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Fabiano Bros. wraps Bay County expansion, begins renovations in Saginaw

Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:04 PM | Anonymous

http://www.mlive.com/business/mid‐ michigan/index.ssf/2012/02/fabiano_bros_wraps_bay_city_ex.html Fabiano Bros. wraps Bay County expansion, begins renovations in Saginaw   Thursday, February 02, 2012 By Kathryn Lynch‐Morin | klynchmo@mlive.com [Video is included in the link.] MONITOR TWP. — James C. Fabiano II is always looking for opportunities. As a partner‐owner of the company his great‐grandfather started as a cantina in Italy in 1885, Fabiano is a key piece in the ever‐expanding beer and wine distribution empire. As a kid, he'd go with his dad, James Fabiano Sr., on weekend keg deliveries. Now, he oversees hundreds of workers in more than 20 counties across the state. And, he's not done yet. "We built in room for growth," Fabiano said. "In our business, you either get bigger or you get out." A 100,000‐square‐foot expansion was recently completed at Fabiano Bros. Monitor Township headquarters, bringing the space to a grand total of nearly 300,000 square feet. The expansion project included the addition of another storage room, a larger recycling center and additional receiving and shipping doors. About 70 percent of the expansion is used for case storage and 30 percent for the recycling and sorting center, as Fabiano gets back 100 percent of the bottles, cans and kegs it sells. Upgrades are under way at Fabiano's wine warehouse in Saginaw, where crews are putting in new lighting, a new roof and a new heating system. In 2009, Fabiano Bros. moved its headquarters from Mount Pleasant to the same Monitor Township location at Mackinaw Road off US‐10, and still operates distribution centers in Petoskey and Saginaw. Fabiano purchased Flint‐based Tom Ryan Distributing Co. in December 2010, increasing the company’s volume by 60 percent to 9 million cases per year. The company's reach now covers 18 counties including Bay, Midland, Isabella, and Saginaw, as well as Beaver and Mackinac Islands. A  voice‐activated system is used to store and distribute the millions of cases of beer that go through the facility each year, and distributors from across the country even visit Fabiano's headquarters when they're planning facility upgrades.   "We're about as high tech as you can get," Fabiano said. "People are modeling their sites after ours." About 350 people are employed at this site, and as many as 400 or more people can be employed there during the busy summer months, Fabiano said. Workers in one area of the building are busy printing table tents for customers — Fabiano does all of its printing in‐house — and in another area, a sales team is discussing Seagram's. The company also employs 75 to 100 delivery drivers, a large sales force, a group of full‐time mechanics who service the Fabiano fleet and a team of training experts who teach the art of the perfect pour and in which glass you serve a stout.   "We're rocking and rolling," Fabiano said.


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