AKA: Fleischmann's Yeast and Vinegar Plant, Sumner, WA

Structure Type: built works - industrial buildings - factories

Designers: Aldrich and Hunt, Building Contractors (firm); Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers (firm); Charles Ronald Aldrich (architect); John Graham Sr. (architect/engineer); Hunt (building contractor)

Dates: [unspecified]

1115 Zehnder Street
Sumner, WA 98390-1613

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John Graham, Sr., designed this plant that cultivated yeast for various purposes; it was the first yeast cultivation facility in the Pacific Northwest, and supplied approximately 80% of the yeast used in the region before it closed in 1994. The firm of Aldrich and Hunt served as Building Contractor.

This was one of at least 10 yeast plants Fleischmann's operated in the US and Canada at various times. Other facilities were located in Oakland, CA, Alameda, CA, Memphis, TN, Gastonia, NC, Calgary, AB, LaSalle, QC; the company also had three facilities in MO, at Fenton, Chesterfield and Creve Coeur.

In 2007, Northstar Chemical Incorporated applied for a demolition permit to destroy the Fleischmann's Yeast Factory in Sumner, WA, in order to construct a chemical tank farm. Opposition appeared from historic preservationists and those not wanting a chemical tank farm in their community.

PCAD id: 10916