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  • Friday, December 10, 2010 3:49 PM | Anonymous

     News Release 3000 North Stiles Road     Scottville, MI 49454 Contact: Thomas A. Hawley, Director of College Relations Phone: 231/843-5541 E-mail: tahawley@westshore.edu Web Site: www.westshore.edu Date: November 1, 2010 Re: Budde Reed to Receive Campus Impact Award in Washington, D.C. SCOTTVILLE - Milan S. (Budde) Reed II has been selected to receive the 2010 Council for Resource Development (CRD) Campus Impact Award. This annual national award recognizes the voluntary effort of an individual who has made a significant and positive impact on a community college and the students it serves. Reed is being recognized for his leadership during the West Shore Community College Foundation’s major gifts campaign and will receive the award at a ceremony on November 5, during the 44th Annual CRD Conference in Washington, D.C. “I’m humbled to receive such a prestigious award, but it is the reputation of West Shore Community College that has made this honor possible,” said Reed. Reed attended Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City in 1970, and then WSCC graduating in 1971 with an associate degree. He went on to receive a bachelor’s of science degree from Grand Valley State University. In addition to serving on the college’s Foundation board, Reed, who owns the Ludington Beverage Company, is a third generation Budweiser distributor and has been involved in many community projects and groups including the West Shore Ice Arena committee, the Ludington Area Foundation, the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, and served as chair of the State of Michigan Waterways Commission. He is also a former Jaycee and decorated Viet Nam veteran. “Budde has played a key role in the success of the college’s fund raising and we nominated him for his superb leadership throughout the campaign. He spoke to many potential donors and, as an alumnus, always spoke from the heart about how the college has changed his life. We are grateful for his lifetime of service to the college,” said Charles T. Dillon, president of the college. CRD is a member-driven organization and is an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges with over 1600 members at more than 700 institutions. The membership includes development officers, grant writers, foundation directors, alumni officers, college presidents, administrators, faculty, and staff. ###

  • Tuesday, November 23, 2010 3:53 PM | Anonymous

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association and the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers, Inc., today announced that their organizations are urging their members to expeditiously remove caffeinated alcohol beverages (CABs), such as Four Loko and Joose, from retailers’ shelves. Federal and state agencies have taken tough steps to remove the beverages. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission was one of the first states to take action when it banned 55 specific brands of CABs on Nov. 4. Last week, the federal Food and Drug Administration called the beverages unsafe and gave the drinks’ makers 15 days to change their recipes or face a ban. Shortly after the FDA action, the Department of Treasury’s Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau said shipments of the CABs are illegal. And the Federal Trade Commission warned CAB makers that they may be violating federal law. “In light of the state and federal decisions, Michigan’s family owned beer and wine distributors have started removing caffeinated alcohol beverages and will speed up the process in coming days,” MBWWA President Mike Lashbrook said. “Michigan distributors applaud the Michigan Liquor Control Commission for its leadership on this issue and we want to do our part to make sure we act without delay. With Michigan’s effective system of alcohol regulations and territorial integrity, distributors can quickly identify all products within their areas of distribution and get them out of the marketplace quickly and efficiently.” “Food stores and retailers have deep roots in our neighborhoods and we want to do our part to support the communities we serve,” AFPD President Auday Arabo said. “Our member stores are ready to cooperate with Michigan distributors to identify the affected products and get them off the shelves. We join Michigan distributors in urging all local businesses where these products are sold to join us in this important effort.” The boards of the MBWWA and the AFPD officially adopted resolutions on Friday urging their members to remove caffeinated alcohol beverages from the market. MBWWA represents around 65 family owned beer and wine distributors across the state. The AFPD represents nearly 4,000 retailers in Michigan and Ohio, including independent supermarkets, grocery stores and service stations. 

  • Tuesday, August 31, 2010 4:57 PM | Anonymous

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  • Saturday, August 07, 2010 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Published: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 11:00 AM Fritz Klug | Kalamazoo Gazette BATTLE CREEK — Anheuser-Busch is making a donation to relieve the thirst of volunteers cleaning the Kalamazoo River oil spill. On Friday night, Battle Creek distributor Atlas Sales was scheduled to receive 23,500 cans of drinking water to distribute to workers. The water comes in 12-ounce aluminum cans and was shipped from Cartersville, Ga. Greg Dunn, Atlas Sales president, said his company made the request from the corporate Anheuser-Busch office because of the importance of the Kalamazoo River. “We know what the river means to people,” Dunn said. “It’s important for people to support (the volunteers).” Dunn hopes this donation will spur others to assist volunteers. Hundreds of workers have helped with the clean up since the spill was first reported on July 26. Since 1988, the brewer of Budweiser, Bud Light and Michelob beers has donated more than 69 million cans of water following disasters. Contact Fritz Klug at fklug@kalamazoogazette.com or 269-388-8553.

  • Thursday, August 05, 2010 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 Contact: Bud Dunn, Atlas Sales Inc., Battle Creek Phone number: 269-968-9758 Battle Creek Business to Distribute Free Drinking Water to Oil Spill Volunteers, Clean-Up Crew Atlas Sales Inc. to deliver around 24,000 cans of water BATTLE CREEK – Atlas Sales Inc., a family owned beer and wine distributor that serves an area including Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties, will distribute more than 24,000 cans of drinking water to the volunteers and clean-up crew working at the site of the massive Kalamazoo River oil spill. Atlas expects to distribute the drinking water by this weekend. “Atlas Sales has served this community for generations, we consider it part of our family and we want to do everything we can to help clean up the oil spill that has devastated the Kalamazoo River and the wildlife and plant life in the area,” Atlas President Greg Dunn said today. “The Kalamazoo River defines who we are in this community. Many businesses depend on a healthy Kalamazoo River to attract everything from tourists and anglers to families looking to spend a day canoeing on the river. It is one of the great rivers of the Midwest that we want to protect today and for generations to come. Atlas Sales is proud of the community and the many volunteers who stepped forward in this crisis and we are ready to do what we can to help.” Atlas Sales is working with the Anheuser-Busch emergency drinking water program to bring around 1,000 cases – or around 24,000 cans – of drinking water to Atlas’ location in Battle Creek. The water is expected to arrive Friday. Atlas will then deliver the water to a centralized location near the spill site to be distributed to volunteers and clean-up crewmembers. More than a million gallons of oil spilled from a pipeline near Marshall, contaminating an 80- mile stretch of the Kalamazoo River from Marshall and Battle Creek all the way to Galesburg just east of Kalamazoo. The oil spill is considered the worst oil disaster in the Midwest. About Atlas Sales Inc. Atlas Sales, Inc. has been in operation as a family owned beverage distribution company since 1933, serving the Battle Creek and surrounding areas. The company was founded by Theron (Pick) Fagan after the repeal of prohibition in 1933. Atlas Sales was one of the first companies organized to distribute beer and wine when prohibition ended in Michigan. During the past seven decades, the company has been located in five different warehouses that were ever larger and more modern. After Fagan’s death in 1983, Fagan’s wife Frankie Fagan took over. She then passed the business down to her son, Greg Dunn. In addition to providing quality beverages and services, Atlas today is a major employer in the Battle Creek area and is actively involved in numerous community charities, events, programs and other humanitarian causes. Atlas is especially active in statewide efforts to fight illegal underage drinking and reduce drunken driving, working in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, community advocates and education leaders. ### 

  • Tuesday, June 08, 2010 5:03 PM | Anonymous

    Local family owned beer distributor brings in new sponsors to help festival YPSILANTI – When O&W Inc. first supported the beloved Ann Arbor Summer Festival 27 years ago, Michael Jackson’s song “Beat It” hit #1 on the Billboard music chart, gas was $.81 a gallon, and the world got its first introduction to the mobile phone. “Some things don’t change at O&W: One, I will always have my beard and two, O&W will always support our community by supporting events like the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, which brings so many people together to enjoy some good, family fun,” said O&W President Jim Wanty, who has grown a beard since he graduated high school.   O&W Inc., a fourth generation beer distributor since 1933, is excited to continue its support  of the 2010 Ann Arbor Summer Festival that runs from June 18 – July 11.  And this year, O&W has stepped up its sponsorship with supplier partners to support the After Dark Series. This year O&W is the Rock Series Sponsor. “O&W is proud to support the Ann Arbor Summer Festival because it helps make our community vibrant and a destination for people from all over the region, which is exactly what we need in today’s economy,” said Morgeson, Wanty’s daughter and the fifth generation of the family to work at the family owned beer distributor. “Our family business has been a partner with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival since I was nine, and we’re very proud to continue being a part of this popular community tradition.” “This year, we asked our supplier partners to join our efforts in sponsoring the festival.  Miller and Sierra Nevada have joined us in the Series Sponsorship, and we were able to get Heineken and Mike’s Hard Lemonade to sponsor the After Dark Series on Friday and Saturday nights.  We hope that people will come out this year to support the festival and the companies that help make it happen,” Wanty said. Morgeson and festival director, Amy Nesbit, were also instrumental in launching a new program at the festival in 2009, after they realized that the festival did not have a comprehensive bottle return program. After overwhelming participation from the festival staff and help from the O&W team, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival was able to return over 30,000 bottles and cans to be recycled that year. At this year’s festival, O&W will also host a tent party for employees and their families.  Go to www.annarborsummerfestival.org to learn more about this year’s festival. An active member of the Ann Arbor‐Ypsilanti community, O&W currently employs around 100 people in good‐paying jobs with benefits, and generates about $47 million in sales.  Each year, O&W pays more than $1.5 million in taxes to the State of Michigan.  The company also donates over $50,000 annually to local charities and events.  O&W is recognized as an industry leader by its suppliers, winning MillerCoors “Distributor of the Year” award in 2006 and the “High Life Achievement Award” in 2009 and 2008, in its volume class.  O&W celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008 and currently employs its 5th generation of the Wanty family.

  • Monday, June 07, 2010 5:05 PM | Anonymous

    The following guest commentary was written by Steve Arbaugh, president, Bayside Beverage Company For more than 70 years, Michigan has enjoyed a safe, efficient and working system for regulating how beer goes from a brewer to a distributor to the consumer. As a system of regulation, it emphasizes consumer safety through effective tracking and accountability. It also provides a model for how food and other beverages such as wine should be distributed to consumers statewide.   This recent Memorial Day, we got a real‐world look at how Michigan’s beer regulations can help keep potentially harmful products from consumers. On Friday, May 28th at around 5 p.m., Labatt learned that several cases of six‐pack bottles of Labatt Blue Light sent to Michigan might have been contaminated with some glass and instituted a voluntary recall. Labatt immediately informed our company, Bayside Beverage Corporation, the designated Labatt distributor serving Northern Lower Michigan, about recalling the affected beer.   Within hours, Bayside identified 86 affected cases that had been shipped into retail, when they were shipped to Michigan, when they left our distributorship and what stores received them. Seventeen Bayside employees were notified of the immediate need to respond and gave up their precious time with family and friends on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. We contacted the affected stores in Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego counties. In many cases, Bayside management, salespeople, delivery drivers and merchandisers drove to stores to personally inspect their inventories and removed any suspect packages. We worked round the clock with our retail partners, who rolled up their sleeves and gave us their full cooperation on one of the busiest weekends of the year and they deserve a huge amount of gratitude for their efforts.     By Memorial Day, May 31, we had recalled all but a few of the cases. We worked non‐stop to get to those remaining cases of beer. In the meantime, Labatt aggressively communicated with the news media about the voluntary recall, telling consumers to be on the lookout for the affected beer, coded E10 and to call 800‐268‐BEER with questions or concerns.       One key reason Michigan’s beer distribution system could respond quickly to the possible contamination was because each distributor distributes specific brands to a single specific territory. This streamlines the distribution process and promotes accountability and efficiency. Michigan beer distributors like Bayside are responsible for keeping track of all the beer that comes to our warehouse from the brewer, and what stores it goes to after it leaves on our delivery vehicles. Our workers are trained to make sure we maintain this ironclad chain of custody. We are proud of this responsibility because it helps protect consumers.     Beer distribution’s one‐distributor‐per‐brand‐per‐territory model helped track a contaminated product within 72 hours. In 2009, a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter began in a contaminated peanut factory in 2006. A nationwide outbreak of e.coli‐contaminated lettuce that sickened dozens of people, including in Michigan, stumped investigators for months before a source was identified.       Regulations like those used for beer distribution could have protected people during outbreaks, and possibly even saved lives.       Michigan’s beer distribution regulations work. Tight regulations and territorial integrity helped us respond quickly, efficiently and responsibly in a recall. By emphasizing accountability and safety, Michigan’s beer distribution system provides a model that other food and beverage producers could emulate.

  • Friday, June 04, 2010 5:13 PM | Anonymous


    $175,000 fundraising goal met to open two additional Grand Rapids pools By Jim Harger | The Grand Rapids Press June 04, 2010 GRAND RAPIDS – Three city swimming pools will be filled and operating this summer, thanks in part to a successful fundraising drive by the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Steve Faber, the group's director, said a series of large donations put them over the top of their $175,000 fundraising goal Friday. "We're calling it closed, we hit our marks," said Faber, whose group started the 10-day campaign after city officials announced they could not justify opening the city's six outdoor pools in the face of the ongoing budget crisis. The $182,227.50 raised will be used to open swimming pools at Briggs Park and Martin Luther King Park (pictured above). The Richmond Park pool also will open thanks to a $100,000 pledge from businessman Bob Sullivan. Faber noted 85 percent of the campaign's individual donations were for less than $100. Large donations from Amway Corp., the Wege Foundation, the Dan and Pamella DeVos Foundation, the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation and Crystal Flash Energy put them over the top, Faber said Friday. Other large donors included the Klopcic Family Foundation, Sidney J. Jansma, Jr., Tim Sullivan of B&B Beer Distributors, the Secchia Family Foundation and Mercantile Bank of Michigan. City Parks and Recreation Director Jay Steffen said the pools are likely to open on July 5 and operate on a six-day-a-week schedule for seven weeks. 

  • Friday, May 21, 2010 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    Ribbon cutting starts Fabiano Bros. weekend of facility tours, Budweiser Clydesdales By Michael Wayland | The Bay City Times May 21, 2010 Amanda Loman | The Bay City Times James Fabiano Sr., right, president and chief executive officer stands with son James C. Fabiano II, a partner-owner of the firm. Along with Joseph R. Fabiano II, the three are celebrating the 125 year of Fabiano Brothers. MONITOR TWP — Dreary weather didn't stop more than 200 people from attending an exclusive ribbon cutting ceremony today at Fabiano Bros. Inc. The ceremony marked the family-owned company's 125th anniversary and the completion of its $16 million-plus beer distribution center and headquarters, 1885 Bevanda Court off Mackinaw Road near US-10, in Monitor Township. “It's just great to have everyone here,” said James Fabiano Sr., president and chief executive officer the company. “To bring all the family together ... It's just a fun day.” Fabiano's family and two Budweiser Clydesdale horses surrounded Fabiano as he cut a ceremonial ribbon, in-front of the main entrance to Fabiano Bros. “It's the start of a great weekend for us as a family, a company and a community,” said James C. Fabiano II, one of James Fabiano Sr.’s sons and a partner-owner of the company. Fabiano Bros. will host its retailers on Saturday and on from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the public is invited to the company's facility to see 10 Budweiser Clydesdale horses; King, the Dalmatian from many Budweiser commercials; and tour parts of the facility. “They are going to see all kinds of neat things,” said James C. Fabiano II, about Sunday's festivities. James Fabiano Sr.’s grandfather, Gennaro Fabiano, started the company in Italy in 1885 by selling fruit, vegetables and homemade wine. Today, the company is the second largest Anheuser-Busch Co. distributor in Michigan, according to James C. Fabiano II. Local officials, including State Rep. Jeff Mayes, D-Bay City; Bay County Board of Commissioners Chairman Brian Elder; Bay City Commission President Christopher Shannon, 1st Ward; Bay City Mayor Charles Brunner; and Sen. Jim Barcia, D-Bay City, were present for the event. “The Fabiano family has had a major impact in Michigan,” Barcia said. “We're so privileged and happy that the Fabiano family would invest their company in the Great Lakes Bay Region.” To view a slideshow of Fabiano Bros. 125th anniversary celebrations, go to: http://photos.mlive.com/baycitytimes/2010/05/fabiano_brothers_125th_anniver_10.html To view the Clydesdales, go to: http://photos.mlive.com/baycitytimes/2010/05/budweiser_clydesdale_horseszip_4.html 


  • Thursday, March 25, 2010 5:17 PM | Anonymous

    March 31, 2010 Powers Distributing Company For Immediate Release 3700 Giddings Road Orion, MI 48359 Contact: Lisa Powers (248) 393-3700 lpowers@powersdistributing.com Oakland County’s Powers Distributing Wins Top MillerCoors National Award Family owned company honored for strong sales, contributing to local economy ORION TWP. – Local beer distributor Powers Distributing Co. has won the MillerCoors President’s Award, the highest award MillerCoors gives out to a distributor and the second time in two years Powers has received a major MillerCoors award. This year’s President’s Award honors the top 5 percent of MillerCoors distributors nationwide. A third-generation family owned beer distributor, Powers Distributing sells more than 5 million cases of beer to retailers, restaurants, bars and other businesses in Oakland and Macomb counties every year and employs more than 200 people in the region. “Powers Distributing Co. is honored to win the MillerCoors President’s Award, which is a testament to the tremendous hard work of our employees and our strong partnership with our customers and local businesses in Oakland and Macomb counties,” said Powers President Jerry Powers. “The President’s Award inspires all of us at Powers Distributing Co. to continue providing first-rate service, distributing quality products, promoting responsible enjoyment of beer and giving back to our community. For 70 years, Powers has made that commitment to our community, and we look forward to continuing our promise to local consumers and businesses.” Powers himself was recognized in 2009 as a MillerCoors Legend. Last year, Powers received the Miller High Life Achievement Award, only one of 46 nationwide to be recognized with the award for Miller distributors that exceeded sales goals for the preceding year. Powers is also a leader in conservation and sustainability as the largest private company in the nation to have a cutting edge hybrid truck and tractor fleet powered by electricity and renewable bio-based fuels. “Powers Distributing is proud to help our local economy move forward, creating jobs and giving back to the communities that have been very good to us over the generations,” Powers said. “In these tough economic times, Powers is redoubling our efforts to ensure that we do everything in our power to support our community and help the economy, from providing good-paying jobs with benefits and training, to working together with all local businesses to succeed. We want to make sure Michigan stays strong well into the future, by creating jobs and protecting our natural resources for future generations to enjoy.” To learn more about Powers: www.powersdistributing.com

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