Thursday, January 22, 2015
TRAVERSE CITY — Cases of Budweiser tower in the chilly warehouse at H. Cox & Son, a brick wall of red boxes.
They overlook a green steeple of 16-ounce Rolling Rock cans, orange pillars of Shock Top and a sea of Bud Light.
The cases fill H. Cox & Son's warehouse on Sawyer Road in Grawn, where they are carefully lowered by forklifts and shipped to bars, restaurants and stores in northwest Michigan.
Every Anheuser-Busch product sold in a 60-mile radius of the warehouse comes through the H.Cox & Son facility, as do a number of wines, sodas and craft beers.
"When people think of H. Cox & Son, they might think Anheuser-Busch, but we have such a big portfolio," said Ryan Ribel, vice president of the company. "We're also local. We've been part of this community since 1933."
The company's 100,000-square-foot warehouse harkens back nearly a century to when co-owners Ryan and Mark Ribel's great-great grandfather started the business on Eighth Street in Traverse City.
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