is a customer-oriented snack food company
located in Biddeford, Maine. The company was founded in 1999 by Bob Gartland, after twenty years working in Sales with Pepsi. He began selling beef jerky out of his pickup, adding products as his customers requested it. His daughter Ashley began helping at 11 years old, eventually becoming a driver while in high school and college. Phil Cassette, a childhood friend of Bob’s, acted as a business and accounting consultant. Bob ran the company for seven years with
the help of only his wife Kate, daughter, and long-time friend.
In 2006, Bob
purchased a second delivery truck and hired his
first employee, son-in-law Jeff Petit to drive in the summer. Gartland
Distributors, known for their exceptional customer service, continued to grow, despite the economy’s troubles. With the urging and support of Bob’s wife, Kate, they built a new storage facility in their backyard, and continued to expand the inventory, customer base and employees. Ron Soucy joined Gartland’s full time in sales that year.
After two more
years of steady growth, Bob added a third truck
and turned to veteran milkman Harold Johnson to develop and serve accounts north of Augusta. Bob and Ron continued their hard work in the southern and central territories, and the company continued to enjoy success. Bob hired his step-daughter, Robin, in the summer of 2009. She covered a sales route a few days per week, which allowed Bob time off the road to manage inventory and the office.
By 2011, the company had grown from one employee to seven, with four trucks on the road. Harold’s role changed to Account Development Manager. Seeing continued growth, Gartland hired yet another employee Gordon Murry in the spring of 2013. It has been an exciting ride and Gartland Distributors looks forward to continued growth in 2013 and beyond.
The company is
still run by Bob and the mission remains to
provide unmatched customer service with the best quality snacks in the industry. This includes scheduled deliveries, product rotation, merchandising, and crafting orders to meet your needs. Competitively priced, all of Gartland’s products are 100% guaranteed. If it doesn’t sell, we will pick it up. For more information
about what Gartland Distributors can do for your business, please visit the products page.
At Gartland Distributors we believe: "The Customer is the Reason."