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Heidelberg Distributing Overview

Moraine, OH
1001 to 5000 employees
1938
Company - Private
Wholesale
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Become part of a thriving beer & wine company distributing top brands and delivering excelled performance. We represent products that celebrate life. We’re in a highly-competitive industry that takes jungle-like thinking to stay on top. Everyone here is ... Read more

Mission: Life ROARS through us

What better Mission Statement for a company that has a fighting lion on its crest? We represent products that celebrate life. We're in a highly-competitive industry that takes jungle-like thinking to stay on top. And ... Read more

Company Updates

  • On Sunday August 5th an act of unspeakable evil took place in the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio. Nine people were killed and dozens more injured. The Oregon District is a special place in our hometown. It's an area of restaurants, bars and other businesses where our sales professionals and delivery drivers do business every day. As a company we will continue to have a presence in the Oregon District as our sales professionals and delivery drivers will continue to service our customers. Heidelberg has always made it our mission to be good community partners in the cities where we do our business and make our homes. The company has made a $25,000 donation to the Oregon District Tragedy Fund set up by the Dayton Foundation. This fund will benefit families directly affected by the Oregon District shooting. Be good to one another and continue to be #DaytonStrong.

  • Heidelberg Distributing Company is proud to show support for the new School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts at Columbus State Community College. The Mitchell Hall Dedication Ceremony will take place on August 12, 2019.

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Heidelberg Distributing – Why Work With Us?


Heidelberg Distributing is a family owned and operated company that markets and delivers beer, wine, spirits and non-alcohol beverages to retailers in Ohio and Kentucky. Products on Heidelberg trucks come from local suppliers and from suppliers all over the U.S. and the world!

Our roots are humble. Albert W. Vontz, a 22-year-old German immigrant, arrived in Cincinnati in 1907. He was a trained brewer and soon invested his money in two local taverns. After Prohibition ended, he helped open Cincinnati’s Vienna Brewery but eventually sold his shares to his brother-in-law.

When breweries started selling beer beyond their own neighborhoods, Albert drove a truck every day from the Heidelberg Brewery in Covington, Kentucky to deliver the popular Student Prince beer to grocery stores and restaurants in Dayton. The brewery closed in 1946, but Vontz kept the Heidelberg name and found new beer and wine products to distribute.

His only child, Albert Vontz Jr., returned from World War II as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and became active in the business. With a degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati, Al looked for opportunities to expand, and the firm has been growing ever since.

In the 1950’s, wine products represented a large part of the operation’s sales. In 1959, Al traveled to St. Louis to meet with the famous August Busch, and he ended up purchasing the Anheuser-Buschbranch in Cincinnati for $25,000. In 1961 he purchased the Dayton Budweiser distributorship from another wholesaler. Albert Vontz Jr. passed away in 2002, but not before the company had grown substantially through mergers, acquisitions and industry consolidation.

From “one man, one truck” Heidelberg has grown to:

Nine warehouse and office facilities located in Cincinnati (two companies), Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, Youngstown and northern Kentucky

  • 1,600 passionate Associates
  • 18,000 beverages
  • 740 suppliers
  • Two million square feet of warehouse
  • 300,000 square feet of cooler space
  • Serving 26,000 retailers throughout Ohio and Kentucky

Teamwork: We value working together and we celebrate our successes with each other.

Communication: Our roar is heard through open, timely and relevant dialogue on a variety of platforms.  

Excellence: We compete aggressively to be our customers’ #1 choice and we strive for excellence in all aspects of our work.

Integrity: Our commitments are honored through a foundation of integrity and honesty.

Pride: We roar with passion, commitment and enthusiasm.

Knowledge: We provide added value to our customers through knowledgeable employees, who continually search for new information and ideas.

Family: We cultivate an environment in the workplace where everyone gets along and works toward common goals, much like a family.

Respect: We encourage each individual’s ideas, abilities and opinions.

Beary Sizemore, Special Events Coordinator, Ohio Valley 

Customer service is what it’s all about for Ohio Valley Special Events Coordinator Beary Sizemore. Treat the customer with respect and give them a reason to come back to Ohio Valley again, again and again. That’s the mantra that he has lived by since joining the company in 2006.

Beary started with Ohio Valley as a truck driver, driving a side load truck until OV saw a need in the market and created a special events position. He applied, interviewed and got the position and as they say the rest is history.

“When I began in this position 10 years ago, my job was just dealing with special events. As we got better known and our footprint got larger, we started dealing with some of the larger venues (stadiums and concert venues) and bigger festivals,” Beary said. “We’re at Oktoberfest, Taste of Cincinnati and the Summer and Winter Beer Fests. We do two thirds of the beer at Oktoberfest which is the second largest such event in the world only behind the original in Munich.” 

Rocco Mila, Operations Associate, Cleveland 

Any one of the 10 warehouse facilities at Heidelberg Distributing in Ohio or Kentucky is a busy place. The warehouses are where product comes in from suppliers from all over the world and eventually goes out to the market’s local retailers. Operations Associate Rocco Mila has worked in Heidelberg’s Cleveland warehouse for 14 years.

“I started out on third shift as the new operations guys do,” said Rocco. “After five years on third shift, I moved to second and was there for four years and I have been on first shift ever since.”

The Cleveland operation has seen tremendous growth in the time that Rocco has been on the job. “Every year our operation has gotten bigger,” says Rocco. “We’ve made adjustments with reorganizing the warehouse so we have more room to handle transfers, more room for kegs, more cooler space and new racking to handle more product.”

Ryan Moore, Inventory Manager, Dayton 

The first job that Dayton Inventory Manager Ryan Moore landed upon his graduation from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 was as an Operations Associate with Ohio Valley Wine & Beer. Ryan began on the night shift but was excited to get his foot in the door to what he hoped would turn into a career opportunity.

“I had just graduated from UC with a degree in operations management,” Ryan said. “I was looking for something that fit in with my education and the position with Ohio Valley was a great opportunity.”

After working the night shift for about six months, Ryan transitioned to the day shift at OV, doing stocking, receiving and inventory of product. On occasion he was even called upon to ride along with drivers and help on deliveries.

It wasn’t too long before Heidelberg presented Ryan with another opportunity. He was one of the Associates selected to assist the Heidelberg Kentucky operation when they made the move to their new warehouse and office facility in Hebron.

Sara Campbell, Berman Wine Sales Professional 

There are two distinct sides of the wine sales world - the seller and the buyer. The seller: the sales professional who goes into an off or on premise account who brings in the wine from the distributor. The buyer: the individual representing the account who purchases wine from the seller.

Berman Wine Division Sales Professional Sara Campbell has been on both sides of the equation. She began her career in the industry as a buyer for a high-end restaurant in the Toledo area. Sara shifted her focus from wine buyer to seller and for the last three years, she has been a sales professional for Heidelberg’s Berman Wine division in Toledo.

On either side of the transaction, each side needs to know their stuff but having done each position, Sara has an advantage that many other sales professionals do not. “My buying background helps me going into my accounts knowing what they are looking for,” says Sara. “There are specific ways that I can help them to make a big difference for their business. Those are the things that I always appreciated when I was a buyer.”


Ohio Valley Wine & Beer is Heidelberg's "sister" company in the Cincinnati area, conveniently located just off I-75 in Evendale. About 170 people work in two sales divisions, warehousing, delivery and administration. 

Ohio Valley serves retailers in eight Ohio counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clinton, Clermont, Hamilton, Highland and Warren.

  

When you celebrate . . . we’re there! And what better way to celebrate our communities than supporting not-for-profit organizations that work hard to bring services, arts, education, research and hope to our neighbors. Heidelberg Associates are proud to work alongside community partners throughout Ohio and Kentucky!

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    CEO Vail Miller Jr. has a fantastic vision for the company's growth and the work environment

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    Hours can sometimes be unpredictable with rollouts of new IT systems

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Heidelberg Distributing Awards & Accolades

  • Michael David Winery's Independent Distributor of the Year, Michael David Winery, 2018
  • Ohio Wholesaler of the Year, Constellation Brands, 2018
  • Gold Award- Ambassador of Excellence, Anheuser-Busch Region 4, 2018
  • Mike's Great Lakes Region Wholesaler of the Year, Mike's Hard Lemonade, 2018
  • 2018 Legacy Award Winner, Wente Vineyard, 2018
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