Roberston Corporation

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Roberston Corporation

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1881-

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1881 Company Established in Brownstown, IN; R. M. Robertson born-son of founder; Burr/Stone Ground Wheat Flour and Corn Meal
1890 Steel Roller Mills; Refined White Flour
1900 Wheat Bran first sold as feed; White Frost flour; White Fawn flour
1919 Death of Charles Andrew Robertson, surviving founder
1920 First "formula feed" mixed-"Emco Pig Meal"
1925 Pioneer High Patent Flour, Degerminated Pearl Meal
1931 "Self-Rising Flour"
1932 "Hoosier" (Depression Clear) Family Flour
1933 Dick Robertson sold Riggles Stores, Mitchell, IN, 2,000 barrels (196-200 lbs) of White Frost Family Flour doe $2.50 a barrel. That was the largest flour sale Robertson ever made. Wheat was about $.30 a bushel at the time
1936 Pioneer Breakfast Cereal
1938 Purchased Lemon Mill in Bedford, IN; Development of first special "glue-extender" flour-forerunner of Glu-X, now used by plywood furniture industries. First sold to Hoosier Panel Company.
1939 Started buying soybeans
1940 Purchased Ginger Feed and Elevator Company, Jeffersonville, IN; First "Enriched Flour" in Indiana-"Kitchen King"
1941 "Robin Hood" and Bakery Fours distributed at Jeffersonville, IN; "Special" Cookie and Cracker Flours
1942 Fire destroyed most of Ewing Mill
1943 Rebuilt Corn Meal Mill at Ewing
1945 Acquired farmer's Hominy Mill in Seymour, IN
1946 Pioneer Hi-Ratio Cake Flour
1947 Exporting Government specification relief flour again
1948 Balanced Dog Food Produced-"Triple-R"
1949 Discontinued corn meal production; Emco Feed sold in "Dress Bags"-same material to make dresses
1950 Cob Mill at Ewing
1951 Development of industrial cob processing
1952 Early trials with rye and sorghum milling-unsatisfactory
1957 Glu-X Registered at United States Patent Office
1960 Early computerized feed formula
1963 Glu-X shipped to first Southern Pine Plywood-GP at Fordyce, AR
1965 Rebuilt Ewing Mill (including Cob Mill) as GLU-X Mill
1966 Robertson's "Triple-R" Livestock and Dog Feeds Regulation United States Patent Office
1970 Development of Sepro-X (soy energy protein extrusion process)
1971 Research project with Kansas State University regarding new cereal starches
1972 Death of R. M. Robertson
1973 100th Anniversary of Roller Mills in the United States
1979 Robertson publishes "State of the Art" paper regarding extenders and fillers
1980 Robertson donates antique mill machinery to the Smithsonian Institute; Utilization of computerized near infra red reflectance methods for extender research, analytical evaluation and quality control
1981 C. R. Robertson died: Jerry O. Robertson named Director of The Robertson Corporation; Centennial: Struck coin; Published commemorative Planner
1983 Invented and filed patent for Pan-X Composition Board Extender
1984 Initiated Computerized mail marketing of exotic Bird and Fish Feeds
1985 Marketed both Glu-X Extender and Lignocelluslosic Filler to Panel Industry and published paper for Forest Products Research Society regarding the roles of these products in coming years
1986 Seymour remodeled for bulk-to-bag packing; Made large shipments of Glu-X to Brazil; Made Patent Office Appointment for Glu-X West Trademark; First continuing bulk Glu-X tanker shipments; Acquired Associate Mill in Plainville, IN; Remodeled Brownstown wheat elevator; Fire completely destroyed Bedford Mill; Bedford Marketing Office established at 1714 L Street.
1987 Established RII Production Facilities in Washington State; Marketing Glu-X West in Northwest by RII
1988 Spray-X Registered United States Patent Office; continued international promotion
1991 Jill Robertson, 5th generation from founder appointed as first woman to serve on corporation board
1992 Established total quality and statistical process control systems
1993 Moved Bedford office to new marketing office at 1032 W. Spring Street in Brownstown, IN
1994 Transferred Seymour Mill property through charitable sale to city of Seymour and contribution to Jackson County Community Foundation
1995 Continued research on soy derivatives, tannins & other adhesive additives; Significant Spray-X and Glu-X production started in RMI Building
1996 Significant Extender-Additive research initiated with objective of producing Soy-Modified Glu-X for improving benefits in wood panel adhesive technology; Trademarks filed in United States Patent Office for Soy-Ply and Soy-Fill
1997 R.S. Robertson, Chairman died. R. R. (oldest son, Phil) elected President and second son, John "Butch" appointed to the Board of Directors; Joe E. Robertson (3rd generation from founder) appointed Chairman Dr. Joe Robertson Jr. and Jerry O. Robertson reappointed as outside directors; Sherrell Perry-Assistant Secretary/Treasurer is first female and non-family officer of the corporation
1998 Phil Robertson retired; John Robertson elected President; Doug Nuss employed as Vice President-second non-family officer of the corporation
1998 1999-Practical evaluations and trials of Ag-Fiber Panel Boards containing Wheatboard Filler and/or Soy-Fill Flakes as enhancing additives or furnishes
2000 The New Millineum-Glu-X and Spray-X established as standards of excellence in Extender; Soy-Fill and Wheatboard created and developed by Robertson R&D (Research and Development) for future use in the composition fiber panel industry

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