History of Mascot Pecan Shelling Company, Inc.
The Mascot, in Glennville, Georgia, had a humble beginning in 1955 as a roadside tourist stop and gas station, catering to those traveling to and from Florida on the once busy Highway 301. Started by Mills and Juliet Tarver, the Mascot quickly became known for its unique handmade candies and fresh Georgia pecans.
Mills started shelling pecans by hand and putting them in bags for tourists. Customers were soon calling back and asking for more. That’s when Mills started a small, mail order business shipping pecans. As the business grew, Mills added an automated cracking system and formed Mascot Pecan Company specializing in fresh-shelled Georgia pecans. The roadside store and gas station were closed in the late 1960s when most of the traffic on Hwy. 301 was routed to Interstate-95
Mills’ and Juliet’s sons, Kenny Tarver and Tim Tarver, took advantage of the opportunity to buy the business from their father in 1991. “We grew up in the business. I’ve never worked anywhere else. We learned the business from the bottom up. My father was so proud to see his two sons take over and continue the family business,” Kenny said. From it’s humble beginnings sixty years ago, the Mascot has evolved into an integrated shelled pecan and candy processor for the specialty food enthusiast.
Today, the Mascot Pecan Shelling Company, Inc. stands in the same location where the original Mascot stood. As a second generation family business, we hope you enjoy our products as much as we enjoy supplying them to you!