When Charles Pillsbury came to Minneapolis in 1869 Minneapolies was a small town. Pillsbury wanted to make his own business that would be big, so he chose flour milling. Pillsbury made a gamble by buying a failing flour mill, Pillsbury knew he was getting himself in a tough business. But in five years his company was flourishing
The land in Minnesota was great for farming, especially for wheat. By the end of the 1800's Minnesota was the leading wheat- producing state. Small, local flour mills provided flour to near by towns.
Flour Industry Essentials
When Minneapolis millers started using machines, the quality of the flour greatly improved. Machines also helped to increase flour production and were necessary to transport the wheat and flour.
The flour milling industry required many different people with a variety of skills to complete the necessary tasks. People with the most skill also had the most dangerous jobs and put their safety at risk.
Rich natural resources, innovative machines and hard working people were essential to making the flour industry a success. These three elements had to work well together to keep the industry moving forward.
By 1880, Pillsbury, his fellow mill owners and their workers had made Minnesota the national leader in flour production. Minnesota was know for producing thee best quality flour in the nation. Pillsbury's hard work paid off!