The Kerr family involvement in the grain and flour milling industries extends over four generations beginning with Peter Kerr’s arrival from Scotland in 1892 to export Pacific Northwest wheat around Cape Horn to Europe. One could argue we have been in the industry five generations as Peter’s uncle was part of the Dewar & Webb Grain trading firm. For more on Peter Kerr, click here
Under Peter’s leadership Kerr Gifford & Company, Inc. grew into the largest grain exporter and merchandiser on the West Coast at the time of its sale to Cargill in 1953. Peter Kerr’s nephew, Tom Kerr, founded Kerr Grain Company in 1954, later evolving into Kerr Pacific Corporation as the company’s focus transitioned to flour milling and foodservice distribution.