(From left to right: Andy
Carney, John Weakland, Faber Weakland, Mike Carney)
In June of 1971 Faber C. Weakland purchased
a healthcare cleaning supply franchise known as Airkem Altoona.
With Faber as the only employee selling Airkem products the
business grew and he moved it from his home garage to a closed
barbershop in the East End of Altoona and a part-time bookkeeper
was hired. Shortly after that Faber's brother-in-law, Andrew
T. Carney, was discharged from the U.S. Army and came home to
work on his Master Degree at St. Francis College at night school.
At that time Faber hired Andy, as a sales rep during the day.
The business steadily grew necessitating hiring a second part-time
After receiving his Master's Degree from St. Francis, Andy joined
the company as a partner. Airkem Altoona was changed to Allegheny
Supply. A warehouse and office space was purchased, a delivery
person was hired and a program was set into motion to put the
company ahead of the competition.
In 1978, to help support the supply business, a cleaning maintenance
and snow plow business was started. The company also joined
our industry national organization called The International
Sanitary Supply Association.
In the Fall of 1980, the ISSA published an article about Allegheny
Supply becoming one of the first Jan San Distributors to also
provide commercial ware wash and laundry products that included
routine/emergency service. In Spring of 1989, John Weakland,
Faber's son, graduated from East Carolina University and joined
the Allegheny staff as a sales rep while simultaneously earning
his Master Degree from St. Francis University.
Allegheny Supply was quickly being recognized by other suppliers.
New lines were added including away-from-home paper products.
The company quickly out grew the original facility and moved
to a larger rented space in the old farmer's market building
in downtown Altoona for a period of one year. In the meantime,
another salesperson along with two full-time office workers
was hired. The company soon out grew this facility and a 10,000
sq. ft. building was purchased in Duncansville. The third salesperson
and a second delivery truck were added.
Fifteen years ago the company was successful in obtaining the
PA contract to supply the kitchen sanitation products for all
Commonwealth facilities, which included state hospitals and
prisons. In the spring of 1998 an additional 5,000 sq. ft. was
added to the existing warehouse.
In 2005, after graduation from the University of Pittsburgh,
Michael Carney, Andy's son, joined the staff as a sales rep.
The company has grown to a work force of 29 full-time employees,
three independent outside sales reps and several service people
throughout the Mid-Atlantic States.
Allegheny Supply has grown into a hardworking, family oriented
small business that pays particular attention to provide service
to its loyal customers. The company has invested in a state-of-the-art
computer system consisting of links to our suppliers and web
We would like to thank our hard working and dedicated employees
and our current and future customers because without them our
business would not exist.