In 1946, grocer Ralph Hammons noticed a lot of wild Black Walnuts growing all over Southwest Missouri. Seeing the future potential of this local crop, he bought a cracking machine and began buying Black Walnuts from the hardworking Ozarks people who gathered them each fall.
Pictured is Dwain Hammons, Ralph Hammons & Clarence Cavendar making notes about crop expectations in the late 1950s.
Today, Hammons Products Company is still family-owned. The tradition has been carried on by Ralph’s son, Dwain, and now grandson, Brian as well as great-grandson, Jacob, making four generations of Hammons entrepreneurial leaders.
We continue to buy Black Walnuts in the same nostalgic way. Coming to the company from over 215 local buying stations across 11 states, the efforts of thousands of people working together has helped make the American Black Walnut an integral piece of Midwest culture.
Pictured are current leaders: Dwain Hammons, Brian Hammons, and Jacob Basecke.
The processing plant in the small town of Stockton, MO has developed and grown, employing over 80 people with another 20 during the fall harvest season. The SQF level-3 certified plant shells about 25 million pounds of nuts each year, producing Black Walnut nutmeats for food ingredients and ground nut shells for industrial uses.
Pictured are current company employees who help grow the company into the future.