Los Angeles County
WILL E. KELLER
KELLER, WILL E., President Globe
Grain and Milling Company,
He first embarked in the
wholesale grain business, and expanded it to such an extent that in 1898 he
organized a manufacturing company and built a large mill plant.† This was followed by another plant, erected
It was about this time that Mr. Keller became interested in ice manufacturing, and in this line also he was concerned in the erection of several big plants, among them one at El Paso, in 1909; another at Fresno, California, in 1910, and a third at Bakersfield, California, in 1911.
The combined capacity of the flour mills is 4200 barrels per day of flour and 500 tons of feed.† The daily output of the ice plants combined is 336 tons, and they have a total storage capacity of 20,000 tons.† Mr. Keller bears the honor of having constructed the first fire-proof flour mills in the West.†
These various ice and flour enterprises are owned and operated by separate companies, all organized by Mr. Keller, and in all of which he is the controlling factor, both as to management and policy.† Each is a success by itself and they are not in any way interdependent.† Through them many hundred persons are given work and they form a series of the greatest industrial operations in the western country.† The companies and Mr. Kellerís connection in each are as follows: Globe Grain and Milling Company, Los Angeles and San Francisco, President; Colton Grain and Milling Company, President; San Diego Grain and Milling Company, President; Woodland Grain and Milling Company, President; El Paso Grain and Milling Company, President; California and Oregon Grain and Elevator Company, President; Globe Ice and Cold Storage Company, El Paso, President; Valley Ice Company, Fresno and Bakersfield, President.
Despite the arduous duties which
fall upon him as head of these numerous and active concerns, Mr. Keller has
other interests which claim part of his time, and to all he gives the best that
is in him, as organizer, executive or planner.†
He is a director and stockholder in the Merchantsí National Bank, one of
the largest in
From this list it is apparent
that Mr. Keller is one of the busiest business men in the
Transcribed by Bill Simpkins.
Source: Press Reference Library, Western Edition Notables of the West, Vol. I,† Page 796, International News Service, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta.† 1913.
© 2011 Bill Simpkins.