Canadian Vending

Features Profiles
Kane’s Distributing turns 60


August 21, 2014
By Canadian Vending

Topics

Aug. 21, 2014, St. Catharines, Ont. – Kane’s
Distributing, which has had its hand in almost every
aspect of the vending industry, marks its 60th birthday this month.


Aug. 21, 2014, St. Catharines, Ont. – Kane’s
Distributing, which has had its hand in almost every
aspect of the vending industry, marks its 60th birthday this month.


Advertisment

The veteran
company has been involved many aspects of the vending business over the
years, starting with lunch trucks in 1954, when Ron Kane established the company with John Chotka and Don
Corlett. When they divided the ever-growing business, Ron took over the vending portion.


It was
incorporated in 1961 as Niagara Frontier Vending Ltd., then became Kane’s
Coffee and Vending Service. Now it is known as Kane’s Distributing Ltd.,
recognizing its change in focus.


Over the years Kane's grew and changed under the
ownership of husband-and-wife team Ron and Dianne
Kane.  

During the 1960s and early ’70s the company expanded
to include cafeteria food service, seasonal
foodservice accounts, office coffee service
and video games. In the mid-1970s the vending and games division of the company were sold to the Hudson
Bay Company. A few years later the OCS
division was also sold. These changes allowed, all of which allowed the Kane family to concentrate on the distribution and
remanufacturing of vending machines.

In 1997, the company moved from its Glendale Avenue location to its current location on the
QEW. Lorna Kane, who has been involved in the business since the ’80s,
took over from her father as sales and general manager. Together Lorna and business
partner Scott Garratt developed the new software division, Scott inventing and
overseeing the product development and Lorna bringing it to markets via trade
fairs and distributor networks. In
2013, Kane’s sold its golf-range management systems line to Garratt.


Today Kane’s
Distributing designs and manufactures cashless payment solutions for the
vending and gaming industries, school programs for U.S. market and since 2008 satellite
monitoring services for explosive magazines.


The company
is perhaps best known for its VendIt inventory control systems consisting of
software and reader, which are used in industrial safety items, for employee
meal plans and even in the U.S. as reimbursements systems. 

Lorna Kane
is proud of the company’s family values. Some of the staff employees have been
with the company for 20 years. She is also proud of its ability to innovate in
the face of change. Of the decision to start selling vending control systems in
1999 she said, “We had to decide: do we invest in new programs? But we knew that’s
the way the market was going.”


Kane’s will
hold an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 27, where they will be demonstrating
another new venture, micromarkets, in their showroom.



Print this page

Related



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*