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Business Past | Homegrown processing industry

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Growing demand for its services brings on an expansion of D & D Cannery, 2001 N. Wenatchee Ave., in October of 1958. An 80-by-40 foot addition was constructed for use as a cooking room. At that time, the cannery was the only specialty plant in the state and the only processor that canned Golden Delicious apples. Fifty people were employed doing various jobs such as operating peeling, coring and washing equipment, trimming fruit, filling cans and running the cooking machine. Among the trimmers working on pears are, from left, Mrs. J.A. McCartney, Steve Dauenhauer and Doris Gavin. Specialty canned products that were produced included spiced pears and Bing cherries, and crab apples. Canning season would begin with asparagus in the early spring and then move on to cherries, peaches, pears and apples from summer through fall. The cannery, also known as D & D Foods, was founded by Florian F. Dauenhauer in 1946. (Business World file photo)