Imperial Beverage, which distributes beer and wine throughout Michigan and employs 190 people in the state, is headquartered in Kalamazoo. Joe Cekola, President and Owner, leads the team at Imperial, insisting on quality products, exceptional service and the most educated workforce in the industry. A family company, Imperial was first operated by Joe’s father, Joseph A. Cekola, and transitioned to the younger Joe in 1994.
With three children in Kalamazoo, all of whom attended Western Michigan University, and community involvement at the core of his business philosophy, Joe’s roots in Southwest Michigan run deep. Further underscoring his appreciation for the area and Joe’s commitment to the business climate, Imperial Beverage recently reinvested in the Kalamazoo community through the acquisition of a 600,000 square foot facility, intended to house Imperial’s growth through 2020 and beyond.