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  • History of Cash-Wa Distributing, Kearney

85 Years and Going Strong  

Cash-Wa Candy Company was founded by RJ McBride in 1934. Harvey Henning began working for Cash-Wa Candy Company in 1939. He peddled his bicycle around town to take and deliver orders. After his military service, Harvey became a full-time employee for Cash-Wa in 1946. Harvey purchased the company with partner Vern Gunlicks in 1957. 
Since 1957, Cash-Wa has remained privately owned by the Henning family with 2nd and 3rd generation family members playing significant roles in Cash-Wa's continued success. We now have two full service distribution centers, 18 (and counting) shuttle locations and several sales offices with representatives serving all or part of the 11 Great Plains States. We still embrace Harvey's original conviction in that
we will succeed when we remember that we're here to serve our customers.

1946

Cash-Wa Candy expanded to warehouse in Hastings and North Platte.

1974

Gary Henning (Harvey's son) began full time employment at Cash-Wa. | Cash-Wa Candy Kearney purchased Cash-Wa Candy North Platte.

1978

New freezer constructed in Kearney, NE | Purchased Broken Bow Wholesale (soon renamed Cash-Wa Distributing of Broken Bow) | Bob Henning (Harvey's son) began full time employment at Cash-Wa

1988

Cash-Wa Distributing purchased USA Foodservice in Morill, NE.

1993

Cash-Wa purchased Ledbetters Wholesale in Scottsbluff, NE.

1994

Cash-Wa doubled the size of the existing Kearney campus.

2004

Cash-Wa purchased Moreland Wholesale in Cheyenne, WY.

2018

Fleet Maintenance Facility completed

2018

Cash-Wa acquired Express Produce in Sioux Falls, SD

2017

Cash-Wa acquired Buller Fixture Company in Omaha, Nebraska

2016

CWD honored as the 2015 UniPro member of the year.

2014

Cooler / Freezer building expansion completed.  Kearney campus now included 337,000 square feet of warehouse space.

2013

Cash-Wa purchased Chadron Wholesale in Chadron, NE. (2012)

2013

Cash-Wa's full territory included all of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas. CWD reached into parts of Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma and Missouri.

2009

Freezer addition was added on to the Kearney warehouse campus.

2006

Cash-Wa purchased Hogg Restaurant Service (HRS Distributing) in Aberdeen, SD

1999

Cash-Wa purchased Schnieber Foods in Lincoln, NE.

1992

Construction began on new 4th Street warehouse in Kearney, NE.

1987

Cash-Wa purchased Our Country Foods in Sidney, NE (soon to become Cash-Wa Distributing of Sidney) | Tom Henning became President and CEO of Cash-Wa Distributing.

1985

Cash-Wa purchased Van Diest Warehouse in Prairie View, Kansas. Greg Henning (Harvey's son) started full time employment at Cash-Wa.

1984

Cash-Wa Candy Company became Cash-Wa Distributing

1971

Tom Henning (Current CEO and Harvey's son) began his full-time employment at Cash-Wa.

1963

Cash-Wa purchased Kearney Candy Company. Cash-Wa began selling food. Cash-Wa moved to a new warehouse at 19th Street and 2nd Avenue in Kearney.

1957

Harvey Henning and partner Vern Gunlicks purchased Cash-Wa Candy.

1940

1939 Harvey Henning began to work for Cash-Wa Candy Company.

1934

Cash-Wa Candy Company was founded by RJ McBride.

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