioneries, fruits and vegetables; and other groceries--are related products are classified in Industry Group 4224, Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling grains, field beans, livestock, and other farm product raw materials--are classified in Industry Group 4225, Farm Product Raw Material Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling chemicals; plastics materials and basic forms and shapes; and allied products--are classified in Industry Group 4226, Chemical and Allied Products Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling petroleum and petroleum products--are classified in Industry Group 4227, Petroleum and Petroleum Products Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling beer, ale, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverages--are classified Industry Group 4228, Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Wholesalers;
  • Wholesaling pet foods--are classified in Industry 422490, Other Grocery and Related Products Wholesalers; and
  • Wholesaling religious statuaries--are classified in Industry 421990, Other Miscellaneous Durable Goods Wholesalers.

US—United States industry only. CAN—United States and Canadian industries are comparable.
When neither US nor CAN appears, Canadian, Mexican, and United States industries are comparable.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) | (888) 756-2427 | naics@census.gov | Last Revised: September 13, 2013