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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. Red Tag changed from a retailer to a wholesaler. The Company would call on builders instead of waiting on customers to come visits its showrooms. Red Tag also changed its name to Manna Distributors.
Red Tag changed its business model for two main reasons. Consumer spending was down because of the “Houston Oil Bust”. Builders were better sales targets.
Consumers had stopped spending and new home construction was at a halt. The market for major household appliances and electronics had slowed down significantly.
Manna also saw this as an opportunity to capitalize on the builder relationships it had made over the past few years. Builders were better sales targets because of the large volumes they purchased. Builders were also less expensive to service.
Manna shuttered its 5 Houston locations and made staff changes. Manna moved all of its operations to a single, larger facility in a warehouse business park. The Company needed more warehouse space and less retail space. Manna hired outside sales representatives to call on Builders. It would no longer rely on showroom salesmen.
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 focused on profitable growth. The Company is investing money in facilities and people.
Manna Distributors is currently building a new two-story facility located in the Upper Kirby District. Manna is also upgrading its existing warehouse facility.
The new facility will house a first-of-a-kind showroom concept named CookChill; whereas, the investment in the current facility will support an increase in business and capabilities.
CookChill will be the ultimate display of residential appliances and foodservice equipment ever seen. There will be more than 20 residential and commercial kitchens under one roof, including a gelateria and pizzeria. All of the kitchens will be live, with power, gas, water, drains, and ventilation. The CookChill concept is to sell high-end equipment by displaying and demonstrating it best. The design will provide the ultimate backdrop for the equipment on display. The large number and variety of high-end brands and types of equipment on display will be first of a kind. The ability to prepare, store, and cook in every kitchen will enable the most informed purchases decisions.
The design will be modern and sublime. The overall space will have a museum-like quality that invites one in and invites further investigation of the equipment on display. The individual kitchens will blend perfectly into the landscape, yet each will have its own identity. The materials used throughout will be the finest quality. The highest end brands will be on display at CookChill. There will also be several exclusive brands on display. There will also be a large number of brands on display. There will also be both residential brands and commercial brands on display in the same setting.
There is also a large variety of equipment on display at CookChill. There will be cooking, cleaningventilationpreparationrefrigeration, and display equipment of various types on view. There will also be both residential and commercial equipment types on display. CookChill’s best feature is that all the equipment inside its walls are live. This means that they are all hooked to power, gas, water, drains, and ventilation. The equipment will be used for preparing, refrigerating, and cooking food to demonstrate its capabilities.
CookChill will host regular events to demonstrate the capabilities of its equipment: chef battles, product launches, CEUs, tours, buyer appreciations, cooking demos, food tastings, charity events, etc. We hope that our products and services inspire you for years to come!
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