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TEMPLE, Texas -- After 24 years of service, Terry McElroy, president of McLane Grocery Distribution, plans to retire, effective February 2006.
McElroy joined McLane in 1981 as v.p. of distribution and today is viewed as one of the most knowledgeable logistic executives in the industry. He is considered to be one of the primary architects in leading McLane from a small central Texas wholesaler to the $24 billion business it is today.
"I am proud to have worked with [Terry] over the years and can say with heartfelt sincerity, 'Thank you for a job well done!' He has clearly embodied the company's beliefs and values in his daily life at McLane. His strong presence and leadership will be missed," said Grady Rosier, president and c.e.o. of McLane Co., Inc., in a statement.
With the announcement of McElroy's retirement, McLane said that Mike Youngblood, current president of McLane Foodservice Distribution, has accepted the position of president of McLane Grocery Distribution.
Youngblood's career with McLane began at the company's Western Division in Longmont, Colo. in 1982 as v.p. of distribution. Since then he has held leadership positions at McLane Southeast in Dothan, Ala.; McLane Southern in Brookhaven, Miss.; and McLane Mid-Atlantic in Falmouth, Va. He served as a director in the logistics department at the McLane Co. home office and held the position of regional v.p., Atlantic Region for McLane Grocery Distribution from 1997 to 2000.
McLane Co. provides distribution services throughout the United States, delivering food and nonfood products to more than 50,000 customer locations, including the convenience store, drug store, mass merchandise, quick-service restaurant, and movie theater industries. The company operates 19 grocery distribution divisions and 18 foodservice distribution centers, as well as an industry-specific software company. McLane Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.