How Franklin Cider Mill Grew Alongside the State of Michigan: Business Biography


The state of Washington isn’t any. 1 in producing apples — about 4 times more apples than every other state. Latest York and Michigan are the no. 2 and no. 3 producers, respectively. The Franklin Cider Mill is pleased with the apples grown in Michigan and use only Michigan apples for its cider.

The Franklin Grist Mill accomplished construction in 1837, the identical 12 months Michigan gained its statehood. Across the turn of the century, the Franklin Grist Mill was flooded and shut down until the property was purchased in 1918 by Robert McKee.

McKee modified the mill from a grist mill to a cider mill and stipulated that the cider season would run from August 15 until January 1. Jack Peltz bought the cider mill in 1966 and it has remained within the family ever since.

Franklin Cider Miller’s third generation member of the family, Melanee Radner, and current CEO of the long-lasting business in Franklin, Michigan tells the story of how they delight customers every fall.

The WJR Business Biography hosts leading entrepreneurs to share the efforts behind constructing Southeast Michigan’s most successful brands.


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