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(Monroe Evening News, Tuesday October 21, 1910, p.2)

Within a stone's throw from the heart of the business district of Monroe is located a canning plant which little is known of locally, but which is rapidly gaining a nation wide reputation. While this plant has been in operation for years it remained for Marleau, Bucklen & Schoen manufacturers of pure food products, to inject new life into it and to operate it along efficient and productive lines.

The plant located on East Front street was for years operated by the Monroe Canning company and since being in the hands of Marleau, Bucklen and Schoen it has undergone many improvements and today it is looked upon as being one of the best equipped canning plants in this section of the country. New machinery, such as bottling, washing and capping machines, costing thousands of dollars have been installed and a visit to the plant will convince, the most skeptical that Marleau, Bucklen, and Schoen are keeping abreast of the times and that they are making a determined effort to place their products on the shelves of every store handling canned goods in the country.

Without any loud acclaim Marleau, Bucklen, and Schoen took possession of the old canning plant several months ago and they will operate it the year around , turning out such products as tomatoes, catsup, peanut butter, jams and jellies. During the tomato season, which is just come to a close, 90 carloads of tomatoes were packed, each car consisting of about 2,400 cans. The pulp from these tomatoes which were grown in this section of the state, is now being made into catsup, being of an exceptionally fine quality. Of the 90 carloads of tomatoes packed nearly 80 cars have already found themselves in the hands of the wholesalers and the name "Monroe" is now being heralded in every nook and corner in the country. So great has been the demand for the catsup that is being manufactured that it was necessary to secure pulp from an Elmira, Mich., canning plant. Five thousand gallons of pulp have been secured from the plant and it is now being worked up into catsup as rapidly as possible. While enough tomatoes and catsup have been put up to feed an army, the 60 employees who are on the company's payroll are now directing their attention to canning squash, fifty acres of this commodity having been contracted for. The squash bears the name of the Morrow brand, while the tomatoes and catsup bear the old familiar trade mark of "General Custer".

The new concern operates two plants, the other being located in Toledo. The Toledo plant was formerly used by the Owen Bottling company and once it is fully equipped it will be one of the largest plants of its kind in Ohio. In spite of the size of the Toledo plant, the Monroe branch will be improved and enlarged as business warrant it and if it continues to progress as it has in the past season it need have no fear of the Toledo branch outrivaling it.

A.J. Marleau is president of the company. George L. Bucklen, vice president and general manager, and E.C. Schoen secretary and treasurer. Mr. Bucklen for a number of years was sales manager of the Cudahy Packing company while Mr. Schoen was identified with the Berdan company of Toledo, wholesale grocers and importers. The main offices are located in Toledo.

(Monroe Evening News, Tuesday October 21, 1910, p.2)

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