Wholesale beer distributor, Fisher59, was named Large Business of the Year by the Denton Economic Development Partnership Board. Community contributions, innovation, length of time in community, and partnerships were some of the key contributors in the selection of Fisher59.
During the 2021 winter storm Uri, Fisher 59 coordinated with other Denton small businesses to distribute 600 cases of bottled water for nonprofits and residents. In addition, the company are patrons of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, the Denton Black Chamber of Commerce, the Denton Parks Foundation, Denton Benefit League, CASA, and Our Daily Bread. Fisher also supports UNT’s Accounting Advisory board and the North Texas State Fair Association.
Fisher59 opened in Denton in 1983. During that time, they’ve built three different warehouses in Denton. The newest addition, a 215,000 square foot distribution warehouse, is located on West University Drive. The Fisher Family made a significant investment in automation technology in the new warehouse. The technology uses robots to put away, retrieve, and replenish beer within the warehouse. As a result, Fisher59 can be more efficient in a smaller space. In addition to technology being deployed on-site, the company also equipped the customer service teams with the latest mobile technology. The new warehouse was built with a fortified structure to accommodate the addition of solar panels in the future, and fleet telematics gives the capacity to manage idle times and fuel consumption to reduce Fisher’s carbon footprint.
Fisher59 was able to maintain staffing levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to keeping staff levels, Fisher59 hired local service industry workers who could not go to work otherwise. Additionally, the company has seen a 12% increase in staffing levels in the last five years.
Fisher59 is developing a partnership with the State of Texas for a Commercial Driver’s License education program. The partnership fills a void as the only private CDL training school in the City of Denton.
ABOUT THE AWARD
Each year the Economic Development Partnership Board recognizes a small and large business for their contribution to the economic growth and prosperity of the Denton community. Businesses are nominated by the Economic Development Partnership Board members for such worthy contributions as public/private partnerships, job creation, community relations and support, longevity and commitment to the community, leadership in their respective industry, successful business practices, innovation, and environmental stewardship. Recipient selection criteria previously adopted by the Economic Development Partnership Board is utilized to aid in the nomination and selection of a recipient company. Consideration is for business exhibiting these characteristics September 2020 – August 2021.
Source: City of Denton