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replacement of lorries, machinery, buildings, general repairs and

renewals, etc. Failing that, any business not so doing, would in a

short time cease to exist. You older men know what money in

b11ildings and plant we have put back into the business for the past

25

years. Tlzis is to yo11r benefit as well as to ours.

We hope with your help and co-operation to expandfurther. We are

at present aiming a plant for the manufacture of Cattle Cubes and

Po11/try Pellets, etc. If the business prospers , and ifprofits permit, we

will be only too pleased to voluntarily review your case, at some

future date.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas.

(Signed)

K.B.

Williams

CONNECTION WITH ODLUMS

Odlums interest in K.B. Williams

&

Sons commenced around

1947,

and was mainly influenced by the big sales of flour throughout

Munster enjoyed by the Mallow company. By combining these sales

with their own milling business, Odlums were able to maximise

deliveries, thus making distribution costs much more efficient. It

must be remembered that most towns and villages had their own

bakeries, Cahirciveen alone having five or six such bakeries

However, the "hole in the wall" tunnel entrance remained a problem

to transport. Lorries leaving Odlums, Cork, and calling to Mallow to

collect further supplies for distribution to customers had to be built

narrow

·

enough to get through the. tunnel, a difficult and time

consuming operation. Further unsuccessful appeals were made to get

access from the Town Park, and this may have influenced Odlums to

finally departing the Mallow scene.

However, during the fifties and sixties the milling industry

became very competitive through the involvement of the Co-ops in

the business.

A

new dimension to the agricultural scene emerged.

"Mixed farming" was the popular thing. The average farm consisted

of cows, dry stock, and some grain or roots, such as turnips and

mangolds. The milk was sold to the Co-ops or creameries, who by

now had their own mills. The farmer took his milk to the creamery in

the morning, as well as a sack or two of barley or oats. It was crushed

or rolled, and collected the follmving day for animal feed in his own

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