the further development of the beet and its manufacture, and with the
increased population in the territory, a renewed attempt was made in
the 1880s. Particularly active in keeping interest in the industry alive
was Arthur Stayner, a horticulturist from England, who used his energies
and property in experiments with sugar cane, sorghum cane, and sugar
beets. In 1887 Stayner received a $5,000 bounty from the legislature
for the first 7,000 pounds of marketable sugar produced in Utah. Stayner
visited other early experimental sugar-producing plants, and with passionate
earnestness he solicited the support of the LDS Church and business
leaders in the formation of a company to finance further investigations.
Incorporated in 1889, the Utah Sugar Company, which was largely financed
by the LDS Church, sponsored studies, analyses, and investigations leading
to the completion in 1891 of a $400,000 beet sugar factory at Lehi.
Constructed by E.H. Dyer, this 350-ton capacity plant was the first
beet sugar factory in the United States built with American machinery.
When asked their motive in using the agency of the church to promote
an enterprise of this nature, Mormon officials replied that this was
one means of fulfilling their covenant to redeem the earth and build
up the Kingdom of God.