"Sunflovver", "Locus Beans", "Linseed", and "Cotton Cake". A keen
student of >vorld markets and prices, he studied all the milling
journals. He followed the movements of shiploads of these materials
from all O\'er the world, but mainly from South America and North
Africa. Depending on market price fluctuations, he bought and sold
shiploads of these products while on the high seas, and sold them, in
part or totally to compounders such as Suttons, Heaslips, and
Howards, whose requirements were relatively small but vital to their
many instances K.B. Williams never handled the
cargoes when they reached the ports, a business which he must have
found to be very lucrative . These compound materials were mixed
with native grain and maize, and the end result was a more balanced
food for animals. The mill was very big in this field of production.
The company employed
people all year round, and as many
people at harvest time. This was of great importance to the
economy of the town.
The K.B. Williams excursion to Youghal was one of the highlights
of the S
er season. The four big company lorries, suitably decked
out with seats (or forms), provided the transport for the employees
and their families. It will be seen from the photograph included that
a tent was erected at Clay Castle provided by Thompsons of Cork,
who also provided the catering for the day. Jerry O'Sullivan recalls
the excitement of both adults and children before the outing, which
was recognised as a very generous gesture by Mr. Williams.
The company lorries were also made available for matches in
Thurles when Cork were involved, again free of charge, but confined
to members of the staff. Jerry says: "A few of the hurling pals often
joined the lorry at a little distance from the town," - true Gaels, no
doubt. Jerry worked in the office.
Joe O'Keeffe and Paddy Weldon were the company's commercial
sales representatives, and travelled all over Munster in this capacity.
Paddy was an all -round sportsman, playing badminton, tennis,
soccer, and golf during his sporting career
Mary ( Buckley ) Guinee was secretary with the company. The
initials "K.B." she explained came from Mr. Williams' mother's name
'Kingsmill Brady.'. A man of varied interests , K.B. was a very keen
tennis player , and was president of the Annabella Club for many
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