United Sales and Distributors is an independently owned and operated wholesale company based in Youngstown Ohio that services independent grocery stores. It was established to give independents a competitive edge by bringing them best bracket pricing, without having to purchase in best bracket quantities. United Sales and Distributors is the voice behind the independents that help them purchase as a group.
The 2002 edition of the Town Crier , a paper that canvases the Mahoning Valley had this to say....
A few years ago the Ornelas family saw an opportunity. They knew that the smaller independent buyers for the neighborhood grocery stores were paying too much for their products. With their strong background in the grocery business and family ties to these neighborhood stores, they sought a better way to purchase. Very simply, buying in larger quantities puts the buyer into better pricing brackets. United Sales and Distributors would be the vehicle that would enable the smaller independents to purchase as a large group and be in the position to purchase in that “best pricing bracket”. Lawrence and his wife Diane began their organization in August of 1998. He had a background in grocery and sales and she was a medical technologist for an area hospital. They began United Sales and Distributors to allow local independent grocery stores a competitive edge in buying groceries, health and beauty care and frozen foods. They are also in the early beginnings of servicing dentists, orthodontists and family physicians with items they too would purchase at a much higher price than as a group.
“Many distributors attempt and most succeed in forcing less than truckload pricing on the independent grocery stores and we want to give them other choices” he says. What began as a husband and wife team has grown into an office of 16 professionals……….who service the Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia markets. Ornelas has expanded his operation to the New York Metro area and will soon service the Detroit area, but intends to keep United Sales and Distributors based in the valley.
They and their 4 children are happy residents of Poland and plan to remain in the Mahoning Valley indefinitely. "Local business is what we're all about", says Ornelas of his decision to remain in the township. We have recently expanded our reach beyond the township to the entire United States and APO/ FPO locations with the launch of our public facing store HERE. This has been a long well thought out process we are very pleased to be able to now offer.
The corporate office in Youngstown was awarded the distinguished Pinnacle Award for greatest total growth in sales revenue by the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce and Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business. This award is given to the top company in the valley at the Fabulous Twenty awards, which honors the fastest growing companies in the Mahoning Valley. United Sales also won awards for the greatest percentage increase in new employment and for the greatest percentage increase in revenue.