McAneny Brothers Receive IUP Distinguished Family Business Award

Posted on 4/27/2018 3:10:33 PM

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.

Dr. Robert Camp, dean, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology; Elizabeth Gregg, director, IUP Center for Family Business; McAneny Brothers Tom, Steve, and Joe; IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll.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 of Johnstown.

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 of distribution.

In 1997, a new building was built and has been expanded a number of times to accommodate McAneny Brothers’ growing distribution business.

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.