Owner Jeff Oaks was not available Oct. 10 for comment, according to a person who answered the company's toll-free phone line.
As of the afternoon of Oct. 10, the Gentile Bros. website was not operating. A report in the Cincinnati Business Courier said there was no clear reason for the closure. The Business Courier reported a person answering the phone at Gentile confirmed that Oct. 11 would be the company’s final day of operations.
Joseph Gentile started the company in 1881. In recent decades the company has been a repacker and distributor handling domestic and imported fruits and vegetables.
Oaks, who was vice president of sales at Gentile Bros. from July 1997 through May 2004, incorporated JAO Distributors Inc. in late February 2012, according to Ohio Secretary of State records. He bought Gentile Bros. in mid-April 2012.
After his departure from Gentile in 2004, Oaks was a group sales manager for another Cincinnati company, Total Quality Logistics. Early in his career, Oaks was a senior produce buyer for Alliant Foodservice.