Originally created 01/01/00

Clem Castleberry



This business entrepreneur came along at a time when the nation was just realizing it didn't have to buy just perishable food products but food could last for months using canned goods. Clem Castleberry's father ran a Broad Street grocery store and built a reputation for catering delicious barbecued foods.

Clem finished college and began putting his father's business in a can. That company grew from six employees to a $25 million-a-year business and a work force of more than 200 employees at his death in 1977 at age 73. He was director of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Georgia Canners Association and the First Railroad and Banking Co., and was co-founder and president of the National Association of Food Research. He saved homemakers thousands of hours of cooking with his canned products.