Experience. Creativity. Innovation.
We’re pushing boundaries to make things work better for you.
We started with some simple questions. How do we make every aspect of logistics better? How do we maintain excellent customer service through the last mile? How do we decentralize customer service through technology to ensure a dedicated solution?
We answered these important questions by utilizing many years of industry experience, a creative approach to problem solving and a passion for innovation. We know that your route to success is unique. We’ll help you get there.
To be a national leader providing quality and innovative custom distribution and logistics solutions to food service customers.
To achieve operational excellence through our world class assets, while providing a safe and motivating environment for our employees, resulting in profitable growth for our customers and shareholders.
History of CDI
We’ve grown our business so that you can grow yours.
cdi is a premier southeast-based dedicated logistics company committed to providing quality “last mile” service primarily focused on the Quick Service Restaurant (“QSR”) industry. The company was originally founded in 1972 by Tom Willingham and was named IDI (Interstate Distributors, Inc.). IDI experienced rapid growth and became a very successful chain distributor known for its great customer service and creativity. In the early 1990’s Mr. Willingham made the decision to sell the company then in turn team up with Marc Gruber to buy the business back in the late 90”s at the request of past customers. Mr. Willingham and Mr. Gruber formed cdi in 2000 and they were back distributing to the QSR industry. The company has since concentrated on servicing restaurants in the southeast United States.
In late 2020, Mr. Dick DiStasio, a long-time industry executive, (approached cdi) and inquired if the business would be available for sale. During this process, Dick partnered with HC Private Investments (“HCPI”), a Chicago-based private investment firm. HCPI ‘s approach to their investments has a long-term view, which made for a strong fit for the strategic growth of the business. cdi has a long history of supporting their customers through multiple stages of growth. cdi will continue to provide a full-service value-added alternative to national broadline food distributors. The Company’s strategy is to grow with their customers as well as expand geographically as the business needs require.
Industry Leaders Creating New Solutions in Logistics
We have brought together leaders in shipping, logistics and technology to deliver the most advanced distribution network in the country.
We’re with you all the way through the last mile.
A Culture of Innovation and Service to Our Customers
We work every day to find the best ways to get your products to your location when you need them. We get results by putting our customers at the center of what we do. That means:
- Respecting what is right. Integrity is a core value.
- Encouraging and enabling our team to find better ways of serving our customers through innovation.
- Committing to ensuring safe operations while maintaining focus on efficiency.
- Nurturing strong relationships with our customers and all of our employees.
Solving your problems is our most important mission. See the difference our culture can make for you.
“I enjoy servicing the customers and showing others how to do the job!”
Tommy Morris – 7 Years of service
Mississippi Driver Trainer
Technological Innovations That Drive Your Future
Our distribution services are enhanced by our commitment to creating and using the most advanced logistical and shipping technology in the world. Technology helps us move faster, smarter and more safely and efficiently to solve any logistical challenge you might face.
With temperature control, smart tracking and innovative delivery platforms, we’re paving the way for a more efficient and productive future.
We have what it takes to transform the way you do business. Let’s find the best route together.
Sustainability – Green Initiatives That Respect Our Environment
We value our environment, just like we value our employees. Through our comprehensive in-house recycling program, energy conservation efforts and consistent effort to develop new green initiatives focused on environmental sustainability, we do what is right as we grow and serve our customers.
Creativity and Flexibility That Redefine Logistics
What does it mean to be with you through the last mile? It means a flexible distribution fleet with both CDL and non-CDL trucks to get down every road. It means a creative use of technology to perfect fleet management. It means modern GS1-ready NSF certified warehouses and trucks that are safe, efficient and compliant.
Getting you through the last mile and on-time is what drives us every day.
Join the CDI Team
When you work at CDI, you have a chance to innovate, make a difference and grow both personally and professionally. Our employees are our family, and we give you the tools to succeed at any position.
Our Unique Approach Proven to Show Results