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  • Saturday, August 07, 2010 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 or 269-388-8553.

  • Thursday, August 05, 2010 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    $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 member (Administrator)

    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: To view the Clydesdales, go to: 

  • Thursday, March 25, 2010 5:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    March 31, 2010 Powers Distributing Company For Immediate Release 3700 Giddings Road Orion, MI 48359 Contact: Lisa Powers (248) 393-3700 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:

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2010 4:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Family owned beer distributor pays for its employees to eat in downtown Detroit DETROIT – Great Lakes Beverage, a family owned Anheuser-Busch beer distributor, is pitching in with a program to help Detroit restaurants during the recession: It’s encouraging its employees to eat out in downtown Detroit – and it’s picking up the tab. Inaugurated last year, the “Dining in the D” program was such a hit with its employees the last time around that Great Lakes Beverage is bringing it back for 2010. “For our employees, ‘Dining in the D’ was a great opportunity to show our support for the local businesses that have been our friends and neighbors for more than seven decades,” GLB President and Owner Howard Wolpin said. “We know the economy will continue to be tough for many Detroit bars and restaurants. We known Detroit is one of the best restaurant towns in the nation and we want to keep supporting our hometown and the hardworking folks who make Detroit one of the best places to get a meal. One entree at a time, Great Lakes Beverage and our employees want to chip in to help the local economy and protect jobs.” All through the month of January, Wolpin is paying for an entrée every time one of his employees eats in any restaurant in Detroit under the “Dining in the D” program. “Restaurants are among the hardest hit in a tough economy, and that’s why it’s crucial for our company to continue supporting programs that can help local businesses,” Wolpin said. “Many restaurants are family businesses that provide a living for countless people, and we want to help them get 2010 off to a good start. Every little thing helps, and that’s why I invite all businesses in Detroit to pitch in and work together so we can, as a community, survive the recession.” Wolpin is the third generation of the family to own and operate the company, which is located on 1600 Modern Street, at Six Mile and Dequindre. Today, the company employs more than 90 people in good-paying jobs in the metro Detroit area and features a truck fleet of 42 vehicles. The company also has a significant impact on the local economy, generating around $5 million in economic activity each year. A frequent sponsor of community events, Great Lakes Beverage spends more than $130,000 in charitable and community giving, and sponsors the Downtown Hoedown, the Detroit Jazzfesst, the Ferndale Bluesfest and designated drivers programs for the Detroit Lions and Tigers, among others. Now in its 76th year, Great Lakes Beverage is committed to providing quality and service, and creating local jobs. In addition to a commitment to energy efficiency, the company is also an environmental leader and recycles nearly 1 million cans and 1.4 million glass bottles every year. 
  • Thursday, January 14, 2010 4:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    January 3, 2010 Don't mess with beer tax Raising Michigan's highest-in-the-region beer tax is a terrible idea because it will further disadvantage local businesses, including distributors, bars and brewers. On top of our high beer tax, Michigan consumers must pay for our bottle deposit, squeezing them further and hurting sales for Michigan businesses, especially those near Indiana and Ohio. I've worked in border areas and seen stores close, jobs vanish and communities suffer. Michigan has mercifully held the beer tax at the current rate because responsible policymakers and opinion leaders recognize that raising it will devastate local economies even more. It is not, as Rich Robinson (Viewpoint, Dec. 17) unfairly and irresponsibly claims, because of distributors' open and transparent engagement in the political process. For Robinson to spin wild conspiracy theories or assign secret motives where none exist is unfair to Michigan's familyowned beer distributors and the 5,100 hardworking men and women we employ. Steve Anderson president, Anderson Distributing Jackson 

  • Tuesday, December 22, 2009 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Local distributor’s campaign encourages responsibility ORION TOWNSHIP – Powers Distributing Co. has launched a TV blitz to remind adults to be safe this holiday season and designate a driver at all times. Powers has produced three television commercials urging people to designate a driver when going out to holiday events, and is airing those commercials on cable as a public service announcement throughout the holiday season. “These commercials are just a small way for us to remind folks that the simple act of designating a driver can help keep our roads a little safer for all motorists during the holiday,” Powers President Rob Powers said. “Since 1939, our family company has been dedicated to safety and responsibility. Through these ads, we hope we can raise public awareness about staying safe during the holidays. Designating a person as a driver for the evening is one critical step we should all take to avert tragedy and make sure everyone can enjoy the holidays safely.” The three segments all feature a common theme: This holiday season, please designate a person who will refrain from drinking alcohol so he or she can bring people home safely. In one ad, brothers Rob and Jerry Powers stand in a room decorated for Christmas: “There’s nothing like having friends and family over for the holidays – but you need to be a responsible host,” Rob Powers says in the ad. “If you’re serving alcoholic beverages, remember to have a plan to get everyone home safely,” Jerry Powers says. In another ad, Rob and Jerry Powers stand with dozens of their employees, telling viewers: “Don’t drink and drive!” In a third ad, a fictional character, John, gets praise for driving his friends home. The three ads were sponsored by Powers Distributing and Heineken and can be viewed at or on YouTube at Established in 1939, Powers Distributing was one of the first Miller Brewing products distributors in Michigan. Today, Powers delivers more than 100 quality Michigan and international beverage products to 2,600-plus retailers and customers in Oakland and Macomb counties. Powers also employs more than 210 people in a range of good-paying skilled jobs, with benefits, making it one of Oakland County’s leading job providers. Powers spearheads many local programs geared toward fighting underage drinking and drunken driving, from sponsoring motivational speakers who address high school students, to launching multi-media campaigns and going into communities to promote responsible alcohol use. 2 Powers Distributing has been recognized as a national leader in sustainability and conservation. Earlier this year, Powers made history as the first national distributor to roll out an entire fleet of hybrid electric-biofuel delivery trucks and tractors, which will slash Powers’ diesel use. For its efforts, Powers won the 2009 Michigan Clean Transportation award for its investments in biofuelhybrids trucks and tractors, as part of its commitment to reducing the nation’s dependence on imported oil, supporting homegrown renewable fuels and creating U.S. jobs


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