National’s Proud History of Innovation and Partnership
National Wine & Spirits, Inc. was founded in Indianapolis as National Liquor Company after Prohibition ended when it was issued Indiana Permit #7. The Company was purchased by Jim LaCrosse and two partners in 1972. By the late 1980s, Jim had led the consolidation of wine and spirits wholesalers in the state from 27 to two, establishing a model that most other states would eventually follow.
National expanded into three additional Midwestern states in the 1990s, bringing excellent customer service and advanced technologies from other industries, such as batch-picking and dual-sortation. In Michigan, National was instrumental in working with state and industry leaders in the creation of the ADA (Authorized Distribution Agent) system.
As the consolidation of wine and spirits suppliers continued across the country, National joined forces with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) as a strategic joint venture partner in Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan. NWS Holdings, LLC was formed as a vehicle for venture and entrepreneurial investments in other industries.
The NWS Team continues to be led by Jim LaCrosse and is writing the next exciting chapter in the Company’s long and successful story.