In 1945, J.B. Easterlin, Jr. began his career in agriculture as a 4,500 acre pecan, produce, and cattle farmer. Later joined by his son, Bill Easterlin, the father and son partnership worked hard to establish their farming business in Montezuma, Georgia. With the expansion of chain grocery stores and the changing food industry in the 1960s, the Easterlin family began to transform their business. The company started to focus specifically on pecans and, in 1969, the Easterlin family sold their farm in order to focus solely on the process of buying and selling pecans.
In 1970, Billy Easterlin entered the family business with his father and began Easterlin Pecan Company, Inc. As the business continued to grow, Billy’s brother, J.B. Easterlin III, joined the company in 1978. With the addition of another family member to the business, the Easterlins opened a second office in Fort Valley, Georgia in order to better serve their customers. Easterlin Pecan Company continued to work hard throughout the 1980s and 1990s to provide services in all markets, striving to partner as a dependable intermediary between growers and purchasers of pecans. In the early 2000s, Easterlin Pecan Company expanded into the international market, specifically helping introduce pecans to Chinese customers. Will Easterlin joined his grandfather, father, and uncle in the family business in 2003 as the pecan industry continued to evolve. As a result, exporting pecans has become a major part of Easterlin Pecan Company’s business. Since the introduction of pecans to China, Easterlin Pecan Company has become the leading exporter of in-shell pecans internationally.
This family business, with over 70 years in the industry, values integrity, fairness, and working relationships that help provide unique services throughout the pecan purchasing process. Easterlin Pecan Company is a reliable, experienced business that has been passed down through generations, and it is a company that will continue to serve its customers for many years to come.