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Date: April 1, 2013
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697

History Associates Writes the History of D&H Distributing

History Associates, the leading U.S. historical services firm, salutes the 95th anniversary of D&H Distributing, a Pennsylvania-based distributor of computer products, electronics, and information technology.   History Associates researched and wrote the company’s history, “Looking Around the Corner: A Century of Innovation, Evolution & Transformation at D&H Distributing,” recently published to commemorate the event.

hist-d-and-h-cover“This book is a tribute to our employees, both current D&H co-owners and the greater D&H family that has sustained the company over the decades. Their commitment and dedication has cultivated a unique level of enduring success, and we’re grateful for that,” said CEO Izzy Schwab. “This history stands as a documentation of the customer-focused strategies that have allowed us to prosper, supporting our dealers and retailers across a wide span of market conditions and technological breakthroughs.”

Historian Andrew Simpson conducted oral histories with six of the company’s key leaders, including CEO Izzy Schwab, co-presidents Dan Schwab and Michael Schwab, senior vice presidents Jeff Davis and Bob Miller and president emeritus Gary Brothers. Mr. Simpson drew upon secondary publications and company archives to write the history and select the photographs and images included in the book.

The story begins with the company’s origins as the Williamsport Auto Wrecking Company in 1918, a realization of the American Dream for immigrant founder and entrepreneur David Schwab.   Mr. Schwab honed his skills in customer service and supply chain logistics, launching D&H Distributing in 1929 to capitalize on an emerging market for home radio sets.   This profitable venture instilled a corporate culture of adapting to new consumer technology trends, leading to successful diversification over the years into television, electronics, computers, and related IT products.

Looking Around the Corner is provided to employees of D&H Distributing and others at the discretion of management.

About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit

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