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Coors Brewing Co., Golden, Colo., took over U.S. distribution rights for Molson, after Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, ended its ties with the Canadian brewer. The brewers are forming a joint venture, expected to close by the end of the year, that will import, market, sell and distribute Molson's brands in the U.S. Coors will pay Molson about $65 million, and it will have a 49.9% stake in the joint venture. The effect on Molson U.S. agency Square One is uncertain since that Dallas shop also handles Hispanic advertising for Miller Lite.

Auto supplier Visteon Corp., Dearborn, Mich., to Duffey Petrosky & Co., Southfield, from Y&R Advertising, Detroit, as its agency of record. Visteon spent $1 million in measured media, mostly print, in the first half of 2000, according to Competitive Media Reporting. Separately at Y&R's Detroit office, Laurie Null was named president, from managing director of the Detroit office of Young & Rubicam's Impiric. She succeeds Mike Webster, who's leaving the agency after arriving in May 1999 from what is now InterOne Marketing Group, Troy.

Copyright October 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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