PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine business best known for tradition is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

WCSH-TV reports (http://on.wcsh6.com/2vOHSNu ) B&M is celebrating 150 years of canning baked beans. The Maine company was founded by George Burnham and his partner Charles Morrill in 1867.

B&M’s Portland plant has been a fixture in the city since 1912. The company prides itself on conventional production methods. B&M still bakes its beans in 900-pound cast iron kettles heated by brick ovens like it did 150 years ago.

Portland plant supervisor David Rickett says there’s no reason to change something that’s always worked.

The workforce has stayed the same at B&M as well. B&M’s Tom Coreau is preparing to celebrate 50 years with the company. Coreau says you have to care about the product to stay.


Information from: WCSH-TV, http://www.wcsh6.com

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