Libby, McNeil, and Libby

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Sunnyvale Canneries

Libby, McNeil, and Libby was a Chicago-based canner, organized in 1875. Their Sunnyvale cannery, opened in 1907, was large and long-lived; the water tank from the cannery still sits in the industrial park off Mathilda, painted as one of Libby's cans. Libby's opened the Sunnyvale cannery as their first west-coast plant due to the encouragement of local real estate agents and proximity to San Francisco[1] Sunnyvale had primarily been a meat-packing company; the Sunnyvale plant was an attempt to broaden their product line[2] The cannery closed in 1983.

Wikipedia entry for company.


Location Years Address Details
Sacramento 1913-1982 1724 Stockton Ave. History
Sacramento 1914 Folsom Blvd. and Hazel Ave Olive pickling.
San Francisco 1912 112 Market Street Santa Marina Building
San Jose 4th and Lewis (1926, 1927, leased from California Prune and Apricot Growers)
Santa Clara Franklin Street (1927, being built) (dried fruit, acc to "June 3, 1941 San Jose News":
Sunnyvale 1907, 1962 Mathilda and Evelyn Avenue water tank still exists.


Chicago based.

  1. Kent L. Seavey, Yolanda Wuth, and James C. Williams, Images: Sunnyvale's Heritage Resources, 1988, City of Sunnyvale. Chapter 4.
  2. Canneries hold important place in Sunnyvale's history: August 9, 2012 San Jose Mercury Views