The canning industry in the state placed Utah as the eighth-ranked producer
of canned goods in the nation. Of the more than seventy-five canning
companies that have been in business in the state, less than fifteen
were truly successful and able to remain in business year round. Each
of these successful canning factories was serviced by a direct railroad
connection, allowing direct shipment of their canned goods to waiting
markets. The largest canneries were located in West Ogden and in Smithfield,
which remains today as the only cannery operating in the state. Successful
smaller canneries were located in Tremonton, Perry, North Ogden, Roy, Hooper, Clearfield, Syracuse, Morgan, Murray, and Spanish Fork.
1914, to support Utah's growing canning industry, the American Can Company
built one of the West's largest can-manufacturing facilities in Ogden.
Between 1915 and 1979, when the plant was closed, the company shipped
many railroad boxcars filled with new, empty cans to canneries all over
the state and the region.
railroads also had an important role in Utah's canned milk industry,
which produced both evaporated and condensed milk. In 1904 Utah's, and
especially Cache Valley's, dairy industry received a major boost when
Sego Milk Products Company opened a condensing plant in Richmond, north
of Logan. In 1925 Sego built a processing plant in Hyrum. The Borden
Company opened its milk-condensing plant in Logan in 1916. The Morning
Milk Company opened a condensing plant in Wellsville in 1923, and sold
it to the Carnation Company in 1946. The Sego plant in Richmond was
served by the Oregon Short Line, as was the Morning Milk plant in Wellsville.
The Sego plant in Hyrum was served by a spur of the Utah-Idaho Central
electric line. Borden's Logan plant was served by both the Utah-Idaho
Central and the Oregon Short Line.