When: Thursday, February 7, 2013 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: Smith Memorial Cascade Room 236
What: Bob Moore of Bob's Red Mill
Before you get to know about Bob's business, you need to meet the man behind it — Bob Moore. You'll recognize his friendly face on the products and if you ever tour the mill or visit the Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Store and Visitor's Center you might even get to meet the man himself. For over four decades, Bob has been committed to providing people everywhere with the best quality foods available.
His passion for health and belief in taking care of one another is as strong today as it was when he first started the business with his wife, Charlee, all those years ago. Bob plays a fundamental role in the daily operations of the business and his enthusiasm and 'honest-to-goodness' approach are shared with every of one his employees. It's this passion for providing the very best nutritional whole grains that has helped make them a leading name in health foods across the country.
Bob's journey began serendipitously in the mid '60s after coming across a book about old stone-grinding flour mills. His enthusiasm was immediate and he decided to find usable stone mills, which were becoming rarer due to the domination of high-speed steel roller mills. His persistence paid off. Equipped with several sets of millstones from an old North Carolina water-powered flour mill, Bob and his wife, Charlee, began their first mill in Redding, California.
After a few years, they decided to pursue others interests and retired to Oregon City, Oregon in 1978. On an afternoon walk, Bob came across an old mill that, as luck would have it, had a big sign out front reading “for sale”. In just a few short months, he was able to source a beautiful old mill that could stone grind flours and cereals for local customers. Word quickly spread and Bob's Oregon City based mill enjoyed much success until 1988 when a fire destroyed the building.
Never one to back away from a challenge, Bob knew he owed it to his family of employees and loyal customers to build the business again from scratch. Rising to the challenge, he spent many years growing the business to where they are today. The current site located in Milwaukie, Oregon is a 320,000 square foot facility covering some seventeen acres and produces thousands of products each day, all made with the same good old-fashioned techniques their customers have come to love and trust since their beginning.
Bob's 81st birthday was particularly special. Rather than receiving gifts, he decided to give his greatest gift away — his business. Bob surprised all his employees by giving them total ownership of Bob's Red Mill through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) which takes place in stages and ends with 100% ownership. For those who know Bob, it's yet another example of his kind-hearted generosity. As Bob puts it "It was just the right thing to do. I have people that have worked with me for over 30 years and each and every one of them deserve this."
You can rest assured that every Bob's Red Mill employee is committed to sourcing, milling, testing, packaging, labeling and selling the finest products available. After all, it is their business.
To watch Bob's Interview with Diane Sawyer Click Here.
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