D+S Distribution History
D+S Distribution specializes in providing strategic supply chain solutions to meet the distribution and transportation requirements of today’s dynamic business world. Activities started in 1986 in transportation, with progressive growth to the full range of supply chain logistics including inventory management, value-added services, just-in-time delivery, sequencing and kitting, vendor managed inventory, automotive service programs, seasonal overflow and facility leasing.
D+S Distribution began operations in 1986 with a plan to offer the very best customer service in transportation. Today we have the very same focus on superior customer service but with a greatly expanded offering of supply chain logistics solutions for our customers. What began with three tractors providing transportation services for Rubbermaid in Wooster, Ohio by Bill DeRodes has expanded to approximately 21 facilities, over 3 million square feet of warehouse space availability and a variety of customized technology solutions.
Bill DeRodes grew up around the trucking business with his dad’s small truck delivery business, hauling US Mail. After college he worked for a large Fortune 100 company in the distribution division. When Bill’s father suddenly passed away, Bill decided to begin his own trucking business. 1990 was the company’s first warehousing opportunity. Transporting product for Volvo GM Heavy Trucks created a need for temporary storage of product.
The first warehouse in Wooster, Ohio opened at the request of Jon Ansel, then purchasing director for Volvo. The Wooster warehouse success spurred an additional warehouse in Dublin, Virginia supporting Volvo’s Dublin plant. In addition to warehousing and transportation, a wide variety of sub-assembly, packaging and value added services were supported by D+S Distribution.
1995, Jon Ansel joined D+S Distribution as General Manager. Jon began expanding the warehousing division by diversifying the customer base and rapidly expanding the variety of services and technologies utilized to support customer requirements. In 1998, D+S constructed a 150,000 square foot warehouse at our Nichols complex then quickly added a second 210,000 square foot warehouse at the same location.
In 1999, the corporate building was purchased and renovated. 1998 Integrated Logistics Services was formed as a freight brokerage division to continue the expansion of customer services. Beginning in 2000 to present day, D+S has opened facilities in Wooster, Columbus and Cleveland.
In 2016, Bill sold controlling interest to Jon Ansel and Kevin Trent.
Jon Ansel, President
Kevin Trent, Vice President
Mick Bolon, VP Operations
Esther Kulenich, Director, Transportation Services