In 1855, David Hoerner opened a bakery in Richmond Indiana. By 1881, Hoerner had taken on a partner named Knopf and was operating in this brick building at 13-15 South Fifth Street.
A small group of local investors purchased the Hoerner-Knopf bakery, renaming it the Richmond Baking Company. One of those investors, William H. Quigg, became the new bakery’s general manager and ran the firm until his death in 1918.
William’s two sons, Eugene and Robert, were also involved in the business. At the time, the bakery produced bread, buns, doughnuts and cookies. The Richmond Baking Company horse-drawn delivery trucks could be seen up and down the streets of Richmond.
In 1916 negotiations were completed to purchase the office building of the Gaar Scott Company and two vacant lots to the north of it on North Sixth Street. Plans were in place to build a $50,000, four-story bakery in which the company could locate its cracker manufacturing facility. Another two-story building was to be erected to house the bread-baking arm of the business, and the Gaar Scott office building would be renovated to become the headquarters of the Richmond Baking Company.
The death of William Quigg in 1918 postponed these plans. William’s son, Eugene Quigg, took over management of the company.
In early November of 1921, the factory and renovation were completed. The Richmond Baking Company moved to its new facility at 520 North Sixth Street. More than 80 years later, the firm’s offices are still located in the turreted brick building, and its products are still made daily in the adjoining bakery. The move marked the beginning of a period of prosperity for the bakery under the entrepreneurial leadership of Eugene Quigg.
The Richmond Baking Co. produced many brands of crackers, cookies and breads, including Mother’s, Kleen-Maid, Golden Cream, Butter Krust, Honey Boy and Cardinal Breads, Blackstone Cookies, Delishus Cake, and perhaps most notable, the Butternut Wafer and Butternut Cookie.
During World War II, The Richmond Baking Company was contracted by the government to bake the biscuits included in the prepackaged “C rations” issued to every serviceman. These “ration biscuits’ – healthful, whole-grain crackers – weren’t exactly loved by the GI’s but they got the job done!
In 1950, Eugene Quigg died and was succeeded as president by his brother, Robert Quigg. By this time the company’s products had changed considerably from those of its earlier days. It no longer baked bread for home use, and was contract manufacturing products for other companies, such as Mead Johnson’s diet cookie Metrecal and Beech Nut baby cookies.
In 1969, Robert Quigg died and was succeeded by his son, James R. Quigg, Jr. One of Jim Quigg’s first steps as president was also one of the biggest in the company’s history. Jim Quigg authorized the installation of six huge tanks for on-site storage of flour and sugar. Before 1969, the flour was purchased in 100-pound bags that had to be unloaded, transported to the bakery’s upper floor, opened, and sifted individually. For a bakery that used more than 100,000 pounds of flour each day, the bulk bins were a major money saver.
During the 1970s and ’80s, the company made an important shift: In addition to making and selling its own baked goods such as cracker and cookies, Richmond Baking Co. began to bake items as ingredients for their customers’ food products. These new products included graham meals for cheesecake crusts and crushed crackers for the Midwesterner’s favorite pork tenderloins.
Richmond Baking Co. began producing Metamucil fiber wafers for Procter & Gamble and industrial quantities of graham cracker crumbs for use in cheesecakes. The traditional Butternut Cookie was revived and began to make an annual appearance around the winter holidays.
In 2002, Richmond Baking Co. celebrated its 100th anniversary. The company shared its 100th-anniversary with the Teddy Bear, created in 1902 to honor Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. To pay homage to this shared celebration of American history, Richmond Baking Co. adopted Theo the Super Bear, its teddy bear cookie as a symbol. A fitting symbol for the nation’s oldest family-owned cookie and cracker company.
At the company’s Centennial Celebration Jim Quigg announced retirement and made his sons the new managers of the company. Son, Bill Quigg, is now president, and son, Rob Quigg, named treasurer, making the Richmond Baking Co. family-owned for four generations.
Richmond Baking Co. pulls Albaco Food, Inc. and Summit Food Group under one corporate umbrella. The company changes the respective names of all three business operations to Richmond Baking. A new company logo is adopted to reflect the growth and new-direction of the company.
Richmond Baking of Georgia was recognized with a Manufacturer of the Year Award in Georgia for corporate responsibility and workforce excellence.
In 2010, Richmond Baking’s Richmond, Indiana facility earned an Energy Star Certification as an Energy Star Rated Building and Plant. Energy Star is the national mark of excellence in energy performance for facilities that are deemed energy efficient and have a smaller carbon footprint than others in their industry.
We broke ground on More Than A Bakery, a cutting-edge facility with an eye towards cultural innovation in Versailles, Kentucky.
We Aspire to Much, Much More.
More Than A Bakery is not just a facility, it’s a new way of thinking about work. We’re building a community, where our work gives back to our families, friends, and neighbors. Life needs balance, and we’re striving to ensure that everyone at More Than A Bakery not only cares about their careers, they enjoy them.
That means that we provide opportunities for growth, benefits for stability, and community outreach to show just how much we care.
Our family members lead engaged, balanced, and purposeful lives.
- Our Customers are fans.
- Our Food is safe.
- Our Business is strong for the next generation.
- Our Bakeries make us proud.
- Serve others to create smiles.
- Strive for consensus and harmonious support.
- Do what we say, say what we do with integrity.
- Demonstrate stewardship of our resources.
- Communicate openly and with presence.
- Challenge respectfully to do better each and every day.
We're Located in the Heart of the Bluegrass.
We’re proud residents of Versailles in Woodford County, surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in America. This area is home to successful horse farms and famous bourbon distilleries – quintessential Kentucky traditions. It’s also home to our family members.
We're Committed to Community.
We believe that serving our community both in and outside of the facility is paramount. At More Than A Bakery, we come together to improve our community in any way we can.
- Employee participation in fundraising events
- In-kind donations to charities
- Sponsorship of athletic teams of the children of More Than A Bakery families
- Monetary donations through the Quigg Family Foundation