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Top 50 - 2008

49. Glover Wholesale Co.

Americus, GA
Year founded: 1906
Chairman/owner: Bill Harris, Sr.
Presidents: David Harris and Ed Shattles
2 distribution centers
3,000 accounts
70% commercial, 30% noncommercial
6,000 SKUs
60% national brands
10% private label
30% group label
65% street accounts sales ($550 average)
15% multiunit accounts ($1,000 average, 40% fast food)
COP & specialty products: Fresh meat (beef, veal, lamb, poultry), fresh produce, E&S, san-jan
Best innovation: Installed warehouse management system (WMS)
Other news: Acquired "protein distributor" thereby increasing protein expertise.
Fuel prices: Increasing margins
Plans for human pandemic or other catastrophes: Yes
Any "green" or environmentally-friendly projects: Not yet.
Key issues this year: Expanding multi-unit business and dealing with health and fuel costs.