Food
The Brawley sugar plant in Imperial County processes beets grown in the region into sugar. Imperial County is the largest producer of sugar beets in California, and this is the largest plant in the county. The Holly Sugar company built the plant in 1947. In 1988 Holly was bought by Imperial Sugar....
The C&H (California and Hawaii) plant next to the Carquinez bridge was once the world's largest sugar cane refinery. It opened in 1906, and still processes cane harvested and crushed in Hawaii, as well as that from Australia, the Philippines, and Nicaragua. Six million pounds of sugar are...
ConAgra Foods is one of the largest food products, agriculture and feed companies in the world, and is headquartered in Omaha. It is the nations leading restaurant food supplier, and the second largest grocery store supplier. The company employs 80,000 people worldwide, and has a few dozen consumer...
The source for one of the most popular brands of bottled water in Southern California is this Crystal Geyser bottling plant adjacent to Owens Lake, a 100 square-mile lake that dried up after the construction of the first Los Angeles aqueduct. Crystal Geyser trucks drive the bottled water to...
The world's largest Frito factory, Frito Lay's Kern Plant provides the Los Angeles area with potato chips, pretzels, and corn chips. Around 130 million pounds of product are produced here annually, and the plant employs over 500 people. Suitably located in an industrial agriculture and oil...
This storage silo in Hutchinson, Kansas, is more than half a mile long, and among the most massive structures in the nation. Often referred to as grain elevators, these buildings are composed of parallel rows of connected vertical storage bins, in this case nearly 250 of them, filled from the top...
What has been called the largest McDonalds in the World spans an interstate highway in Oklahoma known as the Will Rogers Turnpike. The first restaurant to operate inside the building was the Glass House, an early chain specializing in highway travel plazas. A Howard Johnson’s also operated there...
The stockyards at Omaha closed in 1999, and are now a labarynth of collapsing corrals and pens. In the 1960's this was the largest livestock center in the world, filled with thousands of animals on trading days, and surrounded by meatpacking plants. It surpassed the more famous Union Stockyard in...
The $100 million Pacific Northwest Sugar Plant, east of Moses Lake, was the first sugar beet plant built in the United States in 20 years. In 2002, the 400-employee facility closed after having been operational for only four years, due to high production costs, technical difficulties, and...
Ivorydale was once the most historically significant Procter and Gamble production site - as well as one of the largest - until its sale in 2003, to St. Bernard Soap (a unit of Ontario-based Trillium Health Care Products Inc).  The factory complex of 120 buildings on 243 acres, dates back to...
Major egg producers have farms with long sheds, containing thousands of birds, and cold storage sheds for holding the eggs. Rose Acre Farms is one of the largest egg producers in the nation, with 24 million birds, at several large farms. Its facility in Guthrie Center, Iowa may be the largest egg...
One of  the nation's largest slaughterhouses, this beef-packing plant is owned by Tyson Foods. Tyson became the largest beef producer in the USA after it bought International Beef Packers (IBP) in 2001.  In the 1960's IBP began siting its slaughterhouses closer to the source - at cattle...