SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — H.D. Smith celebrates 60 years of business in 2014, the wholesaler announced Monday.
The company was founded in 1954 to meet the needs of an underserved region in Central Illinois. Before H. D. Smith opened its doors, pharmacies in the area purchased their pharmaceuticals and supplies through large distributors out of St. Louis, Chicago, Champaign and Peoria, the company stated.
“I have been proud to watch this company grow. We began with one building, myself and two additional employees who worked together to make sales, pick, pack and ship orders and take care of the day-to-day business," stated Dale Smith, H.D. Smith chairman and CEO. "In those early years, we did not have a fleet of trucks to help us deliver orders. Instead, we partnered with the local paper, The State Register at the time, who delivered pharmacy orders along with the afternoon paper,” he said. “At each fork in the road, we turned challenge into opportunity. Where independent pharmacies once struggled to order products on a schedule that fit their demand, we made sure to meet their needs. We continue that tradition today as we grow beyond the wholesale pick, pack and ship business.”
Over the decades, the healthcare industry has changed and the company has evolved to respond to those changes. “We are partnering with our customers and our vendors in new ways that allow us to serve larger markets and more specialized needs. We have become much more than a wholesaler,” added Chris Smith, H. D. Smith president and COO, “I am thankful for the hard work each and every associate has contributed throughout our company’s history. Those efforts have allowed H. D. Smith to become the success it is today. The first 60 years of H. D. Smith’s history have given us a strong foundation. But I believe that the best is yet to come.”