A good news story about a nice guy

The founder and owner of Bob’s Red Mill celebrated his 81st birthday February 16th. However, it was Bob who gave a birthday gift his company’s employees will always remember.

Bob gave them his business!

Bob and his wife moved to the Portland area in 1978 when he retired. But rather than retire Bob founded Bob’s Red Mill. Now 32 years later rather than sell the company he gave it to his employees. This is not a small time operation. In 2004 the company was estimated to be worth $24 million and has had very strong growth every year since.

I mentioned to my hairdresser this morning that I was going to eat lunch at Bob’s. She told me her cousin has worked for Bob’s since it was just a small company and he is still in shock over the gift Bob gave him and the other 200+ employees.

Everyday in the newspaper, on TV and radio news we hear all of the bad things that happen in the world. So to me this story stuck out as a good news, nice guy story.

There are more photos that I took back in June on another post about Breakfast at Bob’s Red Mill.

Breakfast at Bob’s Red Mill

I had my haircut this morning and decided afterward to go down the road a bit to Bob’s Red Mill for breakfast. They have expanded their menu and now have quite a good variety of breakfast dishes. When they first started serving breakfast it was pretty much pancakes and baked items. They serve lunch too. Lunch is mostly sandwiches but there a several that sound good.

“To celebrate our 25th anniversary and our enduring dedication to being the nation’s leading miller of healthy whole grain foods, we unveiled our beautiful new Whole Grain Store and Visitors Center. The 15,000 square-foot facility is a stunning addition to Portland’s many attractions, featuring an 18-foot high operational water wheel, displays of historic milling equipment, and a working stone mill using French buhr millstones from the 1800’s.”

Bobs Red Mill, Milwaukie, OR

Bob's Red Mill, Milwaukie, OR

Little cup of grits, turkey bacon, eggs, cottage potatoes and really fresh made rye toast

Little cup of grits, turkey bacon, eggs, cottage potatoes and really fresh made rye toast