History

  • Founded by two brothers, Harold W. & Victor (Doc) Mason – Mason Brothers originally serviced customers within a 50 mile radius of Wadena MN.

  • Continuing the family tradition, Harold Mason hires his nephew Chuck Harrison. In the summer of 1950, Harry Harrison, Chuck’s son starts working summers at Mason Brothers unloading boxcars of flour & sugar along with making deliveries.

  • Harold Mason retires due to health reason. Chuck Harrison takes over operation of the warehouse.

  • Chuck Harrison passes away. Upon his death, his son, Harry Harrison becomes president & CEO of Mason Brothers.

  • A fire destroys the entire warehouse in June, within 6 months a new facility is up & running in a new location.

  • Abby’s Bakery (named after Harry Harrison’s granddaughter) was built – offering customers freshly baked, quality bakery product.

  • Harry Harrison retires as president & CEO of Mason Brothers, selling the business to his sons Jeff & Ric.

  • Mason Brothers, founded in 1920 by two brothers, Harold W. & Victor Mason, serviced customers within a 50 mile radius of Wadena, MN. In 1923 a new warehouse is built & business continues to grow & prosper. In 1930 Harold Mason hires his nephew, Chuck Harrison. Harold subsequently retires due to health reasons in 1952. Chuck Harrison takes over operation of the warehouse. In the summer of 1950, Harry Harrison, Chuck’s son starts working summers at Mason Brothers unloading boxcars of flour & sugar along with making deliveries. In 1962 Chuck Harrison passes away. Upon his death, his son, Harry Harrison becomes president & CEO of Mason Brothers.

     

     

     

     

    Other milestones…

    1968…A fire destroys the entire warehouse. Within 6 months a new facility is up & running in a new location.

     

    1971…Mason Brothers becomes the first business in the community to install a computer system, leading the way to a broader range of services.

     

    1974…Mason Brothers purchases their first tractor trailer rig. Previous to this, they had been using straight trucks.

     

    1975…A graphics arts department is added.

     

    1977…Mason Brothers takes on an extensive dairy program.

     

    1978…Freezers are built & frozen foods are added.

     

    1980…With continued growth, they find it necessary to add additional space to the warehouse.

     

    1995 – Abby’s Bakery (named after Harry Harrison’s granddaughter) was built – offering customers fresh, quality bakery product.

     

    1999 – USDA inspected meat packing area is added, where meat is further processed in case-ready packaging.

     

    Continuing a family tradition…

     

    2000…Harry Harrison retires as president & CEO of Mason Brothers, selling the business to his sons Jeff & Ric.

     

    2003…Abby’s Bakery expands to keep up with increasing demand.

     

    2003…Mason Brothers proudly introduces an exclusive all-natural beef product line with the “Heartland Farms” label.

     

    2003… Due to the closing of Fairway Foods, Hartz & Fleming warehouses, Mason Brothers acquires substantial new business.

     

    2003…Service is extended into Wisconsin.

     

    2009…Service is extended into Iowa & Michigan.

     

    2010…Celebrating 90 years of continuous operation.

     

    2012… Service is extended into South Dakota.

     

    2012…New improved website is launched, offering our customers real time information.

     

    New this year… Abby’s Bakery expands with the introduction of  Sunnybrook Bread & Buns. New packaging is made available on Case Ready Meat, allowing extended dating & the ability to order in the a.m. for next day delivery.

     

    The original facility has gone through seven additions. It is now more than 185,000 square feet, housing more than 18,000 items & 18 dock doors for shipping & receiving.