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McQuade Distributing | 06/12/2012
Big things are brewing at McQuade Distributing in Bismarck.
"Really, we`re doubling the size of our storage space, so we`re going from 50,000 square feet and adding on another 50,000 square feet," said president Shannon McQuade-Ely.
With more varieties and more products hitting store shelves, McQuade-Ely says the company had to look at building on.
"For our night loaders and our warehouse staff right now, they`re overwhelmed with the amount of packages that have become available. Even if we were only carrying Anheuser-Busch and Corona products, the amount of packages they`ve introduced, it`s not just a six-pack and a 12-pack you`re seeing anymore."
This year marks the 65th birthday at McQuade Distributing and the third generation of McQuades that are running the business.
"My grandpa started McQuade Distributing back in 1947. My father came into the business in 1975. We built this building where we`re currently at in 1996 is when we moved into it," McQuade-Ely said.
The company`s territory stretches from the South Dakota border to towns near Lake Sakakawea. McQuade now ships beer from 20 different breweries around the country.
"We became a million case distributor a couple years ago and that continued to grow every year. We haven`t seen many down years in the last 10-15 years, which is a good thing."
Once construction is finished, McQuade-Ely hopes that`ll translate into a great thing for the family-owned business.
This year is also the 37th annual McQuade Softball Tournament. Teams will begin playing on June 22nd.