In 1994, Lloyd “Red” Parker and Gary Parker opened the doors of Northwest Distribution & Storage, Inc. whose roots extend back to 1972 where Red Parker started a family business with his sons Gary and Robert Parker. Parker Transport Inc. was a logging and lumber products transportation company specializing in shipments throughout the state of California. Utilizing the connections Red Parker had within the airline business, Parker Transport began to move airfreight between San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport and pioneered this service for air cargo and airfreight forwarders. In 1988, Parker Transport Inc. was sold and the Parker family returned to the Pacific Northwest where they had originally resided. Northwest Distribution & Storage, Inc. opened its doors in September of 1994 and began a new chapter, pioneering the wine storage, consolidation, and transportation programs that are still the standard today.
In 2018, following an exciting year highlighted by extraordinary growth, Northwest Distribution and Storage, Inc. and WineCo LLC was purchased from the Founder and Owner, Gary Parker by the 5-member Executive Team of Jason Flaig – President, Michelle Cervone – VP Operations, Jeff Carpenter – VP Logistics, Ted Compton – VP Warehouse, and Andrea Kendall – VP Finance. This bold move ensured the company remained the leading wine storage facility in the Pacific Northwest, strengthened the best-in-class fulfillment of e-commerce and winery-direct shipments, and continued to develop the transportation and logistics services across the country.
Northwest Distribution and Storage and WineCo is operated by the same staff that created such phenomenal success, as the purchase by the current executives ensured the operations and overall structure of the company remained intact. As more companies in the industry are being purchased and run by out-of-state corporations, this move allowed them to remain owned and operated locally by the people who helped create its success. The organization will continue its positive momentum and enhance its world class services by expanding the national reach, refining its proprietary technology, and integrating logistics capabilities to allow them to serve the customer more effectively.
With the loyalty and partnership of some of the largest wineries in Oregon and Washington, along with many of the area’s most prestigious boutique wineries, they quickly grew from 10,000 square feet to their current size of over 300,000 square feet. In addition, with the extensive background in transportation and logistics, the consolidation and brokerage programs have grown exponentially. Over the years, the company has added valuable employees who embody the same customer service and family values as the company, which they have incorporated into every aspect of their businesses. With the continuous support of the wine industry, distributors nationwide, and other industries they have diversified into, Northwest Distribution & Storage, Inc. expects to remain a steadfast part of the Northwest’s storage, transportation, and logistics business.