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In 1937, C.L. Williams started putting chili seasoning in small brown bags at his home in Webb City, Missouri. Of course this was not just any chili seasoning. It was a zesty, delicious blend of pure spices (no cheating with flour and fillers). Soon it could be found in many midwestern households, and Williams Foods grew. Conrad Hock, Jr. bought the company in 1963, and by 1984 moved to a larger facility in Lenexa, Kansas, where it operates today. Williams Foods is still proud of its chili seasoning, which remains one of its most popular products. There is even more to be proud of now. Williams is a leader in the food manufacturing industry with products ranging from chili and taco seasoning, to brown and country gravy, to canned chili beans and diced tomatoes. In 1998, Williams purchased SunBird, an Asian line of sauces and seasoning mixes. Today SunBird has widespread distribution across North America and has added dry soup mixes and liquid marinades to the line-up. Williams Foods boasts more than 200 employees, over 100 retail products and hundreds more with their private label, industrial and foodservice divisions. Their Private Label division works with many national companies to produce a line of products using their individual labeling. While their Industrial and Foodservice divisions do custom blends supplied to major manufacturers, school systems, and restaurants. A full Research and Development lab facilities keep Williams on the cutting edge of consumer taste trends and second-to-none Quality Assurance procedures follow good manufacturing practices to the letter. Concern for continued quality in product, and personal touch in service, is the foundation at Williams, whose employees say, Good Taste Runs in the Family.