- Put customer needs first
- Be known as a good place to work
- Own and operate small to medium sized distribution centers
- Locate in secondary markets, accessible to larger markets
- Focus primarily on independent and regional operators
What started as a small candy and tobacco distributor is now Nebraska’s fastest-growing broadline foodservice distributor. In 1935 Tommy Thompson started a small candy and tobacco jobber in Grand Island, Nebraska. He distributed his goods throughout the town, making a name for himself and his company. Gaining momentum, Tommy added to his product line, hired employees, and secured a building for The Thompson Company. By 1995, the company was purchased by Tony Wald, CEO of TOBA Inc. and grew to include seven straight trucks, running deliveries from a 28,000 sq. ft. warehouse. Five years later The Thompson Company continued to thrive as its fleet increased to 25 semi-trucks, and diversified its product lines. The Thompson Company extended its distribution to serve neighboring states. Quickly outgrowing its facilities, a new, larger warehouse was built and included cooler and freezer spaces. Currently The Thompson Company operates in the greater Midwest region, providing goods to a wide variety of customers, from small local businesses to large chain restaurants.