The Spud Factory, LLC
The DuRussel family has farmed in Michigan for over 125 years. In 1873 Jules DuRussel and his brother Constantine left Switzerland to settle in Detroit, Michigan. Jules and his son Charles farmed there until the 1920's when they were urbanized out of the area. Charles and his son Raymond moved to Utica, Michigan. There they grew rhubarb and potatoes on 300 acres. Raymond sold the business to his sons Howard (Bud) and Donald. The area was again urbanized. The DuRussels moved to Manchester in 1969. By 1976 the farm had grown to over 1100 acres and was now incorporated as DuRussels' Potato Farms, Inc. In August of 2014, Dale and Dee Warner bought DuRussel Farms in hope of continuing the long-lasting tradition. In addition to the vegetable farm, Dale and Dee are also the proud owners of a large acre grain farm, a fertilizer and chemical company, and a trucking firm.
Since Dale and Dee purchased the vegetable farm in 2014, many improvements have been underway. We now operate under the name of The Spud Factory, LLC. Several outdated housing units have been removed to make room for the updating of the rest of the existing houses to ensure a higher standard of living conditions for the expanding migrant workforce. In both of our vegetable and potato processing warehouses, we have installed a high quality ventilation system along with implementing many new farming techniques to reduce the risks of pests and disease in our produce. As food safety is of most importance to us, we strictly follow all food safety regulations.
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