From the December, 1950 issue of Kentucky Business:

“Tobacco has long been “king” in Mason County, but gradually, over the last two decades, his loyal subjects have been paying increasing homage to their new queen – the dairy cow.

Perhaps the big white carnation milk plant in Maysville is now taken for granted by many local citizens as just a familiar landmark, but, to those who were concerned many years ago with the dangers of the county’s one-crop economy, it means far more.

When thought is given to the fact that a total of $7,000,000 was paid out by this Carnation plant in 1949 through milk and labor payrolls in Mason and surrounding counties, the true worth of the operation to this Ohio River town is understandable.

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In 1928 when tobacco crops were lean and added income was needed, the Carnation Company was surveying various possible new locations as sources of milk supply to meet the expanding world-wide market demand for Carnation Milk.” The company found that ideal location in Maysville.

The company continued operations at the Maysville facility, later as Nestle and Silgan, until 1993 when the factory quit producing the product.

But, even now, people in Maysville, fondly remember the milk in the red-and-white can and the many jobs it created.



Editor and reporter, covering Mason County.

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