Pittsburgh Area Distributor Preparing Second Generation Leader

As part of its mission to celebrate organizations that push the foodservice equipment and supplies industry forward, the FEDA First Thing newsletter is publishing a series of Q&As with member companies. This week features Fountain Products, a family-operated company that has been located in the Pittsburgh suburbs since the 1970s.

How many locations do you have?
David Malloy, CFSP: One location with a 14,000-square-foot warehouse, four docks, and two showrooms set up for cash and carry on five acres with room for expansion.

What are your primary categories and services today?
Heavy equipment, smallwares, paper, disposables, and jan-san (janitorial and sanitation) supplies. We deliver within a 100-mile radius five days a week.

Who is your customer base?
Restaurants (heavy Asian), private clubs, churches, and pizza shops.

What is your latest and most interesting company innovation?
Purchased a new delivery truck, debuted a new website, and hired a Chinese-speaking salesperson.

How is your company making the best use of new technology?
We are listing close-out items on E-bay with a PayPay account as well as on www.fountain-products.com. Additionally, we are setting up e-blast and in-house advertising.

What excites you about the future of our industry?
Fountain Products is in process of transitioning to second-generation leadership. After 50 years, founder John Piacquadio Sr., aka Phillips, is turning over the business to his youngest son, Angelo Piacquadio, who has worked by his father's side since he was a young boy. Angelo, who is now 40 years old, is armed with fresh ideas on how to market to the younger generation and is following in his father's footsteps as has his sights set on taking Fountain Products to the next level for years to come.