In 1947, Good Foods, Inc. built a Skippy
Peanut Butter plant at 5725 Highway 7, so close to
Junior High you could smell it. In fact, almost immediately,
neighbors from the 3400 block of Yosemite complained of the
“smell and rattle.” Skippy was first manufactured in
Minneapolis in 1940.
An architect's drawing of the new St. Louis Park plant was
included in the November 22, 1946 issue of the Dispatch,
which stated that "Peanuts will be coming in by the carload
to the new Skippy Peanut Butter plant on Highway seven when
construction of the $200,000 building is completed."
In 1949, you could enjoy the "Skippy Hollywood Theater"
every Wednesday evening at 9:30 on WCCO radio. The company
built a $50,000 expansion in 1950.
In 1964-71, Skippy was a product of Best Foods, a division
of Corn Products Co. (home office New York). It employed 45 people.
In 1964 the plant manager was W.J. Gardner, and in 1971 it
was J.B. Hanel.
It is said that Skippy moved to Georgia to be closer to the
In around 1977, the building became the home of McGarvey
Coffee, owned by Superior Coffee and Foods. The company was
started in Minneapolis in 1922, and moved when it was
displaced by highway construction.
This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.