Our History

America has trusted healthy Hodgson Mill products for generations. Our story stretches back to the early days after the American Revolution and Westward Expansion. Traditional products, made the traditional way.

1800s
1837
Deep in the rugged heart of the Missouri Ozarks, the original mill site came to life.
1861
A mill at this site was burned down as Missouri endured the chaos of the Civil War.
1882
Master Millwright Alva Hodgson built the sturdy water mill you see in our logo.
1900s
1969
The still-producing mill company became officially known as Hodgson Mill, Inc.
1973
The original Mill hit the milestone (and its limit) of 1 million pounds of flours and meals per year.
1976
Hodgson Mill expanded to a modern facility to scale up and meet demand.
2000s
2006
Production capacity expanded again, moving to a state-of-the-art facility to meet rising safety standards.
2014
Hodgson Mill Mercantile opened in Effingham IL, offering the wide product range made in the local plant, as well as other products, crafts, and gifts from other local and family-owned businesses.
2015
Added an education center for cooking classes and events.

Our Mission and Vision

“Our mission is to responsibly provide safe, authentic ingredients inspiring consumer creativity.”

We continually strive to be the industry leader in quality and service through Community Outreach, Product Innovation and Consumer Education. We are committed to enhancing the lives of our Employees, Partners & Consumers. We aim to create Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future.

Family Company

Hodgson Mill is a family-owned business based in Effingham IL. The company has grown from a local business into a national leader in whole grain products with more than 140 employees. Owners Bob and Cathy Goldstein are still committed to maintaining the close-knit, family business values that have made the company a success.

Bob and Cathy came by milling naturally. Bob was raised on a local farm in Effingham, Illinois, where the company headquarters and production facilities are located, and his wife Cathy’s family has been milling grains for five generations. Cathy attended the University of Illinois to study Agricultural Economics.

Bob’s journey into the world of grain milling started from the ground up. He worked his way up from a laborer, to a manager and supervisor, and now to owner and President. His hands-on expertise has been honed by his trips to Switzerland and England to learn from millers with hundreds of years of tradition and experience. Bob has also journeyed through Italy learning pasta manufacturing in the country where pasta was perfected.

"I'm a gatherer of information," he says, “but I also gather great people for our team who have specific expertise in many different areas of milling and manufacturing.” Today Cathy and Bob are the proud parents of six children, and the family is active in the local community. The company continues to grow and reflect their values; for instance, several family members eat gluten free for health reasons, and Hodgson Mill has expanded and become a leader in high quality gluten free cereals and baking mixes. Several of their children, including daughters Erin and Carrie and son Andrew, have joined the Hodgson Mill Team.