Current Business Spotlight
The Chamber’s weekly Business Spotlight series features Campbell County businesses.
The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Business Spotlight is a two minute video featuring a Chamber business. The businesses to be featured are selected randomly every month by the Business & Commerce committee. It is a free feature of your Chamber membership, and participation is entirely voluntary. Videos are featured here on our website, and also on our Facebook page, YouTube Channel, Chamber Connection e-newsletter, and in the Chamber office lobby.
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Ron Rye has been working in the soda pop business for over forty years. He started out in 1977 stocking shelves, cleaning the warehouse and loading trucks, and there hasn't been a job he hasn't done in a distribution center.
"I've worked my way up through service, and I still help. It has to be done."
Admiral Beverage was founded in Worland in 1947, and to this day, 80% of the Gillette distribution location's supply comes from Worland. Both production plants have won numerous awards, and until facilities were condensed, Gillette was the #1 distribution center in 2006.
"Here we have about 48 employees, including 10 in Sheridan and 2 people in Newcastle. Admiral Beverage operates in nine states, including New Mexico and Alaska. There's probably at least 400 employees in Wyoming and 2100 total."
Each loader in the Gillette warehouse will put together as many as 15 pallets a day, picking the requested beverage off the shelves and stacking, wrapping, and loading each order for delivery. The goal is to load 143 per hour per person.
Wyoming Beverage Pepsi / 7-Up of Gillette operates six days a week, and if something is urgent, they'll even deliver on Sundays. Rye says that if a business outside of Gillette needs something else from in town, his drivers have been known to make a stop and run some errands for them, just to help out.
"What's helped our business is we're not a one-stop shop, we do care about your business. If you're not successful we try to help one way or another. We're all in this together and we all need to be in it together."
If you're looking for distribution of Pepsi products, including items like Gatorade or bottle water, give Admiral Beverage of Gillette a call at 307-685-2404.
(You must be licensed to sell alcohol to contract them for their micro brews and other alcoholic beverages.)