Goodman Vending's Bill Buckholz Dies After 70-Year Vending Career

Posted On: 4/20/2018

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 Bill Buckholz
READING, PA -- Bill Buckholz, a vending pioneer and long-time industry leader, died here on April 18. He was 87.

Buckholz got his start in vending as a teenager when he was hired as the first route driver for Goodman Vending, a company established here in 1948. In 1965, he bought the company from founder Erv Goodman when the latter retired.

An active member of both the National Automatic Merchandising Association and the Pennsylvania Automatic Merchandising Council (now the Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Council), Buckholz always was an eloquent spokesman for the vending industry. He played a leading role in the campaign to mint a circulating dollar coin – and to ensure that it was compatible with standard coin mechanisms. He was honored by NAMA for this achievement.

Buckholz also was an enthusiastic publicist for the industry, initiating "Hug a Vending Machine Week," among many other fun activities. This campaign was recommended by NAMA as a public relations tool for operators around the country. He retired from the chairmanship of Goodman Vending a year ago, where he is succeeded by his son Tony.

A visitation is planned for 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, Apr. 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 108 S. Robeson St., Robesonia, PA, immediately followed by a funeral service at noon. It will be followed by a reception at the home of Tony Buckholz in Sinking Spring, PA.