In production beehives, there are several flat wooden frames containing comb where honey is actually stored. The bee will work the field, bring the nectar back to the hive, place it in the comb and then cover it with wax. These frames are removed by the beekeeper, the wax is removed, and the honey is typically poured into a 55-gallon drum. Once the drum is filled, the beekeeper ships it to a packer/ producer.
  • 1903
    T.W. Burleson spends $5 to buy a colony of bees and $15 for honey supplies.
  • 1906
    T.W. Burleson receives a gift from Flavius Davenport consisting of one hive (colony of bees). Mr. Burleson, then district clerk of Ellis County, Texas, leaves political office to devote himself to apiculture.
  • 1907
    T.W. Burleson Honey Company is formed with headquarters at 1206 West Main Street in Waxahachie, Texas.
  • 1925
    A major fire at the West Main Street facility causes the company to halt production for three months.
  • 1929
    T.E. Burleson, Sr. graduates from Trinity University in Waxahachie and enters into business with his father. T.W. Burleson and Son Honey Packers is formed as the first commercial honey bottling plant in Texas.
  • 1935
    The company buys the first long-haul truck with a capacity of 18,000 pounds to bring honey from southwest Colorado to its packaging facility in Texas. Raw honey is shipped in 60 pound cans over the Continental Divide.
  • 1936
    Burleson's Honey moves from West Main Street to downtown Waxahachie at 224 North Rogers Street. Property and building costs are $11,000.
  • 1944
    T.W. Burleson dies in a pedestrian accident as he crosses Main Street in Waxahachie to visit an ailing friend.
  • 1952
    Burleson's Honey buys its first diesel truck for $9,000. Today, a similar truck would have a value of $125,000.
  • 1954
    T.E. Burleson, Sr. sells all of the company's bees to its managers in Texas, Georgia, and Iowa in order to focus on honey processing and packaging.
  • 1959
    The Burleson family buys the Dixie Syrup packing plant located at 301 East Peters Street. Burleson's Properties, Inc. is formed.
  • 1962
    T.E. Burleson, Jr. enters the company as the third generation.
  • 1966
    Burleson's relocates from downtown Waxahachie to 301 Peters Street, moving into a 27,000 square-foot facility with state-of-the-art capping, filling, and packaging equipment..
  • 1973
    T.E. Burleson, Sr. retires and transfers the company to T.E. Burleson, Jr. and Ann Burleson Bond.
  • 1975
    Ray Beck retires as sales manager after 42 years of continuous service (the longest tenure of any non-family member).
  • 1981
    Greg Burleson begins his career as the 4th generation enters the company.
  • 1985
    National Honey Board is established with Ame Burleson as first employee. Industry leaders meet in Dallas to hire and staff the organization.
  • 1986
    Burleson's Honey introduces complete line of oval plastic packaging, the first in the honey industry, with drip-proof spouts for convenience.
  • 1996
    Burleson's Honey debuts on the Web for the first time.
  • 1997
    Tim Burleson, Tom Ed's second son, begins his career at Burleson's Honey as the raw honey buyer.
    Burleson's Honey celebrates 90 years of business, making us the oldest honey packers in the United States.
  • 2000
    Burleson's introduces its product line into Southern California. The company completes its conversion to PET Plastic for its Burleson's "blue label" clover honey. The packaging is an update to the original plastic design introduced in 1986.
  • 2001
    Raymond Dyess retires from the company at age 78. This marks his second retirement from the company.
  • 2003
    Burleson's Honey introduces the Don Amusan Hispanic product line targeted toward the 20 million Hispanics in the Southwest.
  • 2004
    Annie Burleson, Greg's daughter, begins her career as the 5th generation enters the family business.
    To cater to the Dollar Store consumer, Burleson's introduces the Junior Bear Program in an 8 oz. container.
  • 2005
    Burleson's expands the Junior Bear Program to include a 12 oz. product. Burleson's updates its classic branded label to incorporate an updated metallic look in its 12 oz. and 24 oz. product lines.
  • 2007
    Burleson's embarks on its 100th year of business.
  • 2013
    Burleson’s Inc. has been designated as the recipient of the Heritage Award by the Baylor University Institute for Family Business!
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