Harbor Wholesale acquires MTC Distributing Co.

Nov. 29, 2022
The combined companies operate four distribution centers on the West Coast, servicing customers from the Canadian border to just north of Los Angeles.

Harbor Wholesale, a Northwest family-owned independent distributor, announced that it acquired MTC Distributing Co., based in Modesto, California.

According to the announcement, the combined companies operate four distribution centers on the West Coast, servicing customers from the Canadian border to just north of Los Angeles. With more than $1 billion of collective purchasing power, Harbor and MTC are well-equipped to offer competitive programs to customers while generating strong returns to reinvest in facilities, technology and innovative solutions for its customers.

MTC Distributing will remain independently operated in Modesto, with the current leadership team in place. Tom Eakin remains with the new company in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth transition and continued commitment to team members and customers.

Justin Erickson, Harbor Foods' CEO and fourth-generation owner, said in the announcement, "This is an incredible opportunity to bring our family companies together into the 4th generation and beyond, maintaining and enhancing the culture that's made MTC and Harbor successful for a century. MTC celebrated 100 years in 2021, and Harbor will join them in 2023. We look forward to entering our next 100 years with an incredible team of industry professionals who share common values and a similar obsession with our customers' success."

Eakin, CEO and third-generation owner of MTC Distributing, said in the announcement, "With the industry constantly evolving, we are taking the opportunity to bring two like-minded, independent companies together. I trust Harbor to carry on the MTC legacy and provide the solutions our retail and foodservice customers need today and into the future. Harbor's extensive experience in foodservice, branded programs, fresh foods, and innovative marketing and technology will allow our incredible team to bring even greater value to our customers." 

Founded in 1923, Harbor Wholesale serves over 6,000 convenience stores, independent grocers, and quick-serve restaurants with a selection of products, including Harbor-owned brands. Harbor Wholesale is a subsidiary of Harbor Foods.

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