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, Thomas (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.
Through the continued leadership of Tom Kerr’s, son-in-law, Randy Labbe, Kerr Pacific continued its growth through the 3rd generation. Kerr Pacific Corporation is now under its 4th generation leadership of investing for the family, and we stay closely connected to the industries of Food and Agriculture.