Flouring Mills Find a Growing and Profitable Demand for "Breakfast Foods."
Excellent Reports from Blair, Beatrice, Fremont and Other Manufacturing Concerns
Nebraska Building to Be Constructed of Nebraska Materials - Home Industry Crew Hopes Others Will Follow
A number of Nebraska milling concerns are finding it profitable to add the manufacture of various kinds of breakfast foods, made from wheat and corn to their regular staple line, and within the last few months the business has shown a steady and a very rapid growth.
A large percentage of the product is shipped out of the state, though, owing to the home industry movement, Nebraskans are discovering that the different that the different preparations put up in Nebraska are fully equal, and in many cases superior to those bearing a New York brand. It is a fact that in the preparation of most of the Nebraska breakfast foods only carefully selected grains are used, and in some
of them only a small part of the grain is used.
Among the leaders in the new line are the Crete Mills, Fullerton Roller Mills, Hastings Milling Company, Birchard, Bridge & Co., Norfolk, and the Omaha Milling Company.
The Blair Horse Collar Company, since it was reorganized a short time ago is proving a record breaker. The company tans its leather by its own process, using bark extract in doing so, and is receiving more orders than it can fill, many of them being from as far east as New York and New Jersey. The company is at present moving into larger quarters to better accomodate its trade.
Another concern which is helping to make times better at Blair is the Maller Proprietary Company, whose trade now extends all over the United States and is constantly growing.
It is making a large line of patent medicines and pushing them. It is now with one exception the largest concern of its kind west of the Mississippi
The Lineold Vinegar Works, which recently added a soap factory to its plant, is now enlarging it in an effort to keep up with the increased business. The company is making several brands of laundry soap.
The Dempster Mill Manufacturing Company of Beatrice is now making grain drills on its own account. Last year it manufactured a line of the same drills under contract with the King Press Drill Company. Owing to the increased
acreage in the state of fall wheat, and also the increased use of drills in putting in other crops, the manufacture of grain drills is increasing rapidly.
The Fremont Saddlery Company has been working a double force, or day and night, for sometime and still is behind on orders. Its business has been increasing right along, and with excellent prospects of continuing to do so.
Secretary Holmes of the Manufacturers and Consumers' Association says that one of the things the association is congratulating itself upon just now is the Nebraska building being erected at Fifteenth and Farnam Streets.
The interest of the association in it dates from a reading of Architect Kimball's specifications, which call for material of home manufacture in every particular possible. One of the points the home industry crew has been working on for some time is to have buildings built of home grown material, instead of sending away for brick, iron and other things which can be duplicated here for the same or less money.
The Nebraska building is to be Nebraska in fact as well as in name and the association hopes that the owners and architects of the several other large buildings which will be erected in Omaha this year will see to it that they, too, are home made.
J. H. Gayhart has been appointed manager of the Omaha Shot and Lead Works.
Business in the lead pipe line has shown a decided improvement recently, and it is the purpose to push the business both in that and the shot line.
Mr. Gayhart retains his position with the Woodman Linseed Oil Company.
The Omaha Paper Box Company has added the manufacture of cigar boxes to its business, and reports trade in them growing and very satisfactory.
The Omaha Smelter received twenty six cars of ore last week through the custom house.
Omaha World Herald - May 2, 1897