"Food in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It's not about nutrients and calories, it's about sharing. It's about honesty. It's about identity." - Louise Fresco

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1944

PHILIP G. BALL (1900-1991)
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Philip G. Ball was born in 1900, in Northern New Jersey. In the 1930's, his family relocated to Scranton, Pennsylvania. Philip worked for his father, Harris Ball, who ran a successful retail operation that sold textile goods to the miners and their families in Scranton. During the Great Depression, Harris Ball suffered a great financial loss and had to close his store. In 1926, Philip then began working in the produce business for his brother-in-law, Gary Shampanier. During these difficult economic times, Phil watched as price controls were in effect and people were hungry. This had a major impact on him. In 1944, Shampanier moved into the transportation business and Philip Ball opened Ball Brokerage Company in Scranton, PA. Phil took great pride in his business. His name for honesty, integrity, and hard work built him a loyal following. Many of our current shippers started doing business with Philip Ball and they continued to stay with our company in the decades since. Philip Ball lived into his early nineties and took extreme delight from having his family in the produce business and from his numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
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1951

PHILIP L. CUTLER (1925-1983)
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Philip L. Cutler was born on February 25, 1924, to Lithuanian immigrants Meyer and Sarah Cutler. His parents left Lithuania in 1921, shortly after World War I ended. They settled in Pittston, Pennsylvania, via Canada, where Meyer had a very successful butcher shop, which was his family's trade. Philip joined the U. S. Army and served with distinction, in the European theatre, during World War II . He was a brilliant man with an IQ over 180. His degrees from Penn State and the Sorbonne in Paris allowed him tremendous opportunity in government service, particularly in weapons research. Philip's team developed and perfected the proximity fuse. The fuse's success helped lead the United States to success over the Axis enemies. In 1947, Philip returned home to Scranton and worked with his father in his butcher shop until his father sold the store and retired. Philip's father-in-law, Philip Ball, was so impressed with Philip's intellect and work ethic, he offered him a business partnership in the Ball Brokerage Company. Philip Cutler sat across from Philip Ball in 1950 and began to learn the produce business. He perfected a series of trading concepts that carry through to the fourth generation of the family. His son, Harris Cutler, now sits at his father's old desk and the drawers still contain the same contents they did when Philip Cutler passed away in 1983. Philip Cutler lived long enough to achieve great success in the produce business. Race-West continues to operate under Philip Cutler’s original vision of dedication to quality and integrity.
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1967

BALL BROKERAGE
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December 7th, 1967- Philip L. Cutler purchased Ball Brokerage Company.
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1970

PHILIP G. BALL, INC.
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Philip G. Ball Company was incorporated on April 29, 1970. Our company is a team of experienced produce industry specialists that have been shipping quality vegetables and fruits receivers across the United States. The Philip G. Ball Company has long been known for its specialty in offering a vast variety of potatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables. We proudly serve terminal markets, wholesalers, food processors, re-packers and specialty receivers. The Philip G. Ball Company is a XXXX trading membership in the Blue Book and **** rating in the Red Book.
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1973

RACE-WEST
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Philip L. Cutler founded Race-West Company as an opportunity to expand the produce business for the Cutler family. Since then, Race-West has branched out into retail, food service, and contract growing with premier growers across the United States and Canada. Race-West has been at the forefront of the produce industry since 1973, and has earned the prestigious and ultra-exclusive XXXX trading membership in the Blue Book and **** rating in the Red Book.
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1988

RELOCATION
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April, 1988 - The Philip G. Ball Company was relocated from Scranton, PA to 600 South State Street, Clarks Summit, PA.
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1992

DANIEL CUTLER (1960-1992)
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Daniel Jacob Cutler, brother to Harris Cutler, was born in 1959 to Philip And Sarita Cutler. During his brief but meaningful produce career, Daniel helped to grow Ball Brokerage, now the Philip G. Ball Company, to be the successful business it has become today. His enthusiasm and focus on detail also helped in the development and expansion of the Race-West Company. Daniel Cutler passed away in a tragic car accident on November 15th.
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1993

SPARKY'S TRANSPORTATION
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September, 1993 - Sparky’s Transportation Corporation, named after Daniel Cutler, was founded. The decision to name the newly created freight contracting company Sparky’s was a dedication to Daniel’s memory. As a child, Daniel was affectionately called “Sparky” because the sparkle in his eyes caught the attention of everyone. Sparky’s has earned a **** Red Book rating as well as XXXX and AA pay rating in the Blue Book.
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2005

NEW CEO
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March, 2005 - Harris S. Cutler becomes CEO of Race-West, Philip G. Ball Co., and Sparky's Transportation Corporation.
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2011

NEW YORK OFFICE OPENS
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2011- Marcus and Geoffrey Cutler open the New York Office.