- Our Story -
It all started with meat.
As a young man back in the 1920’s, founder Harry Smuckler
was part owner of Canton’s Superior Meats.
He left during the Great Depression to start his own slaughterhouse,
Fairmont Provision Company, in Alliance, Ohio.
The next generation of Smucklers – Hershel and Al – changed the format of the business and acquired Canton Hotel and Restaurant Supply at its current location. Their mission was delivering fine meats and more to the area’s better eating establishments.
The current ownership, Bill and Howard Smuckler, struck out
on their own for an education in the private sector before
returning to Canton Hotel & Restaurant Supply.
Howard Smuckler worked for a large manufacturer that sold vinyl film
on the east coast; Bill, always a political junkie, headed to Cleveland and worked for then-Mayor Dennis Kucinich. Their sister, Amy, who has since retired, went to California to work for KFC. The three gathered
a wide range of experience and insights.
The idea was to learn how to improve the business and
help our customers benefit from a diversity that many
family-owned companies may not be able to offer.
High Standards in Ohio
Today, back in Canton, the third generation of Smucklers has
evolved Canton Hotel & Restaurant Supply for today’s
restaurant and catering needs. We're able to compete successfully
with larger foodservice distributors due to our family tradition of
doing things right.
The real secret is our commitment to personalized service
for every customer. We will always find a solution for getting
what you need, the way you want it, when and where you need it to be.
The Smuckler Promise: Quality • Consistency • Service
Serving ten Ohio counties, we are large enough to provide everything
from center-of-the-plate to back-of-the-house, yet nimble enough
to jump through hoops for you.