History of Benton County, Iowa
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1910; Luther B. Hill, Ed.
THE IOWA CANNING COMPANY is the largest corporate
enterprise of Benton county and is likewise the largest corn-canning
business in the world. Several well known business men of the county
have organized and developed this business, the present officials of
the company being: C. C. Griffin, president; W. C. Ellis, vice
president; George Knox, treasurer; Frank G. Ray, secretary; the other
directors being: J. E. Marietta, M. W. Jones and A. H. Ellis.
The business was established in 1892 with W. C. Ellis and Frank G. Bay,
respectively, president and vice president, while H. B. Kelley was
secretary. At first it was called the Kelley Canning Company, but about
1895 there was a re-organization, and since then the officers have
remained about the same and the name has been the Iowa Canning Company.
Soon after the re-organization the company bought the LaPorte City and
Garrison canning plants. Later they erected a plant at Shellsburg, and
thus had four plants under one management, their business being
exclusively the canning of corn. The highest output of the business in
a year has been ten million cans, and the average is about eight
million. The company owns and operates for its purposes a thousand
acres in the vicinity of Vinton, and each of the plants affords a
market for produce and labor. During the packing season the Vinton and
LaPorte City plants employ as many as two hundred and fifty persons,
the other two plants being smaller. The business is thoroughly
organized, the equipment of the plants comprises the most modern
machinery and methods.
The original capital of the company was $20,000. This has been
increased to $200,000, and a surplus of over $100,000 indicates how
successfully the business has been conducted.
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