Food industry equipment, supply and service companies will honorArthur Wolcott, chairman ofSeneca Foods Corp., during PROCESS EXPO on Nov. 10 in Chicago. Supplier members of a group calledThe Forty-Niners say they will recognize Wolcott for an industry career spanning nearly six decades.
Born in 1926 in Corning, N.Y., Wolcott was a World War II veteran (serving in both Europe and the Pacific). He graduated from Cornell University in 1949 with a B.A. in economics. Wolcott founded Seneca Foods in August 1949 after leasing a bankrupt grape juice company in Dundee, N.Y.
Today, Seneca is based in Janesville, Wis., and is a leading processor of canned fruits and vegetables, as well as frozen vegetables, apple chips and other products. Wolcott was chairman and president of Seneca from 1949 to 1987. He still retains the chairman's title.
PROCESS EXPO, Nov. 9-13 at McCormick Place, is sponsored by the Food Processing Suppliers Association.