Hill & Markes, located in Amsterdam, N.Y., is a wholesale distributor of janitorial, industrial packaging, food service and office supplies. The company was founded in 1909 as an ice-cream vendor. Its products include coffee, tea, bottled water, cleaning chemicals, popcorn, cookies, ice cream, ice melt, matting, batteries, light bulbs, scrubbers, vacuum accessories, trash cans, skin care products, writing instruments, bubble wrap and cellophane bags. The company was awarded the Kimberly-Clark New England Merchant of the Year in 2001 and 2002 and the Capital District Business Review Best Private Sector Employer for August 2002. It distributes its products online and through its Amsterdam-based store. The Hill & Markes store is open to the public and offers a wide selection of party supplies, food service products, paper goods, candy and cleaning supplies.