Eagle Distributing Company has a commitment to our customers and community with quality products and professional service that exceeds expectations for excellence.
Our Mission: A commitment to our customers and community with quality products and professional service that exceeds expectations for excellence.
Budweiser was introduced to Eastern Tennessee in the mid 1880’s. It was delivered by a variety of distributors including companies whose primary business was food, other beverages, and even pharmaceuticals. Following Prohibition, several companies distributed Anheuser-Busch products until 1946 when Smoky Mountain Beverage, owned by Charles Brown, took total control from Royal Crown Bottling. In 1958 the distributorship was sold to E.L. Tipton, who renamed the enterprise Tipton Distributing Company. He built a new warehouse facility which is still the home of current company operations. His family held the franchise until 1983, when Raymond D. Hand purchased the company and rechristened it Eagle Distributing Company, Inc.
Owner and President of Eagle Distributing Company, Ray Hand was introduced into the malt beverage industry at a very young age. His early start was truly a family affair. Ray worked with his brother, Charles, at their father’s distributing company in Clarksville, Tennessee. Oertles 92 was the most popular brand at that time. Some years later, Anheuser-Busch products were acquired and added to the product line. After continuing his higher education, Ray started a successful uniform laundry business, but decided that his future was in the beer industry.
Ray moved his family from Clarksville to Lexington, Kentucky as partner in a Stroh/Schlitz operation. This endeavor was expanded to include another Stroh/Schlitz operation that distributed wine and spirits in Asheville, North Carolina. Raymond D. Hand divested his interests in Lexington, Kentucky and Asheville, North Carolina operations to purchase present day Eagle Distributing Co., Inc. in 1983. Under Mr. Hand’s leadership the past 25 years, the organization has grown in astronomical proportions. The original warehouse has been completely renovated with new CEW facilities being built to more than triple the original facility size. Eagle Distributing Company also maintains a 24,000 square foot satellite facility in Lenoir City, Tennessee.