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About Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially at Gilster-Mary Lee. A private-label cereal manufacturer in the US, Gilster-Mary Lee makes more than 8,000 products more than 500 private labels, including breakfast cereal, cake, baking mixes, cocoa and other drink mixes, dinner mixes, pasta, and more. It also has its own Hospitality label. It operates about 15 manufacturing plants in four states and its products are available worldwide. In addition, the Gilster truck fleet delivers products throughout the US and Canada. The company was founded in 1895.


The company has retail products such as baking needs, mixes, pasta and cereals. For food service products, it includes batter, chocolate drink, dairy and stuffing, amongst others. Moreover, the Gilster truck fleet delivers products and shipments.

Geographic Reach

With plants in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. Illinois-based Gilster-Mary Lee provides its products worldwide. Gilster-Mary Lee has 9 locations that are strategically located in the Midwestern United States across four state. Furthermore, the company operates some 15 manufacturing plants, and boasts its own fleet of trucks.

Sales and Marketing

Gilster-Mary Lee markets is product online.

Company Background

in mid-2012 Gilster-Mary Lee acquired the assets of family-owned, Indiana-based Little Crow Foods, including FastShake pancake mixes, Fryin' Magic and Baking Miracle seasoned coating mixes, and Miracle Maize corn bread and muffin mixes, as well as inventory, product formulas, and equipment. Gilster will continue to market the acquired brands under their established names.

The Gilster family founded the company as a flour mill in 1895. It is run by the great-nephews of the company's founders.

Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation

1037 State St
Chester, IL 62233-1657
Phone: 1 (618) 826-2361

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
President and CEO: Donald Welge
CFO: Michael Welge
Sanitation Safety Director: Lisa Woodside
Employees (This Location): 600
Employees (All Locations): 4,200

Major Office Locations

Chester, IL

Other Locations

Wilson, AR
Centralia, IL
Chester, IL
Momence, IL
Ridgway, IL
Sparta, IL
Steeleville, IL
Jasper, MO
Joplin, MO
Mc Bride, MO
Perryville, MO