The new owners of what had been McDonald Beverage have strong ties to Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., the St. Louis-based brewer whose products are distributed by the company.
Now known as Classic Eagle Distributing, the company is owned by Byron Duncan, a lifelong resident of Johnson County.
David Duncan, Byron Duncan's son, spent 16 years in various sales capacities at Anheuser-Busch. He is sales manager at Classic Eagle. And Kirk Lambright, administrative manager, has held various positions at Anheuser-Busch over the past 11 years, most recently serving as associate general counsel.
Lambright is the son of Stephen K. Lambright, vice president and group executive at Anheuser-Busch. David Duncan and Kirk Lambright are cousins.
The changes in ownership and management result from the sale of the business by McDonald Beverage, which distributed Budweiser in and around Lawrence since 1933. Classic Eagle said the transfer of ownership took place Dec. 22.
"We look forward to becoming active members of the Lawrence community," Byron Duncan said in a news release. "All area retailers who carry Anheuser-Busch products have experienced no disruption in service with the change."
Classic Eagle said it retained all McDonald Beverage employees who wanted to remain with the company and that it plans to service all accounts previously served by McDonald Beverage.
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