David Rowe Sr.,
The Davidson Co.
Connecticut’s Dave Rowe Sr., owner of The Davidson Co., is a pioneer in the New England specialty food distribution trade. Known for his hard work and dedication, a common sense approach to business, and a friendly disposition, he purchased the company in 1974. The company has grown over 33 years to include 175 employees and the distribution of more than 4,000 products.
Mr. Rowe began in the food business at a young age, pulling a wagon around the Meriden, Conn. neighborhood selling fruits and vegetables. As a young man, he also worked at a tobacco farm, peddled newspapers, and eventually worked for First National in many job capacities over a 22-year period including 11 years as a store manager.
In the fall of 1973, Mr. Rowe learned of an opportunity to purchase a food distribution company in N. Haven, Conn., a five-employee, two-truck operation called the E. Robert Davidson Co. Both Mr. and Mrs. Rowe went from bank to bank trying to secure a loan and were often rejected but they never gave up. With the help of the Small Business Administration, the Rowes were able to purchase the company and changed the name to the Davidson Co. Inc.
The business grew through the expansion of product lines and the acquisition of four other small distributors in Connecticut. The Rowe’s raised six sons, all of whom have worked for their father in every function of the business.
Through their involvement in many charitable and food groups, the Rowe family name is very well known and respected in Connecticut.