J. C. Palumbo Fruit Company

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J.C. Palumbo Fruit Company
Packing Warehouse Building

2nd Avenue and 6th Street in Payette
Joined the Register November 17, 1982
Tourtellotte and Hummel Architecture
The building was completed in the fall of 1928
at a cost of over $100,000

J. C. Palumbo Fruit Company shows Phenomenal Growth During Past Year


Payette is fortunate in having not only the largest fruit company in Payette county, but is also having the distinction of having the largest one in the State of Idaho. This is the J. C. Palumbo Fruit Company, packers Paluma Brand of apples and prunes. J. C. Palumbo is the manager of this concern with shipping points from and distributors of the famous La Fruitland, New Plymouth, Emmett, Nampa, Weiser and Council, Idaho; Brogan, Ontario and Nyssa, Oregon.

The unusual growth of this business can be traced directly to the untiring efforts and business ability of its founder, J. C. Palumbo, who first came here as a fruit buyer for his own eastern house in Logansport, Indiana, in 1921. Seeing the possibilities for a real fruit business in this district he decided to dispose of his interests in the east and permanently locate here with the idea in view of building up a fruit business that would be second to none in this famous district.

Mr. Palumbo is one of the men who took advantage of existing conditions and from a small start he has, since his arrival, built up the business until his product is favorably known all over the world. He numbers his growers by the hundreds, successfully handling their products from year to year, through his honest dealing and efficient methods coupled with a large cold storage plant with every requisite for turning out an excellent finished product. This in addition with his sales connections has proved to the grower that he can receive full value for his products.

In the spring of 1928 Mr. Palumbo saw the necessity of erecting a modern cold storage plant using as his site Payette, and at a cost of over $100,.000.00 the building was erected, a picture of which is herewith shown. The building is 74 by 120 feet, with four stories, a basement for common storage, packing and loading facilities on the main floor with also some space for pre-cooling, suitable office furnishings and the remainder of the building is turned over to cold storage which has a capacity of over 200 cars.

In order to have a building that would meet every standard and every requirement so as to enable him to take advantage of local conditions the contract was let to Tony Palumbo, who has made an exhaustive study of the cold storage proposition in the east. He came from his brothers home town, Logansport, Indiana, to oversee the work.

In the fall of 1928 the building was completed and the company moved in ready to do business. It is a consensus of opinion among experienced men with a wide knowledge of the fruit game and of the cold storage end that this new building will compare favorably with any building found anywhere for this particular use.

The J. C. Palumbo Fruit Company has had a steady increase since its inception, year by year, their annual shipments have become bigger until this year it is estimated that 1000 cars of choice Idaho and Oregon fruit will be handled through this company.

A great deal of credit should go to Mr. J. C. Palumbo for the interest that he has taken in public welfare and the growers problems and the effort that he has put forth to build up Payette. The same dynamic action that has put over his large personal business in a few years in put into any public movement that he supports. It is men of this kind and businesses of this kind that you, who are seeking a new location, will come in contact with if you make a personal trip of investigation to this district. Especially do we refer you to the J. C. Palumbo Fruit company if you are interested in becoming a part of the fast growing population of Payette county that are here and already making money in his line.

From The Payette Independent, Industrial Edition, 1928

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