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  • Friday, April 21, 2017 4:30 PM | Deleted user

    Earl Smith Distributing Company has invested in a LEED certified warehouse and energy efficient lighting

    PORT HURON, Mich. Earl Smith Distributing Company is celebrating Earth Day by renewing its commitment to protecting Michigan’s air, land and Great Lakes.

    “We’re proud to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint while serving our customers across Michigan’s Thumb,” said Justin Smith, vice president at Earl Smith Distributing Company. “We pride ourselves on using innovative, cutting-edge technology like a voice picking system to streamline our day-to-day operations and save time, energy and trees.”

    The Port Huron-based beer distributor, which serves retailers in St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, and Huron counties, has repurposed its warehouse in recent years to meet LEED standards, installed energy efficient lighting and transitioned to a streamlined voice picking system to fill orders.

    The voice picking system utilized by Earl Smith Distributing Company allows warehouse employees tasked with collecting the thousands of cases of beer delivered to retailers each day to do so without a cumbersome clipboard and printed orders. Instead, employees use an iPod or iPad, handheld scanner and earbuds. The system allows employees to operate more efficiently and eliminates the mounds of paper that would be printed off each day under the previous system.

    “Focusing on energy efficiency saves businesses money while also protecting our air, land and Great Lakes,” said Smith. “We lead by example through our energy efficiency initiatives and are continually seeking ways to increase efficiencies and reduce energy use.”

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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:47 PM | Deleted user

    Twenty two Semis and trucks are making a 20-hour drive to Kansas to deliver grain, hay, fencing and other supplies

    WEST BRANCH, Mich. – Early Friday morning, nearly 50 people aboard 22 semis and pick-up trucks set out from West Branch on a 20-hour drive to Ashland, Kansas, to deliver hay, grain, fencing, sawdust and woodchips to ranchers who have lost hundreds of thousands of acres to recent wildfires. The convoy is scheduled to arrive in Ashland Saturday.

    “Ranches in Ashland are among the hardest hit by these wildfires, which have burned 400,000 acres in Clark County alone,” said Jock Kartes, a convoy organizer. ”We are going to personally deliver the supplies generously donated by farmers and businesses across Ogemaw County to three ranches in Ashland.”

    One of the businesses supporting the cause is Griffin Beverage, a locally owned, independent beer distributor headquartered in West Branch. The distributor provided a truck, hay and printed the signs that are affixed to the back of each semi and pick-up truck which reads, in part, “Ogemaw Wildfire Relief Convoy, from our Farm to Yours.”

    “We’re proud to be one of a number of businesses in Ogemaw County to donate our time, expertise and materials for such a worthy cause,” said Bob Griffin, president of Griffin Beverage. ”It’s heartwarming to see the entire county rally together to help these ranchers in their time of need.”

    “When Jock and I first came up with the idea to head to Kansas to help these ranchers, it was just going to be the two of us,” said Roy Smith, also a convoy organizer. “But word traveled quickly and before we knew it farmers and businesses across Ogemaw County were offering to donate materials, trucks, time and fuel. Next thing we know, we have a 22-truck convoy heading to Kansas.”

    In all, over 650,000 acres of prairie grass were scorched across Kansas, making it the largest wildfire in the state’s history.

    “We want to thank the farmers and businesses in Ogemaw County who rallied together to make these generous donations for such a noble cause,” said Kartes.

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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:46 PM | Deleted user

    Calhoun County beer distributor is proud to play a role in craft beer’s continued success story

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. Atlas Sales, Inc., which distributes dozens of beer brands to retailers in Calhoun County, applauded craft brewers for their continued growth in Michigan and beyond. The Brewers Association recently released data showing craft brewers, as defined by the association, increased production by six percent over the last year and now represent 12.3 percent of the beer market.

    “As an independent and locally owned distributor, we pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with small businesses, like craft brewers, helping them grow and succeed,” said Bud Dunn, vice president of Atlas Sales Inc. “Michigan’s craft brewers are creating innovative, style-bending beers and we’re thrilled to help get their products in the hands of beer lovers throughout Michigan.”

    The number of breweries operating in the United States is at an all-time high. In Michigan, the state boasts over 200 breweries and brewpubs, which makes Michigan the fifth largest beer producer in the country.

    “The further a beer travels from where it is brewed, the harder it can be for that brewery to tell its story, which is where we come in,” said Dunn. “We help tell that story through our committed sales representatives, drivers and special events team.”

    In 2016, the number of breweries in the U.S. grew to 5,301 breweries, including: 3,132 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs, 186 regional craft breweries and 67 large brewers.

    “Our state’s beer industry is poised to keep growing and launch even more breweries and brewpubs through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field,” said Dunn.

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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:46 PM | Deleted user

    Thumb area beer distributor is proud to play a role in craft beer’s continued success story

    PORT HURON, Mich. Earl Smith Distributing Co., which distributes beers from 15 brewers to four counties across Michigan, applauded craft brewers for their continued growth in Michigan and beyond. The Brewers Association recently released data showing craft brewers, as defined by the association, increased production by six percent over the last year and now represent 12.3 percent of the beer market.

    “As an independent and family owned distributor, we pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with small businesses, like craft brewers, helping them grow and succeed,” said Justin Smith, vice president of Earl Smith Distributing. “Michigan’s craft brewers are creating innovative, style-bending beers and we’re thrilled to help get their products in the hands of beer lovers throughout Michigan.”

    The number of breweries operating in the United States is at an all-time high. In Michigan, the state boasts over 200 breweries and brewpubs, which makes Michigan the fifth largest beer producer in the country.

    “The further a beer travels from where it is brewed, the harder it can be for that brewery to tell its story, which is where we come in,” said Smith. “We help tell that story through our committed sales representatives, drivers and special events team.”

    In 2016, the number of breweries in the U.S. grew to 5,301 breweries, including: 3,132 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs, 186 regional craft breweries and 67 large brewers.

    “Our state’s beer industry is poised to keep growing and launch even more breweries and brewpubs through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field,” said Smith.

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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:45 PM | Deleted user

    Upper Peninsula beer distributor is proud to play a role in craft beer’s continued success story

    IRONWOOD, Mich. Pisani Company Inc., which distributes more than 15 craft brands to five counties across Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula, applauded craft brewers for their continued growth in Michigan and beyond. The Brewers Association recently released data showing craft brewers, as defined by the association, increased production by six percent over the last year and now represent 12.3 percent of the beer market.

    “As an independent third generation, family owned distributor, we pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with small businesses, like craft brewers, helping them grow and succeed,” said Dale Pisani, vice president at Pisani Company Inc. “Michigan’s craft brewers are creating innovative, style-bending beers and we’re thrilled to help get their products in the hands of beer lovers throughout Michigan.”

    The number of breweries operating in the United States is at an all-time high. In Michigan, the state boasts over 200 breweries and brewpubs, which makes Michigan the fifth largest beer producer in the country.

    “The further a beer travels from where it is brewed, the harder it can be for that brewery to tell its story, which is where we come in,” said Pisani. “We help tell that story through our committed sales representatives, drivers and special events team.”

    In 2016, the number of breweries in the U.S. grew to 5,301 breweries, including: 3,132 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs, 186 regional craft breweries and 67 large brewers.

    “Our state’s beer industry is poised to keep growing and launch even more breweries and brewpubs through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field,” said Pisani.

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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:44 PM | Deleted user

    Upper Peninsula beer distributor is proud to play a role in craft beer’s continued success story

    HOUGHTON, Mich. Pisani Company Inc., which distributes more than 15 craft brands to five counties across Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula, applauded craft brewers for their continued growth in Michigan and beyond. The Brewers Association recently released data showing craft brewers, as defined by the association, increased production by six percent over the last year and now represent 12.3 percent of the beer market.

    “As an independent third generation, family owned distributor, we pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with small businesses, like craft brewers, helping them grow and succeed,” said Dale Pisani, vice president at Pisani Company Inc. “Michigan’s craft brewers are creating innovative, style-bending beers and we’re thrilled to help get their products in the hands of beer lovers throughout Michigan.”

    The number of breweries operating in the United States is at an all-time high. In Michigan, the state boasts over 200 breweries and brewpubs, which makes Michigan the fifth largest beer producer in the country.

    “The further a beer travels from where it is brewed, the harder it can be for that brewery to tell its story, which is where we come in,” said Pisani. “We help tell that story through our committed sales representatives, drivers and special events team.”

    In 2016, the number of breweries in the U.S. grew to 5,301 breweries, including: 3,132 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs, 186 regional craft breweries and 67 large brewers.

    “Our state’s beer industry is poised to keep growing and launch even more breweries and brewpubs through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field,” said Pisani.

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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:44 PM | Deleted user

    Southwest Michigan beer distributor is proud to play a role in craft beer’s continued success story

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. Paw Paw Beverage Distributors, which distributes Bell’s, Paw Paw Brewing, Dark Horse, New Holland, Dragonmead and other craft brands throughout southwest Michigan, applauded craft brewers for their continued growth in Michigan and beyond. The Brewers Association recently released data showing craft brewers, as defined by the association, increased production by six percent over the last year and now represent 12.3 percent of the beer market.

    “As an independent and locally owned distributor, we pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with small businesses, like craft brewers, helping them grow and succeed,” said Todd McDonald, beer brands manager at Paw Paw Beverage Distributors. “Michigan’s craft brewers are creating innovative, style-bending beers and we’re thrilled to help get their products in the hands of beer lovers throughout Michigan.”

    The number of breweries operating in the United States is at an all-time high. In Michigan, the state boasts over 200 breweries and brewpubs, which makes Michigan the fifth largest beer producer in the country.

    “The further a beer travels from where it is brewed, the harder it can be for that brewery to tell its story, which is where we come in,” said McDonald. “We help tell that story through our committed sales representatives, drivers and special events team.”

    In 2016, the number of breweries in the U.S. grew to 5,301 breweries, including: 3,132 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs, 186 regional craft breweries and 67 large brewers.

    “Our state’s beer industry is poised to keep growing and launch even more breweries and brewpubs through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field,” said McDonald.

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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:43 PM | Deleted user

    Central U.P. beer distributor is proud to play a role in craft beer’s continued success story

    NEGAUNEE, Mich. Pike Distributors Inc., which distributes a number of craft brands across the central and eastern Upper Peninsula, applauded craft brewers for their continued growth in Michigan and beyond. The Brewers Association recently released data showing craft brewers, as defined by the association, increased production by six percent over the last year and now represent 12.3 percent of the beer market.

    “As an independent and locally owned distributor, we pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with small businesses, like craft brewers, helping them grow and succeed,” said Jack Ketvirtis, vice president of Pike Distributors Inc. “Michigan’s craft brewers are creating innovative, style-bending beers and we’re thrilled to help get their products in the hands of beer lovers throughout Michigan.”

    The number of breweries operating in the United States is at an all-time high. In Michigan, the state boasts over 200 breweries and brewpubs, which makes Michigan the fifth largest beer producer in the country.

    “The further a beer travels from where it is brewed, the harder it can be for that brewery to tell its story, which is where we come in,” said Ketvirtis. “We help tell that story through our committed sales representatives, drivers and special events team.”

    In 2016, the number of breweries in the U.S. grew to 5,301 breweries, including: 3,132 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs, 186 regional craft breweries and 67 large brewers.

    “Our state’s beer industry is poised to keep growing and launch even more breweries and brewpubs through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field,” said Ketvirtis.

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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:41 PM | Deleted user

    Northern Michigan, U.P. beer distributor is proud to play a role in craft beer’s continued success story

    PETOSKEY, Mich. Bayside Beverage, which distributes the likes of Petoskey Brewing Company, Beards Brewery and Cheboygan Brewing Company to 26 counties across northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, applauded craft brewers for their continued growth in Michigan and beyond. The Brewers Association recently released data showing craft brewers, as defined by the association, increased production by six percent over the last year and now represent 12.3 percent of the beer market.

    “As an independent beer distributor, we pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with small businesses, like craft brewers, helping them grow and succeed,” said Mark Noll, VP of sales at Bayside Beverage. “Michigan’s craft brewers are creating innovative, style-bending beers and we’re thrilled to help get their products in the hands of beer lovers throughout Michigan.”

    The number of breweries operating in the United States is at an all-time high. In Michigan, the state boasts over 200 breweries and brewpubs, which makes Michigan the fifth largest beer producer in the country.

    “The further a beer travels from where it is brewed, the harder it can be for that brewery to tell its story, which is where we come in,” said Noll. “We help tell that story through our committed sales representatives, drivers and special events team.”

    In 2016, the number of breweries in the U.S. grew to 5,301 breweries, including: 3,132 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs, 186 regional craft breweries and 67 large brewers.

    “Our state’s beer industry is poised to keep growing and launch even more breweries and brewpubs through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field,” said Noll.

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  • Friday, March 31, 2017 4:40 PM | Deleted user

    Central U.P. beer distributor is proud to play a role in craft beer’s continued success story

    NEGAUNEE, Mich. Pike Distributors Inc., which distributes a number of craft brands across the central and eastern Upper Peninsula, applauded craft brewers for their continued growth in Michigan and beyond. The Brewers Association recently released data showing craft brewers, as defined by the association, increased production by six percent over the last year and now represent 12.3 percent of the beer market.

    “As an independent and locally owned distributor, we pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with small businesses, like craft brewers, helping them grow and succeed,” said Jack Ketvirtis, vice president of Pike Distributors Inc. “Michigan’s craft brewers are creating innovative, style-bending beers and we’re thrilled to help get their products in the hands of beer lovers throughout Michigan.”

    The number of breweries operating in the United States is at an all-time high. In Michigan, the state boasts over 200 breweries and brewpubs, which makes Michigan the fifth largest beer producer in the country.

    “The further a beer travels from where it is brewed, the harder it can be for that brewery to tell its story, which is where we come in,” said Ketvirtis. “We help tell that story through our committed sales representatives, drivers and special events team.”

    In 2016, the number of breweries in the U.S. grew to 5,301 breweries, including: 3,132 microbreweries, 1,916 brewpubs, 186 regional craft breweries and 67 large brewers.

    “Our state’s beer industry is poised to keep growing and launch even more breweries and brewpubs through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field,” said Ketvirtis.

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