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.