Our story first sees Jack Sr. selling Anheuser-Busch products in 1948 as a Branch Manager for Turner-Coffield out of Waco. He was assigned Bell County, which at that time had a total of 180 retail accounts. His equipment inventory used to handle this territory consisted on one pickup truck. With his pickup, he was able to carry all three available packages: 6-pk cans, returnable bottles, and quarts. He soon set that sales record selling from the back of that truck.
In 1958, Mr, Hilliard became on independent wholesaler for Anheuser-Busch products. Building a warehouse distribution complex in Temple, his territory grew to include Bell, Coryelle, Miliam, and Falls counties..
With a small group of Texas wholesalers, he went to St. Louis in 1964 to discuss with August Busch, Jr. the possibility of Anheuser-Busch opening a brewery in Texas. The next time you visit Houston, you may want to visit the Budweiser Brewery off Interstate 10, which was a direct result of that visit.
In July 1971, the Company purchased a second distributorship located in Bryan. For years, it was located in a small building on Dodd Street. The business outgrew the facility and moved in 1990 to its current distribution complex in Northwest Bryan.
From the Anheuser-Busch wholesaler beginning in 1958, his son, Jack Hilliard Jr., started working with his dad as a teenager unloading box cars at the warehouse and soon moved to working full-time in the warehouse. He worked his way through the company, learning every position. In 1982, Jack Jr. began a term as President with his father serving as Chairman of the Board; preparing him to become the owner in 1986.
As a family of employees, Jack Hilliard Distributing continues to grow with our services from multiple locations distributing Anheuser-Busch products, along with a host of craft beers, and other beverages including Nestles, Redline, Xyience, and Evamor.
All from that simple beginning out of the back of a pickup truck…..