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 the early 1980's, and the plant was torn down by 1985.

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 1926-1927 4th and Lewis Leased from California Prune and Apricot Growers.
Santa Clara 1927- Franklin Street Dried fruit[3].
Sunnyvale 1907-1981 Mathilda and Evelyn Avenue water tank still exists.


  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
  3. June 3, 1941 San Jose Evening News