Russ Davis Wholesale
Russ Davis Wholesale was started in 1955 by Russ Davis as a one truck business. Mr. Davis called on local grocery stores in the lakes area of northwestern Minnesota. Daily, he would drive to the Rock Island fruit terminal in Minneapolis to pick up the product needed for his customers. Mr. Davis took orders while making his deliveries during his route.
In 1968, Russ and his son Gary expanded the operations by building an 8,000 sq. foot warehouse in Wadena, MN. From there, the Company continued to expand its territory, serving many of the independently owned, family run grocery stores that dotted the landscape.
Since becoming employee owned in 1991, the company has seen continuous growth year over year. The Company has made several strategic warehouse expansions, acquisitions, and investments into state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Today, Russ Davis Wholesale is a vertically integrated company of 600+ employee owners and is a premier wholesale distributor and processor of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Midwest. The Company’s growing customer base is a testament to its reputation for quality and service.
Russ Davis Wholesale History 1955-2018
1955- Russ Davis starts a business with one truck
1968- Russ and Gary Davis built a warehouse in Wadena, MN
1971- Russ Davis Wholesale becomes incorporated
1974- Wadena warehouse expanded for more cooler space
1991- RDW becomes an ESOP
1995- Computerized banana ripening rooms added
1996- The company expands to Jamestown, ND
2003- New facility opened in Inver Grove Heights, MN
2006- RDW purchases property in Merrill, Wisconsin
2008- The company becomes 100% employee owned
2010- Opened a fresh cut facility in Eagan, MN (Crazy Fresh Produce)
2012- New warehouse in La Crosse, WI opened
2015- Purchased Hammond, WI facility
2015- Opened a cross dock facility in Milwaukee, WI
2016- Opened Hammond Truck and Trailer repair next to the distribution center
2018- Retrofitted Inver Grove Heights, MN to become the Crazy Fresh facility
2018- Eagan, MN facility becomes the companies’ commissary production facility
2018- Opened a cross dock facility in Rapid City, SD
2018- Pueblo, CO facility is purchased