McLane Company

McLane is a trucking distribution company that offers supply chain solutions to a variety of different industries including grocery, food service, alcohol, and others. The company has an estimated net worth of around $48 billion and it is a leader in its industry. Although it has changed hands several times since its inception in 1894, the company retains its company beliefs and Christian values.

McLane Company currently owns the country’s largest private fleet in the nation. It operates around 80 distribution centers which ship more than 50,000 different consumer products to nearly 90,000 businesses across the country. The company employs more than 20,000 people.

In addition to providing product distribution, McLane offers customers who operate on a self-distribution model the opportunity to outsource all or part of the process to McLane.

Brief History

McLane Company was first established in Cameron, Texas in the early 1800s a retail grocery store. In 1894, the company began to shift to distribution instead of retail, and continued to innovate and lead the industry.

With the rise of computers, McLane was the first to computerize its distribution system and this and other innovations helped McLane gain an average yearly sales growth of 30% or higher throughout the next few decades.

The company merged with Walmart in the late 1980s after a long and profitable business and personal relationship between the CEOs of McLane and Walmart. The company stayed with Walmart for around 13 years, and in 2003 became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.

With the backing of Berkshire Hathaway, McLane Company has continued to grow and expand. It now delivers more than 10 billion pounds of merchandise to its customers in the retail, grocery, and food industries every year.

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