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Beer distribution software has landed company 110 distributors doing $10 billion in beverage sales last year.

October 12, 2018 – Rutherford and Associates is making waves in the beer distribution network. Since moving to Holland with only three coders, it has grown to more than 70 staff members providing a wide range of services in the distribution software sector, and the company has run out of space.

The company originally was founded by Michael Rutherford and his wife Ann in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1986, but they moved the company to Holland in the late 1990s to pursue a business relationship with Brooks Beverage Management. The beverage distribution company, at the time, was going through an expansion and wanted a system to link all of them together.

“What they wanted to do was take a look at the sales running across all their distribution centers … so we set up a system, and I wrote some software that they could have computers — this is pre-internet — so they wanted to have computers backing each other up,” Rutherford said.

Click here to read the full article posted to the Grand Rapids Business Journal website, by Ehren Wynder.

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