About Us
History

 

 

 

 

The W. J. Beitler Co. was founded by William J. Beitler on May 15th, 1917 by virtue of an agreement to purchase a merchandise, brokerage and distributing business for $500.00. The agreement was contingent upon the accounts accepting the purchaser, and continued satisfactory representation and service as agent in the county of Allegheny.


 


Early operations consisted of spotting a railcar for distribution by horse or motor wagon to wholesalers in the Pittsburgh area. One of the accounts decided to open a warehouse in Pittsburgh in 1925 to prevent shortages in product which became a problem in World War I after the U. S. Government took over the railroads during the War and boxcars became limited. The W. J. Beitler Co. now became a warehouse and trucking company, employing chain drive, solid tire and pneumatic tire, open tarp, trucks.  Over the next 20 years all the major accounts commenced warehouse operations with the company, which received by rail and delivered to wholesalers by truck. As the highways and trucks improved, the geographical area served by the company grew from one county to 5 states.

 

 

In 1954 the W.J. Beitler Co. built a warehouse and moved operations to Esplen which is located within the city limits just west of downtown Pittsburgh.  Slow steady growth over the years has brought about three additions to the original building.  Today the company operates a full service warehouse and a fleet of trucks. 

 

 

Although there have been many changes in the industries that the company services the one thing that remains constant is the relationships that each generation forms while being employed as part of the wholesale supply chain with business partners, their customers, and the employees that make it all possible. 


The W. J. Beitler Co. credits its success over the years to the ability to hire and retain quality people who reliably execute customer orders to a level exceeding customer expectations. 

 

 

Fun Facts

In our first warehouse location incoming merchandise used to be hand stacked on two inch high pallets then using elevators stored on 6 different floors each with 12 foot ceilings.  This building was located on the North Shore and has since been torn down (Alcoa’s headquarters now occupy the same land). 

 

Orders were picked using hand pulled carts with steel wheels then hand stacked on the floor of the delivery trucks until the late 70’s.

 

The W. J. Beitler Co. bought it first standup forklift in the 40’s which had a “dead man’s” peddle which shut off the forklift in the event the operator fell off the equipment. 

Contact Information

Stafford Street Location
Phone: (412) 771-4204
Toll Free: (800) 771-4207
Fax Operations: (412) 771-3149
Fax Corporate: (412) 771-5066


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST
Monday-Friday



Roswell Drive Location
Phone: (412) 922-2700
Fax: (412) 922-2905


7:00 AM to 3:30 PM EST
Monday-Friday

 
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