McAneny Brothers, headquartered in
Ebensburg, were honored with the Distinguished Family Business Award by the
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Center for Family Business at the annual
awards ceremony on April 10, 2018.
The Distinguished Family Business award is given annually to a family that has achieved excellence in its industry,
contributed significantly to its community, and successfully succeeded
ownership and management to the second generation or beyond. The business is
chosen by Robert Camp, dean of the Eberly College of Business and
Information Technology, and committee members.
A presentation was made to McAneny
members in the Eberly auditorium to over 350 students, faculty, administrators,
and community members. The McAneny brothers talked about their family business,
the important roles that individuals played in the success of the business, and
key aspects of operating and maintaining their family business over the years. During
the recognition event, a tree was dedicated with a permanent plaque and
installed in the Allegheny Arboretum at IUP in the family’s honor.
The Distinguished Family Business
Award was created to increase awareness of the importance of family-owned
businesses, which employ more than 62 percent of America’s work force and
produce 64 percent of the gross domestic product.
McAneny Brothers is a full-service convenience and
grocery store distributor offering on-line ordering and next day delivery
throughout Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern Maryland, central and northern
West Virginia, and south and western New York.
McAneny Brothers headquarters is on 19.5 acres in the
Cambria County Industrial Park. With 310 employees, McAneny Brothers is now
located in a 172,000-square-foot building and owns and operates three grocery
stores. There are seven family members from the second generation of the family
working at McAneny Brothers, and four of them have attended IUP.
McAneny Brothers started in 1979 when Steve, Tom, and
Joe McAneny purchased Helsel Wholesale, a 3,000-square-foot storefront that
sold tobacco, confections, and novelty items for carnivals and local fairs. The
McAneny and Helsel families were neighbors in the 8th Ward section
Steve and Tom each worked after school and summers for
Harry and Mary Jo Helsel. After purchasing the business in 1979 and as each
brother in turn finished school, they chose to stay with the business. Each
went on the road, calling on customers, visiting stores, and finding sources for
requested items. As the years went by, the brothers sold the novelty part of
the business to concentrate on food distribution. The company expanded several
times over the years as they entered into the produce business and other areas
In 1997, a new building was built and has been
expanded a number of times to accommodate McAneny Brothers’ growing
Previous winners of the Distinguished Family Business
Award include: Delaney Automotive Group; 422 Home Sales; Benzel Pretzel
Bakery; Colonial Motor Mart; Diamond Drugs, Inc.; Gorell Enterprises, Inc.; Howard
Hanna Real Estate Services; Indiana Printing and Publishing Company; James
Industries, Slinky Toys; Keystone Foam Corporation; McLanahan Corporation;
Seven Springs Mountain Resort; Snyder Associated Companies; Wayne S. Lockard
Family; Sheetz Convenience Stores; and the Reschini Group.
Platinum sponsors for the Center for Family Business
are: Hagey Tours
and Transportation Services;
Huntington National Bank; Rothman
Gordon, P.C.; Reschini Insurance Agency; and S&T Bank. Gold sponsors for the Center for Family
Business are Snyder Associated
Companies, Inc. and EMF
Management, LLC. Silver Sponsors are Diamond
Drugs, Inc.; Scott Weber, Merrill Lynch; Brien Wall, Mass
Mutual, Pittsburgh; First
Commonwealth Bank; Indiana First; Wilmoth Interests, Inc. and Tyger Paint and Wall
Coverings. Bronze sponsors are Colonial Motor Mart; Kuzneski and Lockard Real Estate; Lockard Company; Philadelphia Square Apartments; Putt Real Estate; Romeo’s
Pizzeria and Mediterranean Kitchen;
Friends of Don White; Smith Lewis
Chess and Company; Supinka
and Supinka; and William G. Mechling Insurance Agency, Inc.