In 1924, because of the boxcar shortages from World War I, when the U.S. Government took over the railroads for the war efforts, and Beitler saw a need for warehousing. So the company rented space in B&O Railroad’s warehouse and called it “The Baltimore & Ohio Stores.”
This new warehousing space was located at Anderson and Isabella streets in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Products would be sold and physically distributed directly to wholesale agents from this facility.
“The Baltimore & Ohio Stores” specs included:
- 7 stories tall
- Indoor rail sidings in the basement
- Located between the 7th and 9th Street bridges
- Would eventually occupy 6 floors
Beitler officially became a warehouse and trucking company, employing chain drive, solid tire, and pneumatic tire, open tarp, trucks.
Growing from 1 County to 5 States
Over the next 20 years, all the major accounts began using warehouse operations with the company. Products were received by rail and delivered to wholesalers by truck. As the highways and trucks improved, the geographical area served by the company grew from one county to 5 states.