Stemilt Growers

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Stemilt Growers, LLC
FounderTom Mathison
HeadquartersWenatchee, Washington, U.S.
Key people
West Mathison, President
ProductsCherries, apples, pears, peaches, nectarines
Number of employees

Stemilt Growers is a family-owned tree fruit growing, packing and shipping company based in Wenatchee, Washington. Stemilt is the largest fresh market sweet cherry shipper in the world,[1] and one of the nation's largest grower-packer-shippers of apples, pears, cherries, and stone fruit. Its signature apple varieties include Piñata, Honeycrisp,[2] Gala, and Pink Lady. The company is also a leader in organic fruit production, producing 26% of Washington's organic apples and 32% of the Pacific Northwest's organic pears.[3] In 2008, the company shipped over 20 million boxes of fruit and employed 1,500 people full-time.[4]


Stemilt's company history dates back to 1893, when the Mathison family homesteaded 160 acres (0.65 km2) on Stemilt Hill near Wenatchee, Washington. The family planted its first 10 acres (40,000 m2) of apples, pears and cherries in 1914.

By 1947, Tom Mathison, a third generation farmer, took the lead in the family orchard business. He built a fruit packing house on Stemilt Hill in 1961.[5] In 1964, Tom Mathison founded Stemilt Growers and began packing fruit for other growers.[6] In 1975, Mathison built a new packing and storage facility at Olds Station in Wenatchee, which would soon become the new company headquarters. In July 2005, Tom Mathison transferred the company presidency to his grandson, West Mathison.[7] Tom Mathison died in 2008.[4]


Stemilt is a Native American word for "foothills". It is also a region of agriculture land located near the Cascade Mountains and city of Wenatchee, Washington.[8]


  1. ^ "Stemilt Growers. Inc". Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Honeycrisp Apples - a crowd favorite". Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  3. ^ Dininny, Shannon (23 April 2009). "Stemilt has all-organic peaches, nectarines". Seattle Times. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  4. ^ a b "Apple industry icon dies from cancer". Seattle Times. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  5. ^ * Marshall, Maureen E. Agriculture in Wenatchee. Kindle Publishing, 2013.
  6. ^ "Stemilt Founder Thomas Mathison Dead at 82". Supermarket News. 5 January 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  7. ^ "West Mathison named Stemilt president". Capital Press. 8 July 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  8. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions - Answers - Stemilt". Stemilt Growers. Retrieved 28 August 2009.

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