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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.

2020

WHERE WE ARE TODAY:
Cash-Wa Distributing proudly serves areas in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota

2019

Cash-Wa received 2019 UniPro Key Distributor Award.

2015

Cash-Wa was honored as the 2015 UniPro Member of the Year.

2012

Cash-Wa acquired Chadron Wholesale in Chadron, NE

2019

Cash-Wa acquired Foodservices of America Fargo, ND.

1974

Cash-Wa Candy Kearney acquired Cash-Wa Candy North Platte.

1978

The new freezer was constructed in Kearney, Ne.
Cash-Wa acquired Broken Bow Wholesale (soon renamed Cash-Wa Distributing of Broken Bow).

1988

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

1993

Cash-Wa acquired Ledbetters Wholesale in Scottsbluff, NE.

1994

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

2004

Cash-Wa acquired Moreland Wholesale in Cheyenne, WY.

2018

Cash-Wa's Fleet Maintenance Facility was completed.

2018

Cash-Wa acquired Express Produce in Sioux Falls, SD.

2017

Cash-Wa acquired Buller Fixture Company in Omaha, NE.

2014

Cash-Wa's Cooler/Freezer building expansion was completed. (Kearney campus now included 337,000 sq feet of warehouse space.)

2009

Cash-Wa's Freezer addition was added to the Kearney warehouse campus.

2006

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

1999

Cash-Wa acquired Schnieber Foods in Lincoln, NE.

1997

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

1992

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

1987

Cash-Wa acquired Our Country Foods in Sidney, NE. (Soon to become Cash-Wa Distributing of Sidney.)

1985

Cash-Wa acquired Van Diest Warehouse in Prairie View, Kansas.

1984

Cash-Wa Candy Company became Cash-Wa Distributing.

1967

Harvey Henning became the sole owner of Cash-Wa.

1963

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

1957

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

1939

Harvey Henning began work for Cash-Wa Candy Company.

1934

Cash-Wa Candy Company was founded by RJ McBride.

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