King Pharr Canning Company Operated Here Historical

King Pharr Canning Company Operated Here Historical (HM1WO7)

Location: Cullman, AL 35055 Cullman County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 10.898', W 86° 50.658'

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1946~1976

In 1946, the McPhillips family brought King Pharr Canning Company, a major vegetable canning operation to Cullman. Led by chairman Julian B. McPhillips of Mobile, and his two sons Julian L. McPhillips and W. Warren McPhillips (returning from Navy service in the Pacific) the local plant
became Cullman's biggest employer, ultimately employing up to 400 people locally, many hundreds more indirectly in harvesting crops, and over 1000 employees in all its plants.
King Pharr Canning Company was headquartered at this location. It canned and shipped thirty three vegetables nationally, including peas, green beans, Irish potatoes, okra, tomatoes, pimentos, sweet potatoes, and blackberries. At its peak in 1959, King Pharr had over 2000 individual growers on contract, and produced 30,000,000 cans annually. King Pharr's impact on the local economy was enormous. It also had plants in Selma, Uniontown, Georgia and Louisiana. The business closed in 1976.
Photo above, 1-r (early 1950's), Warren McPhillips Lilybel & Julian B. McPhillips and Julian L. McPhillips.

Approved by Mayor Max Townson and Cullman City Council, 2014
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HM NumberHM1WO7
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Year Placed2014
Placed ByThe McPhillips family
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Date Added Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees34.18163333, -86.84430000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 10.898', W 86° 50.658'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 10' 53.88" N, 86° 50' 39.48" W
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Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 429-529 2nd Ave NE, Cullman AL 35055, US
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