The Capital City Products Company
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





The Capital City Products Company, successors to the Capital Dairy Company, is one of the oldest and most successful of oleomargarine manufacturers, being in business since 1883. Originally it manufactured and sold but one product, oleomargarine, and gained nation wide distribution on the brands Purity and C. C. Pride.

When the old company was organized in 1883, its plant was located on Spruce Street. Later it moved to Fourth Street and Second Avenue, and in 1900 it built the plant which it now occupies on West First Avenue and Perry Street.

The new name was taken in 1918 and the company continued in the manufacture of oleomargarine and nut margarine.

In 1922 an oil refinery was constructed beside the original building for the manufacture of refined cocoanut and other vegetable oils, such as cotton, peanut and corn oils, but primarily for the refining of cocoanut oil from which the nut margarine is manufactured.

This refinery today is considered the most up to date plant of its kind in the world. When the refinery was first constructed it was used only for manufacturing nut margarine but in recent years the capacity has been so increased that the company is now one of the leading factors in the refining and selling of cocoanut, peanut, corn and cotton oils.

In 1925 the company purchased the brands of oleomargarine of the Wm. J. Moxley Company of Chicago, Illinois, and in 1926 purchased the Kellogg Products, Inc., of Buffalo, taking over their mayonnaise and nut margarine departments. The manufacture of King Taste Products was started a little over two years ago and is now one of the leading brands on the market.

In 1929 a new department was established, known as the cocoanut oil specialties division, to manufacture and sell Plastic and Hard Cocoanut Buttes under the brand name of PU-RE-CO.

A complete list of the products are: Kingnut and Columbus Margarine, King Taste Mayonnaise, French Dressing, Sandwich Spread, Thousand Island Dressing and Salad and Cooking Oil. Under the refined oil division: Melrose Peanut Oil, Corn-O-May Corn Oil, White Swan Cotton Seed Oil, PU-RE-CO Cocoanut Oil. Vegetable shortenings are sold throughout the country under the brand name of B. B. S. and Famous.

The cocoanut oil specialties division includes PU-RE-CO Cocoanut Oil, PU-RE-CO Plastic Butter, PU-RE-CO Hard Butter, Dri-Kote Vegetable Butter and Dri-Tex Powder Vegetable Fat.

The company wholesales and retails the above mentioned products in Columbus, Ohio, and has direct sales and distributing branches in Syracuse, New York; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Toledo, Ohio, and a shipping branch in Chicago, Illinois. The company jobs throughout the country with over 300 wholesale distributors exclusive of the refinery products which are handled through their branches and also through individual brokers.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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