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Maple City Ice expanding warehouse in Norwalk.

Scott Seitz2 • Dec 27, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Due to the introduction of many new Anheuser-Busch InBev brands and packages and the acquisition of a new line of Yuengling beers, Maple City Ice Company is adding a 13,500-square-foot addition to its Norwalk warehouse, bringing its total beer storage space to more than 100,000 square feet.

Maple City Ice now distributes more than 100 American and imported beer brands.

Maple City Ice was incorporated by three Hipp brothers and other investors in 1917 and is still operated by the third and fourth generations of the Hipp Family.

It began as an ice manufacturing plant and entered the beer distribution business in 1934 after the repeal of Prohibition. Maple City Ice has grown from selling 50,000 cases of beer in 1934 to more than 5.5 million cases this year.

Maple City Ice is the fourth largest Anheuser-Busch InBev beer distributor in the state of Ohio, covering all or part of 10 Ohio counties, with warehouse operations in Norwalk, Elyria and Mansfield and employs 95 people.

The federal and state excise tax on beer is $1.73 per case.

"This tax generates a large amount of revenue for the federal and state coffers, so every time you buy a case of beer, you are generating tax revenue and helping the economy. Beer is a drink of moderation, so please drink and host responsibly during this holiday season, and if you're out drinking, use a designated driver," said John Hipp, Maple City Ice vice president.

Maple City Ice also operates a real estate company, "Maple City Builders," which developed the Executive Estates, Whitefield and Wood Ridge Subdivisions and the Avery Commerce Park.

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