Kelley Family History

Kelley Bean traces its roots back to the founding of the Chester B. Brown company in 1927 where Robert L. Kelley Sr. was plant manager of the Morrill, Nebraska facility.  In the early 1940's, Robert Kelley was promoted to President of the company, a position he held until 1969.  In 1970, Robert L. Kelley Sr. left Chester B. Brown to form Kelley Bean Company.  His son's Gary, and later Bob, joined him to help run the family's new business.  In 1982, under Gary Kelley's leadership, the Kelley Bean and Chester B. Brown companies merged to form a reunited Kelley Bean Co., Inc.  In 2006, under Bob Kelley's leadership, Kelley Bean acquired ConAgra's dry bean operations.  Eleven other acquisitions over the years have formed one of the largest originators and processors of dry beans in the U.S.  Today, a third generation led by Kevin Kelley, is in place and poised to grow the company well into the future.  Ask any of the Kelley's and they will tell you that none of this would have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the world's best group of employees and growers.

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