Naumes Inc. was established in 1946 by Joe Naumes and Steve Nye after both men returned from active duty in World War II. Joe, having served in the Pacific with the Navy and Steve in Europe with the Army. Originally established as a packing company called Nye and Naumes Co. Inc., it eventually acquired orchards and soon packed only its own product. In the early 60's the Naumes Family bought out the Nyes. In the early 70's the next generation returned from college and graduate schools and began work. By the mid 70's the first California Orchard was acquired from the former C.E. Sullivan ranch in Yuba City, California. In 1978, the last of the Di Giorgio Company's farming operations were acquired across the river in Marysville bringing the California operations to 2,500 acres. In the early 80's the Chelan Apple Co. and the J.K. McArthur & Sons Co. were aquired in North Central Washington. The company was now farming nearly 7,500 acres.
Joe Naumes Died in 1989. In the early 90's juice concentrate plants were added in Marysville and Wapato.
Succeeding generations of "Naumi" have learned their trade from the ground up. Joe's children -- Mary Pat, Sue and Mike -- started moving irrigation pipe at 11 years of age and were picking, thinning and smudging by the eighth grade. Mike and his wife, Laura, who also grew up in the orchard business, now oversee the operations that encumpass approximately 5,300 acres in three states. Sue is enjoying retirement after a dedicated and long-term involvment in the family business.
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