Veteran Rhett Roeth has built a successful company from the basement up. Back in 1999, Rhett Roeth walked into the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Surplus With a Purpose (SWAP) store looking for a business to buy, any business. Roeth already knew how he was going to make money with his new venture; he was quick to recognize the power of online auction sites on the Internet and, it being 1999, he didn’t have too much competition. The only problem was, Roeth had no idea what he was going to sell. He was at the mercy of whatever Madison’s SWAP store had in stock. SWAP, as it turned out, had surplus glass for sale that day. “And the rest, as they say, is history,” Roeth said.
So began Discount Vials, a Madison-based distributor of glass packaging. Roeth has guided his startup from selling a few glass vials from his basement to now owning his own warehouses with a client list and five employees. Roeth served in United States Navy from 1975-1981, and Discount Vials is... Read More