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Modeling a Grocery Distribution Business

Douglas Harding

Western Grocer was one of the largest wholesale grocery distributors between Chicago and Denver 1901-1947. Based in Marshalltown, Iowa, they owned Marshall Canning with canning factories and pickle works located in several states. At warehouses in Iowa & Minnesota, they repackaged foods for their Jack Sprat, Mayflower, Brown Beauty and other brand names. They were served by the Minneapolis & St Louis Railroad. The clinic will look at the grocery distribution business with suggestions on how to model the same.


Douglas Harding, published author, speaker, researcher and layout builder/operator. Member of the NMRA, Mid-Continent Region, LDSIG, OPSIG and several railroad historical societies. He models the Minneapolis & St Louis Railroad and his layout will be on tour during the convention.

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