Alan R Warehime

History of Food Processing Pioneer Alan Warehime of Hanover, Pennsylvania


Early Life and Family

      Alan Richard Warehime was born September 27, 1912, in Carroll County, Maryland, the son of Harry V. Warehime and Airie Knipel. Alan was the oldest of three children. He married Rosedrey Rohrbaugh on August 18, 1935 and they had three children Sally Warehime, John Warehime, and Michael Warehime.
1920 United States Federal Census
1920 United States Federal Census

Alan Warehime and Hanover Foods

      Alan R Warehime, joined his family's business in 1934, after he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with dual degrees in Agriculture and Economics. The Hanover Canning Company continued expanded at a steady pace throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The young company experienced strong growth during the 1950s and 1960s, as they expanded their production tremendously, hiring large numbers of new employees. In 1952, Hanover Canning added frozen vegetables to its established line of canned vegetables with the acquisition of their Centre Hall, Pennsylvania plant to expand into frozen vegetable manufacturing. After Harry Warehime died in 1956, his son succeeded him as president and chief executive officer.

His Legacy

      Under Alan Warehime's leadership the company experienced prodigious growth. For example, Hanover Brands in the late 1960's acquired ALCOSA in Guatemala providing the nearly year round farming of vegetables. During this time Hanover Brands purchased many regional food companies like Snyder's of Hanover, Myers, Phillips, Gibb's, Mitchells, SuperFine, and O&C. Under Alan's innovative watch Hanover Foods expanded, as he built upon his father's foundation for the company to become a regional food processing leader.
     Alan was a pioneer in food processing, going to great lengths to continually implement the latest research and development to deliver the best methods to provide fresh, delicious, and easy to prepare foods and vegetables. He helped guide the company into the future by using new technologies to improve freshness such as Glass Packed and Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) vegetables in poly bags.
      Alan Warehime died on March 24, 1990, in Hanover, Pennsylvania. The company he directed would become one of the largest and most successful food corporations on the East Coast.
Harry V. Warehime

Alan R Warehime

glass packed
Glass Packed Vegetables