History

Ludington Beverage first warehouse

Ludington Beverage’s first warehouse

Shortly after prohibition (1933) Andrew and Grace Hengstler started the Ludington Beverage Company, located in the small community of Ludington along the shores of Lake Michigan.  After Andrew passed away in 1937, Leo C. Reed and Vera Reed purchased the business and started their journey in the beer industry.  Twelve short years later in 1949, Milan (Bud) and Dorothy Reed joined the company and worked side by side for forty-two years.  During these years Bud and Dorothy made many wonderful contributions to Ludington Beverage, Anheuser-Bush and the local communities that they lived in and served.  In 1971 the company grew to a size that required moving locations and building a new warehouse still located in Ludington.  The beer business has continued to expand and grow. Over the past 20 years, Ludington Beverage has gone through seven more expansions resulting in their current facility.  During this time of transition and change in the industry, the third generation of Reed’s, Milan (Budde) Reed II, began his career at Ludington Beverage in 1973 working alongside his parents.  Much like his mom and dad, Budde has been and continues to be a leader in all aspects of the business, the industry, and the communities that we serve.   Thirty-Nine years later Willie Reed is now the fourth generation of Reed’s to join the company after spending 10 years working with PepsiCo on the Frito-Lay business.  We are very proud and honored to be a multi-generational, family owned and operated business with highly dedicated and exceptional employees servicing the Western Michigan area!

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