About Us

alder1Dating back to 1921, the Alder Companies started as the Urbandale Farms dairy and milk processor. Responding to industry changes, the companies migrated from production to distribution of fresh and frozen dairy products for Dean Foods Company, one of the largest producers of dairy products in the United States. This on-going relationship began in 1942; we were awarded the 2000 Partner in Distribution Award, the first ever given by the company.

Based in Delavan, Wisconsin, our major market includes the Midwest and Northeast with license to serve all 48 contiguous states. We distribute to many of the top food outlets in the United States including Walmart, Super Valu/Jewel Foods, Sentry, Fresh Brands (Piggly Wiggly) along with numerous convenience store outlets and food service providers.

alder6Four smaller companies are combined within the framework of the Alder companies. Together, we are 110 employees operating 60 tractor-trailers and 12 wholesale straight trucks. The greatest assets of the Alder Companies are our empowered, dedicated employees who accept and enjoy the responsibilities and challenges of a “job well done.” We base our operations at four locations in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

Alder Companies: At a Glance

  • 110 Employees work in 4 locations
  • Strong Code of Conduct
    • Focus on Customer Service and Satisfaction
    • Delivery schedules based on customer needs
    • Required uniforms; appearance standards
    • Drug & alcohol testing requirements
  •  Driver Safety Programalder5
    • Lengthy training process of new drivers; all CDL qualified before hire
    • Quarterly educational programs
    • Driver/Manager Safety board
    • Annual Safety Award Program since 1951
    • Annual monetary awards for safe driving and injury-free
    • Milestone awards for 5 year increments
    • Team awards for complete driver group success
    • Annual Driver Appreciation recognition
  • Fleet:    Entire fleet linked by “PeopleNet” communication system
    •  60 Tractors
    • 101 Refrigerated Trailers
    • 12 Straight trucks
    • 5 Special delivery Vans
  •  DOT highest safety rating of “satisfactory” since ICC authority granted in 1983
  •  Third Generation Family Business
  •  Awards Received:
    • Partners in Distribution – Dean Foods Company
    • Premier Carrier Award – NT Logistics
  •  Complete Benefit Package for all full time employees
    • Health & Dental Insurance
    • Life & Disability Insurance
    • Section 125 “cafeteria” program
    • Defined benefit/contribution pension plans
    • Optional AFLAC programs


By The Numbers

4,322,000 – Miles driven by the Alder Companies in the past year

124,800 – Orders delivered from the 4 locations of the Alder Companies each year

21,400 – Number of loads needed to deliver 124,800 ordersalder3

12.9 – Average years longevity of current Alder employees

1,354 – Total years worked for Alder companies by current employees

90 – Number of years since the first Alder Company, Urbandale Dairy, began serving Walworth County, Wisconsin

alder297.6% – Eligible drivers who won safe driver/injury-free awards in 2010

.59 – Number of recordable accidents per one million miles over the last five years.

100% – Store delivery drivers who wear uniforms and adhere to a strict code of conduct and appearance