LEON C. OSBORN started his business in January 1941 as an independent
manufacturer's representative selling food processing machinery. He
contracted with Chisholm-Ryder Co, located in Niagara Falls, New York, to sell
their line of food processing equipment to the vegetable canning industry in
Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Relocating from upstate New York to Harlingen, Texas in the lower Rio Grande Valley, he supplied equipment to
the many family owned canneries in "the valley." After more than 20 years with the company, Leon died in 1964.
In 1946, Mr. Osborn's son, Don, joined the company in Harlingen. He was instrumental in growing the company
through the addition of suppliers and hiring personnel to market these product lines. Don also developed
several proprietary processing machines with application in both the pickle and snack food industry.
The first Osborn U-Brush Washer was shipped in 1959. Hundreds of these washers have been built and
shipped to pickle processors in the U.S. and various countries around the world. Just recently three of these
same model washers were shipped in 2014.
The Osborn Vee-Bee seasoning Applicator developed by two individuals from the snack food industry was
marketed for several years during the 1960's and 1970's.
After being associated with the company for 52 years, Don died in 1998. Leon C. Osborn Co. is run today by
Don's son, Dave who joined the organization in 1971. He moved to Houston in the early 70's where the
headquarters is now located. Jim DeGreif, has managed the northern part of the geographic territory since
1987. His office is based out of the Dallas Fort Worth area. Jim and Dave's sales and management activities are
supported by Lisa Littrell who has been with Leon C. Osborn Company since September of 2011.
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