ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Independent beer distributor Matesich Distributing Co. (MDC), located in Newark, Ohio, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this month.
Jim Matesich, National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) chairman of the board, is a third-generation owner of MDC, along with his daughter Sarah Schwab, great-granddaughter of the company’s founder.
“I am proud and humbled by the opportunity to both work at and now own Matesich Distributing,” said Jim Matesich, president and CEO of MDC. “I have been blessed by the opportunity to work with many exceptional men and women who have been a part of the larger Matesich ‘family,’ as well as many suppliers and our very important retailer customers.”
“NBWA congratulates Matesich Distributing on this significant business milestone,” said Craig Purser, NBWA’s president and CEO. “Independent beer distributors, like Matesich Distributing, are pillars in their communities that not only deliver beer to thirsty consumers, but also by giving back through service projects, responsibility programs, philanthropic activities and providing solid jobs with good benefits to the area.”
MDC began in 1928 in Zanesville, Ohio, by 18-year-old John Matesich Jr., with the financial support of his father, John Matesich, Sr. MDC sold Prima Near Beer and 7-Up in the beginning, and once Prohibition was repealed in 1933, MDC began representing local beers brewed in Southern Ohio, including Weidemann and Red Top. In 1935, the company began its now 83-year relationship with Anheuser-Busch when MDC acquired the Budweiser brand. Today, along with Anheuser-Busch products, the company represents regional and national craft suppliers, including D.G. Yuengling, Constellation Brands, New Belgium Brewing Co. and Alaskan Brewing Co., as well as local craft brewers.
After World War II, a branch warehouse was opened in Newark, Ohio, which eventually became the headquarters of MDC. The MDC home office boasts a 100,000+ square-foot warehouse, including temperature-controlled storage space for its draft and package beer products.
MDC, a member of NBWA, employs more than 100 people, including many that have served decades with the company.
“I have made countless friends around the country who also are part of family-owned, independent distributor operations,” Matesich continued. “Now, I’m even more blessed to have the pleasure of working with my daughter, Sarah. To all these people, I can only say, ‘Thank you and CHEERS!’”
The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents America’s 3,000 independent beer distributors with operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Licensed at the federal and state levels, beer distributors get bottles, cans, cases and kegs from a brewer or importer to stores, restaurants and other licensed retail accounts through a transparent and accountable regulatory system. Distributors build brands of all sizes -- from familiar domestic beers to new startup labels and imports from around the world – and generate enormous consumer choice while supporting 135,000 quality jobs in their home communities. Beer distributors work locally to keep communities safe by sponsoring programs to promote responsible consumption, combat drunk driving and work to eliminate underage drinking.