Watson Donates $2000 to Taylorville Food Pantry Building Fund

Taylorville IL – Watson Inc. is proud to announce the donation of $2,000 to the Taylorville Emergency Food Pantry Building Fund.  The check was presented to Don Readhead, Director of the Food Pantry.  The presentation was made on May 17 by Philip Lee, Plant Manager at Watson Taylorville.  Also present was Larry Peterson (President of the local Sertoma Club), Patty Hornbuckle (CEO Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce) and Linda Root (Volunteer at the Food Pantry).  The Sertoma club will be matching Watson’s contribution as part of their “New Food Pantry Construction Challenge”.

The new building will provide a permanent home for the food pantry allowing it to continue to serve the community.

Watson is a family business which was founded in 1939, manufacturing ingredients for the food and beverage industries.  The company mission involves improving human health and nutrition, and is a core value for Watson.  Supporting efforts such as those of the Food Pantry in Taylorville is integral to fulfilling Watson’s mission.

Watson’s own family values influence its involvement with the community, and the company is passionate in the support of hunger relief and services that support family and children.

Shown in picture are from left to right: Larry Peterson, Don Readhead, Linda Root, Philip Lee and Patty Hoprnbuckle.

About Watson:

Watson was founded in 1939 in New York. Today, the headquarters is located in West Haven CT.  In 1982, Watson purchased the enrichment business of Stauffer Chemical Co. and Nopa Laboratories, a small pharmaceutical firm in Pana, Illinois.  In 1992, Watson purchased Dufar’s nutritional premix division for the food industry and for US AID emergency relief programs. That same year, Watson moved its Illinois production facility from Pana, IL, to a 66,000 square foot facility in Taylorville, IL. For more information on Watson see www.watson-inc.com.


Watson Inc.

Moira Watson, V.P. Marketing & Communications


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Company info:

Watson Inc.

  • Corporate headquarters: 301 Heffernan Drive, West Haven CT 06516
  • CEO: James T. Watson
  • Website: watson-inc.com
  • Employees: 300