Started in 1915 by L. D. McCarley
following is a brief history of the Auburn Roller Mills. Robbins
Bros., proprietors, Auburn.
mill was built by L. D. McCarley in 1915, to process flower, meal
and feeds. In July 1924, G. B. Robbins came into the business as a
partner to form what was known as McCarley & Robbins. On Mar8, 1925,
H. C. Robbins bought the interest of Mr. McCarley to form the
present firm of the Auburn Roller Mills.
the years that followed the firm found that more grain storage was
needed. Their first elevator was built in 1934 with a capacity of
approximately 35,000 bushels.
Business a few years later justified the building of a larger flour
unit, which was completed in 1938. Also at this time some
improvement was made in the corn meal mill. More capacity was added
with new and more modern equipment being added to help the firm
process a better product.
flour mill equipment was run until 1947 when the company converted
this unit into a second meal mill and at such time went into full
production of white corn meal, feeds, and a greatly expanded grain
time was added another elevator with two ear corn shellers to give
the company a shelling capacity of approximately 500 bushels per
hour and the new corn meal unit raised corn meal capacity to 100
bushels of flour.
Kenneth Robbins came into the firm as a partner and became active in
the firm in 1956 after a tour in the army.
after the death of H. C. Robbins, a partner in the firm since 1925,
the ownership and management was taken up by the remaining two
firm has for the past several years paid out to the people of this
area approximately $400,000 per year for new materials.
company is presently engaged in the construction of more storage and
facilities to handle shelled corn. They are adding approximately
60,000 bushels storage capacity as well as installing cleaning
equipment and a large grain dryer. This complete installation is
designed to handle shelled corn coming to the mill directly from the
of Auburn Roller Mills credit the progress that they have had to
their friends and customers over the past 25 years. It has always
been their aim to build a product that would justify the confidence
place on them by the buying public. They also feel that their
business has been greatly helped by the efficient and loyal people
in their employ. They have constantly been a source of strength and
have in a great measure made the business go forward.