Pike distributes beer, wine, and other beverages through a system of regulations that emphasizedrink responsibly
accountability, consumer safety, and choice. We have been a locally owned beer and wine wholesaler for three generations.
Pike serves nearly 400 retailers and customers in Marquette, Luce, Alger, Schoolcraft, Chippewa, Mackinac and Delta counties.

About Us

Mission Statement

"To achieve long term growth and profitability for our company and our employees we must work together as a team to achieve our volume goals through training, skill improvements, communication, and a partnership with our customers. Remaining successful requires continuous improvements." -Stan Ketvirtis

Our History

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Mervin James Pike was born September 25, 1913 in Sault St. Marie, Michigan and graduated from Newberry High School in 1933.  He was married to Lois Kingsberry July 23, 1940. They had 6 children: James, Kenneth, Mervin Jay, Alan, Robert and David.

Mervin started selling beer and became a distributor in 1937 with a beer made in Sault St. Marie called Soo Brew which is only 60 miles from Newberry. In 1938 they gained distribution rights for Schmidt’s and Phieffers Beer.  Merv started with one pickup with a steak rack on it and bought a large truck a couple of years later to deliver the beer. Mervin would go to Detroit to get a load of beer and peddle the whole load of beer until it was all delivered then he would return back to Detroit for another load and continue on with this process. In July of 1950, Mervin hired Stan Ketvirtis after he graduated from Northern Michigan University. Mervin died July 26, 1953.

His wife, Lois, designated that Stan Ketvirtis would be the manager after the accident which was already decided by Mervin before the accident as he related this to his wife Lois. The date was June 26, 1953 when this occurred. Stan continued to run and build the business.

Joe Ketvirtis worked in the Newberry warehouse loading trucks and helping on routes in the summers of 1967 and 1968.  After graduation from high school he moved to Manistique and worked on the delivery routes in the summer time. In the fall of 1970, he moved to Marquette to attend NMU, worked loading trucks at night and delivered on Saturdays. He also worked summer vacation routes during his four years at NMU. Joe Ketvirtis graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1974 with a Bachelor's degree concentrated in Business. After graduation, he went to work full- time for Pike learning all aspects of the business. 

Stan and Lois became partners in Pike Distributors. They became a corporation on June 27, 1974.
Pike Distributors Incorporated adopted a profit sharing plan on December 8, 1975. Joe Ketvirtis bought stock on June 12, 1979. Pike Distributors then changed from Sub Chapter S Corporation to a Real Corporation on March 27, 1980.  Joe Ketvirtis was elected to the Board of Directors on August 26, 1987.  Then Pike Distributors purchased Miller Beverage Company of Escanaba in the fall of 1987 and finalized in early 1988.  Miller Beverage Company was an Anheauser-Busch wholesaler.

By 1990, Lois decided to sell her shares of the business to Stan Ketvirtis. Stan paid Lois off by the end of 1992. Skip Brockman purchased stock and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1990. 
To consolidate the company the Sault St. Marie warehouse was sold to Marchetti Distributing on January 30, 1998. Pike also closed the Manistique and Munising warehouses on June 1, 1998. 

Jack Ketvirtis, Stanley’s grandson, started employment in 1999 part-time in the summer working within the warehouse, crushing cans, sweeping floors, and preloading orders. When he turned 18 and was able to get his commercial drivers license he began running his own driving route in the summer during college.  In the summer of 2006 he did an internship at the Escanaba operation where he went through many A.B. training classes and learned the presell routes along with the mobility selling system. Jack graduated in the fall of 2007 from Northern Michgian University with a Bachelor's degree concentrated in Marketing. Jack is a third generation graduate from NMU and in the business and he is also a partner in the business with his father Joe.

Service Area

Pike Distributors Service Area


Company Timeline

1937 - Business started by Mervin J. Pike
7/1/1950 - Stanley Ketvirtis begins employment
5/1/1955 - Mervin & Stanley become business partners
1/20/1974 - Stanley J Ketvirtis II (Joe) begins full time employment
6/27/1974 - Date of Incorporation
12/8/1975 - Company adopts employee profit sharing retirement plan
6/12/1979 - Joe Ketvirtis buys stock
3/27/1980 - Company changes from sub-chapter S to a real corporation
8/26/1987 - Joe Ketvirtis elected to Board of Directors
1987/1988 - Pike Distributors, Inc. purchases Miller Beverage Company of Escanaba in the fall of 1987 and finalized in early 1988.
1/30/1998 - To consolidate warehouse Pike sells Sault Ste. Marie warehouse to Marchetti Distributors
6/1/1998 - Manistique and Munising warehouses close and consolidate into Gladstone
7/5/1999 - Jack Ketvirtis, Stanley’s grandson, starts employment
8/24/2008 - Stan passes away
9/24/2010 - Jack Ketvirtis begins purchasing stock
May 2011 - Main office relocates to Marquette


Community Involvement

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is our home and Pike believes in supporting the community. We are proud of our involvement and sponsorship of the following organizations and events:

550 Snowmobile Club

Bark River Off Road Races

Bay Cliff Health Camp

Curtis Music Festival

Dead River Derby

Delta County Rod and Gun Club

Duck Races

Escanaba Elks

Gladstone Men's Softball

Gladstone Women's Softball

Grand Marais Music & Arts Festival

Harbor Fest

Krusin' Klassics Fun Run

Marquette Area Blues Festival

Marquette Bike Jam

Marquette Blueberry Festival

Marquette Old Timers Hockey Tournament

Marquette Royales Junior Hockey

National Wild Turkey Federation

Negaunee Old Timers Hockey Tournament

Neguanee Hockey League

Newberry Elks

Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic

U.P. Whitetails Association

U.P. State Fair

West Branch Sportsman Club

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Locations

We have warehouses in 3 different cities, with Marquette as our headquarters, that serve 7 Upper Peninsula counties.

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News

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Trucking

Pike also has a trucking and transportation division. Please contact us to see if our fleet of semi-trailer trucks can satisfy your transportation needs.

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Contact Us

Our headquarters:
353 US 41 East
Negaunee, MI 49866 
 
Phone: (906) 475-9936

To submit questions,concerns, or to contact a specific location visit our Contact Us page.