McLane is a highly successful $28 billion supply chain services company, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions.

About McLane

McLane is a highly successful $30 billion supply chain services company, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for thousands of convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and military locations, as well as thousands of chain restaurants throughout the United States.

With 38 automated distribution centers and one of the nation’s largest fleets, we optimize the purchase, flow and sale of products from thousands of suppliers to over 60,000 locations. Every year, we deliver over 10 billion pounds of merchandise to satisfied customers in every state and county in the U.S. We also provide logistics services in Brazil and export to 34 countries around the world.

Known for our long-standing relationships and reliable, accurate service, McLane employs more than 15,000 teammates who are committed to doing whatever it takes to make our customers successful. This unique combination of dedicated personnel and world-class procurement, logistics, merchandising and technology services, is why McLane is your supply chain advantage in action.

McLane Home Office (North Campus)
4747 McLane Parkway
Temple, TX 76504
(254) 771-7500 
(800) 299-1401  Toll Free
(254) 771-7244 Fax

McLane Grocery Headquarters
(South Campus)
6201 NW H.K. Dodgen Loop
Temple, TX 76504
(254) 771-7500 
(800) 299-1401 Toll Free
(254) 771-7020 Fax

McLane Foodservice Headquarters
2085 Midway Road
Carrollton, TX 75006
(800) 544-1778  Toll Free
(502) 423-4023 Fax

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Mclane Company:

  McLane is a highly successful $30 billion supply chain services company, providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions for thousands of convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and military locations, as well as thousands of chain restaurants throughout the United States. McLane is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and is its single largest non-insurance business.

Founded in 1894 in Cameron, Texas, McLane Company has grown from a local merchant to an international distribution and logistics leader. The company is headquartered in Temple, Texas, and operates 38 grocery and foodservice distribution centers across the country. Additionally, McLane owns an industry-specific software company; an import distributor of sunglasses, novelties and other items; and two regional wholesalers in Texas.

History

The history of McLane Company dates to 1894, when Robert McLane opened a small retail grocery store in downtown Cameron, Texas. In 1903, he expanded into wholesale trade, supplying grocery stores in neighboring towns via rail and horse-drawn wagons. During the 1920s through the 1940s, with the advent of the automobile and a robust highway system, his business grew rapidly to encompass much of the Central Texas region.

In 1966, McLane Company moved its operations to Temple, Texas, and began tailoring its warehouse operations and distribution methods to accommodate the unique needs of a nascent retail segment – convenience stores, which were popping up on many street corners and at many gasoline stations.

McLane Company pursued a plan of rapid expansion beyond Texas beginning in 1976 under the leadership of Drayton McLane, Jr., the third generation of family leadership. By 1990, the company had established a presence that was fully nationwide in scope.

In December 1990, Drayton McLane sold McLane Company to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. for 10.4 million shares of Wal-Mart stock and an undisclosed amount of cash.

McLane Company entered the foodservice business in December 2000, when it acquired certain assets from AmeriServe Food Distribution to create McLane Foodservice.

In May 2003, Berkshire Hathaway acquired McLane Company from Wal-Mart for $1.45 billion.

In 2008 McLane opened its 20th grocery distribution center in Jessup, Pennsylvania and 18th foodservice distribution center in Manassas, Virginia.

Berkshire Hathaway:

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A, NYSE: BRK.B) is a conglomerate holding company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, that oversees and manages a number of subsidiary companies. The company averaged an annual growth in book value of 20.3% to its shareholders for the last 44 years, while employing large amounts of capital, and minimal debt.  Berkshire Hathaway stock produced a total return of 76% from 2000-2010 versus a negative 11.3% return for the S&P 500.

Warren Buffett is the company’s chairman and CEO. Buffett has used the “float” provided by Berkshire Hathaway’s insurance operations (a policyholder’s money which it holds temporarily until claims are paid out) to finance his investments. In the early part of his career at Berkshire, he focused on long-term investments in publicly quoted stocks, but more recently he has turned to buying whole companies. Berkshire now owns a diverse range of businesses including railroads, candy production, retail, home furnishings, encyclopedias, vacuum cleaners, jewelry sales; newspaper publishing; manufacture and distribution of uniforms; as well as several regional electric and gas utilities.

Berkshire acquired McLane Company, Inc. in May 2003 from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., which brought on other subsidiaries such as Professional Datasolutions, Inc. and Salado Sales, among others. McLane provides wholesale distribution and logistics services in all 50 states and internationally in Brazil to customers that include discount retailers, convenience stores, quick service restaurants, drug stores and movie theatre complexes.

McLane Company, Inc., is one of the largest wholesale distribution companies in the United States. McLane serves customers in all 50 states, and has a total base of over 44,000 customers. Of that total, 26,000 customers are convenience stores, making McLane the world’s largest supplier to that market. In addition, the company is a major importer of gourmet and ethnic foods through its specialty food division. Other McLane divisions are engaged in foodservice, trucking, data processing, and food processing. McLane is owned by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the largest retail operation in the world. Since its acquisition by Wal-Mart in 1990, grocery distribution has played a growing role in McLane’s business, which had previously focused even more heavily on convenience stores.