L&F Distributors, which has been an Anheuser-Busch distributor in the South Texas region since 1978, celebrated its 40th birthday Wednesday at its El Paso warehouse.
The 1930s-style “Repeal Party” also celebrated the 85th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. The password for admittance to the speakeasy was hooch.
L&F Distributors, which was purchased by Joe LaMantia Jr. in 1975, began with a single location in McAllen and fewer than 20 employees. Today, the company owns and operates 13 warehouses in Texas and New Mexico and has more than 1,200 employees. It represents more than 120 breweries and more than 450 wineries and distilleries.
“My father’s goal was to create a company that would get not only us, his children, involved, but also his grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” LaMantia’s daughter, Val LaMantia Peisen, said in a news release. “Now my children, nieces and nephews are involved in the business, and that’s something you don’t really see anymore.”
LaMantia Jr. established the Stars Scholarship Fund in 2002. As of 2015, the fund had raised more than $25 million in scholarships.