A fourth-generation, family-owned farm held a company-wide event to celebrate its 75th year in business Oct. 6 at its original location in Boddie Mill.
Braswell Family Farms, which counts itself as one of the foremost producers of premium and specialty eggs and feed on the East Coast, is one of the leading employers in Nash County.
More than 100 Braswell Family Farms employees and family members came out to celebrate the milestone.
“God has blessed us with the resources to continue to grow our business into the 75th year and beyond,” company President Trey Braswell said. “One of those resources are our employees. We have several employees here who have worked with all four generations. You don’t see that anymore and we are so grateful to have employees that have been like family to us.”
In addition to the anniversary celebration, two longtime employees who recently retired, Roland Ellis and Judy Ellis, were recognized.
Roland Ellis retired after 50 years of service to the company. Judy Ellis noted that she came to work for the company on a temporary project for two weeks and stayed 22 years, and attributed her longevity to a true love of the Braswell family and everyone with whom she worked.
Braswell Family Farms began as Boddie Milling in 1943 when E.G. and Joe Braswell purchased the mill from G.M. Strickland after working for Strickland for several years. The brothers produced cornmeal for more than 20 years before purchasing a mill in the heart of Nashville and starting Braswell Milling Co. E.G.’s sons, Gene and Ronald, continued to run the feed mill and began raising immature hens known as pullets, eventually leading to the egg production side of the farm.
Shortly before his passing in 1991, Ronald invested in the beginnings of the Eggland’s Best franchise.
Through the leadership of Ronald’s son, Scott, the company became one of the leading egg and feed producers in the country. Scott passed the baton to his son, Trey, in 2017 and announced the re-branding of the company to Braswell Family Farms to pay homage to the past three generations and the business’ family culture.