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Company Bio

MANNA DISTRIBUTORS


PAST

Manna Distributors can trace its roots back to 1978, when brothers-in law Rick Nahman and Wayne Maltz founded a Company named Red Tag Appliances. Red Tag was a retail appliance and electronics dealer. Red Tag sold and delivered major household appliances and consumer electronics, such as refrigerators, ranges, cook-tops, ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, washers, dryers, big-screen TVs, Betamax and VHS players. Red Tag sold all the popular brands of the time.

Red Tag had 5 locations in the Greater Houston Metro Area. They functioned as both showrooms and warehouses. The showrooms were in the front and the warehouses were in the back.

The showrooms were simple but there was lots of equipment on display. There were rows of refrigerators, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, cooktops, hoods, washers, and dryers. There were also TVs, projectors, video players, and video recorders on display. The showrooms were open to the retail public. They were a place to see the latest and greatest in appliances and electronics.

The warehouses were used to ship and receive both stock and custom inventory. Popular models were stocked at each location for immediate pick-up or local delivery. Custom orders were also shipped and received from one of the warehouses closest to the customer.

Red Tag changed its business model in 1983. It changed from a retailer to a wholesaler. The Company also changed its name to Manna Distributors.

Red Tag changed to a wholesaler because it needed a more efficient.business model. The "Houston Oil Bust" had negatively impacted consumer spending.

Consumers had stopped spending, especially on luxury items such as big-screen TVs and VHS players. New home construction had also come to a halt. The market for major household appliances and electronics had changed and there was more competition.

The Company shuttered its 5 Houston locations and made staff changes. The Company also moved all of its operations to a single, larger facility in a warehouse business park. It needed more warehouse space and less retail space.

Manna also hired outside sales representatives to call on Builders. It would no longer rely on showroom salesmen.They were successful at developing relationships with builders. In short time, the Company transformed into a wholesale builder supplier.

The name Manna Distributors was derived from a combination the founders’ last names and its play-on-word meaning. The first two letters of each of the founders’ last names were “MA” and “NA” and an extra “N” was added. Manna was also the miraculous food that God gave the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land. Much like the miraculously large selection of brands and types of appliances that Manna Distributors would sell.

Wayne Maltz left the Company in 1985. Rick Nahman continued on as Manna Distributors’ President, a role he held for many years. Today he is succeeded at this position by his son, Alan Nahman.


PRESENT

Manna Distributors has expanded into other markets over the years. In addition to residential appliances, Manna now sells and installs both foodservice equipment and commercial laundry equipment.

Manna sells the following types of residential equipment: cleaning, coffee, cooking, home products, outdoor, refrigeration, ventilation, and water products.

Manna  sells the following types of foodservice equipment  equipment: warewashing, beverages, cooking, baking, ventilation, preparation, refrigeration, icemaking, sinks, tables, faucets, serving/displaying, counter-top, storing, holding, specialty, and stainless.

Manna sells the following types of commercial laundry equipment: OPL washers, OPL dryers, and presses.

Manna Distributors sells many different brands, ranging from ultra-luxury to apartment-grade.

Some of the residential appliance brands it sells are Gaggenau, Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele, Viking, Monogram, Café, Hestan, Fisher & Paykel, DCS, Thermador, Bosch, Bertazzoni, AGA, LaCornue, Alfresco, Lynx, Marvel, U-Line, and Perlick.

Some of the foodservice equipment brands it sells are Southbend, Pitco, CaptiveAire, Rationale, Turbo Chef, ACP, Carter Hoffman, Metro, American Range, Continental, TRUE, Turbo Air, Everest, ThermalRite, Oscartek, Globe, APW Wyott, Atlas, Savannah, Advanced Tabco, Meiko, Jackson, Salvajor, Hoshizaki, and Manitowoc.

Some of the commercial laundry equipment brands it sells are it sells are Electrolux, Wascomat, and LG Commercial.

Manna has also expanded its service offerings. In addition to providing residential appliances installation services, Manna now offers both repair and preventative maintenance services. This includes maintaining and repairing commercial cooking, refrigeration, icemakingwarewashing, and ventilation equipment.

Manna services many different brands. Manna services most of the brands it sells. Manna is also an authorized warranty service provider for most of these brands.


FUTURE

Manna Distributors is investing in it's facilities and hiring new people. Manna Distributors is building out new two-story facility located in the Upper Kirby District. Manna is also upgrading its existing warehouse facility.

The new build- out is a first-of-a-kind showroom concept named COOKCHILL The upgrade is a remodel of it's exhisting distribution facility, which is meant to support higher sales volumes and service business.

COOKCHILL will create immersive and interactive experiences that will drive informed purchases of kitchen and laundry equipment . Homeowners, builders, developers, architects, designers, chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and many others will use this space to demonstrate many brands and types of kitchen and laundry equipment.

There will also be regular events at COOKCHILL. Chef battles, product launches, CEUs, design tours, home-buyer appreciations, cooking demos, food tastings, charity events, and others will fill up the calendar.

The setting for all this equipment is a two-story building with more than 15 residential and commercial kitchens. Each of the kitchens is loaded with a large variety of equipment from the best brands in the World, and each is fully operational.

The kitchens are spread throughout the first and second floors of the building. Each of the kitchens is organized by brand with the exception of the commercial kitchen, which has many brands. Each of the kitchens contains the latest and greatest equipment from these brands.

The space has a museum-like feel. The minimalist design is strikingly beautiful and it provides the perfect backdrop for the kitchens on display. The kitchens invite careful and thorough investigation as each one of them is fully operational and ready for whatever cooking, cooling, prepping, and serving power is required at the time.

Many luxury brands are displayed at COOKCHILL. There are both  residential  and commercial.Several of them are exclusive.

Many different types of equipment are displayed at COOKCHILL. There are cooking, cleaningventilationpreparation, and  refrigeration installed in the kitchens throughout.

We hope that our products and services inspire you for years to come!

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