98 99 C OE Distributing,with headquarters in Smock, Pennsylvania, is family-owned, wholesale office furniture company, orig- inally established in the 1940s, by the grandmother of its current President and CEO, J.D. Ewing.“The start of the company goes back quite a fewyears,” says Ewing,“but the wholesale arm was founded in 1986, and I’ve run it since 1989.We grew the company from less than a quarter million dollars at the end of 1989 to over $21 million in early 2006.” Ewing’s successful run attracted the attention of investors who acquired the company in a roll-up acquisition that same year. (A rollup is a process where multiple small companies in the same market are acquired and merged.) “We were the COE DISTRIBUTING A SUCCESSFUL RUN COE DISTRIBUTING AT A GLANCE COE DISTRIBUTING WHAT: A wholesale office furniture company WHERE: Smock, Pennsylvania WEBSITE: