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BEACON & BRIDGE MARKET

Michigan Pride

Beacon & Bridge Market serves its communities and state by selling products from
local suppliers. BY TIM O'CONNOR
Beacon & Bridge Market prides itself on offering
products from Michigan-based companies and
its role in helping those suppliers grow.

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n a state known as the center of the auto industry, where American-made is a way of life
for millions of blue collar workers, Beacon &
Bridge Market replicates that homegrown
pride on an even more local scale. The chain of convenience store gas stations purchases products from
Michigan suppliers and manufactures whenever
possible, keeping its spending in-state and helping
fellow Michigan businesses grow.
"We pride ourselves on being a Michigan company," Vice President Scott Nelson says. "We're
trying to carry as many Michigan-made products
as possible."
Beacon & Bridge's preference for working with

other Michigan companies has led to long-term relationships with suppliers such as Little Town Jerky
Co., which began in the mid-1980s as the in-store
jerky brand at Ebels General Store in Falmouth,
Mich. Beacon & Bridge was its first c-store customer. "They work with us hand-in-hand and make
all our fresh jerky for us," Pricing and Procurement
Manager JT Tully says.
With Beacon & Bridge as a loyal customer, Little
Town Jerky was able to quantify its jerky business
and support its growth. The brand can now be found
in other Michigan stores. Other Michigan-based
brands that can be found in Beacon & Bridge markets include Faygo soft drinks, Better Made potato
November/December 2017

Scott Nelson,
vice president
www.beaconandbridge.com
Flint, Mich.

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