Timeline

1924
1924

Mildred Dalton began making mayonnaise with leftover egg yolks from her small rock home.

Mildred Dalton began making mayonnaise with leftover egg yolks from her small rock home.

Mildred Dalton began making mayonnaise with leftover egg yolks from her small rock home.

1925
1925

Jessie Otis Dalton sells mayonnaise in a one-room grocery store in Fort Worth.

Jessie Otis Dalton sells mayonnaise in a one-room grocery store in Fort Worth.

Jessie Otis Dalton sells mayonnaise in a one-room grocery store in Fort Worth.

1926
1926

Best Maid Products is founded. The family opens a small production factory on Evans Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas and makes direct sales door-to-door and to small grocery stores selling single jars of pickles and condiments from Best Maid delivery trucks.

Best Maid Products is founded. The family opens a small production factory on Evans Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas and makes direct sales door-to-door and to small grocery stores selling single jars of pickles and condiments from Best Maid delivery trucks.

Best Maid Products is founded. The family opens a small production factory on Evans Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas and makes direct sales door-to-door and to small grocery stores selling single jars of pickles and condiments from Best Maid delivery trucks.

1937
1937

Future Chairman of the Board Gary Dalton is Born in Mansfield, Texas.

Future Chairman of the Board Gary Dalton is Born in Mansfield, Texas.

Future Chairman of the Board Gary Dalton is Born in Mansfield, Texas.

1940
1940

Mildred and Jessie's daughter, Margie, graces the front of every jar of Best Maid and later evolves into a caricature that is known as Smiley.

Mildred and Jessie's daughter, Margie, graces the front of every jar of Best Maid and later evolves into a caricature that is known as Smiley.

Mildred and Jessie's daughter, Margie, graces the front of every jar of Best Maid and later evolves into a caricature that is known as Smiley.

1946
1946

Manufacturing facilities are relocated to Riverside Drive as economy turns around and business picks up. Larger facilities allow Best Maid to gain new distribution throughout Texas.

Manufacturing facilities are relocated to Riverside Drive as economy turns around and business picks up. Larger facilities allow Best Maid to gain new distribution throughout Texas.

Manufacturing facilities are relocated to Riverside Drive as economy turns around and business picks up. Larger facilities allow Best Maid to gain new distribution throughout Texas.

1955
1955

Gary Dalton, grandson of the founders, begins working at Best Maid. He loads trucks and remembers unloading boxcars of glass, salt stock, and other raw materials in bulk. He later moves to sales after working in virtually every area of the plant. (Left to Right: Jessie Otis Dalton, Gary Otis Dalton, Mildred Dalton, grandson Carl Koch, son Garland Otis Dalton)

Gary Dalton, grandson of the founders, begins working at Best Maid. He loads trucks and remembers unloading boxcars of glass, salt stock, and other raw materials in bulk. He later moves to sales after working in virtually every area of the plant. (Left to Right: Jessie Otis Dalton, Gary Otis Dalton, Mildred Dalton, grandson Carl Koch, son Garland Otis Dalton)

Gary Dalton, grandson of the founders, begins working at Best Maid. He loads trucks and remembers unloading boxcars of glass, salt stock, and other raw materials in bulk. He later moves to sales after working in virtually every area of the plant. (Left to Right: Jessie Otis Dalton, Gary Otis Dalton, Mildred Dalton, grandson Carl Koch, son Garland Otis Dalton)

1956
1956

The development of a new tank yard facility in Mansfield on wide-open land is planned to accommodate future growth.

The development of a new tank yard facility in Mansfield on wide-open land is planned to accommodate future growth.

The development of a new tank yard facility in Mansfield on wide-open land is planned to accommodate future growth.

1960
1960

Patricia Dalton, granddaughter of the founders, begins working at Best Maid Products, Inc. She works in production, at the tank yard, and eventually settles into providing the company with exemplary financial leadership as Chief Financial Officer.

Patricia Dalton, granddaughter of the founders, begins working at Best Maid Products, Inc. She works in production, at the tank yard, and eventually settles into providing the company with exemplary financial leadership as Chief Financial Officer.

Patricia Dalton, granddaughter of the founders, begins working at Best Maid Products, Inc. She works in production, at the tank yard, and eventually settles into providing the company with exemplary financial leadership as Chief Financial Officer.

1962
1962

A strategic company investment is made when Son Dalton facilitates the acquisition of Del-Dixi Products. Today Del-Dixi is one the strongest regional pickle labels in Texas.

A strategic company investment is made when Son Dalton facilitates the acquisition of Del-Dixi Products. Today Del-Dixi is one the strongest regional pickle labels in Texas.

A strategic company investment is made when Son Dalton facilitates the acquisition of Del-Dixi Products. Today Del-Dixi is one the strongest regional pickle labels in Texas.

1963
1963

Traveling salesmen promote Del-Dixi across the great state of Texas. Today Del-Dixi is one of the strongest regional pickle brands in the Southwest.

Traveling salesmen promote Del-Dixi across the great state of Texas. Today Del-Dixi is one of the strongest regional pickle brands in the Southwest.

Traveling salesmen promote Del-Dixi across the great state of Texas. Today Del-Dixi is one of the strongest regional pickle brands in the Southwest.

1965
1965

Older wooden tanks become relics of the past. The introduction of fiberglass pickle tanks is a quality move that the pickle industry soon adopts as standard

Older wooden tanks become relics of the past. The introduction of fiberglass pickle tanks is a quality move that the pickle industry soon adopts as standard

Older wooden tanks become relics of the past. The introduction of fiberglass pickle tanks is a quality move that the pickle industry soon adopts as standard

1970
1970

Numerous expansion programs result in a total of 5 buildings housing manufacturing, processing, warehousing, shipping, and offices.

Numerous expansion programs result in a total of 5 buildings housing manufacturing, processing, warehousing, shipping, and offices.

Numerous expansion programs result in a total of 5 buildings housing manufacturing, processing, warehousing, shipping, and offices.

1980
1980

Chris Dalton, great grandson of the founders, begins working summers at the tank yard where 30 million pounds of cucumbers are received each summer.

Chris Dalton, great grandson of the founders, begins working summers at the tank yard where 30 million pounds of cucumbers are received each summer.

Chris Dalton, great grandson of the founders, begins working summers at the tank yard where 30 million pounds of cucumbers are received each summer.

1986
1986

Warehouse distribution center is complete.

Warehouse distribution center is complete.

Warehouse distribution center is complete.

1997
1997

Expansion of tank yard provides increased storage space to accommodate growing business.

Expansion of tank yard provides increased storage space to accommodate growing business.

Expansion of tank yard provides increased storage space to accommodate growing business.

1999
1999

Best Maid launches a web-site providing a convenient and proactive medium for consumer feedback as well as providing a historical perspective on the company.

Best Maid launches a web-site providing a convenient and proactive medium for consumer feedback as well as providing a historical perspective on the company.

Best Maid launches a web-site providing a convenient and proactive medium for consumer feedback as well as providing a historical perspective on the company.

2000
2000

Patricia Dalton retires.
Brian Dalton named President

Patricia Dalton retires.
Brian Dalton named President

Patricia Dalton retires.
Brian Dalton named President

2004
2004

Newly Designed Trucks hit the highways.

Newly Designed Trucks hit the highways.

Newly Designed Trucks hit the highways.

2005
2005

New Processing Building opens.

New Processing Building opens.

New Processing Building opens.

2006
2006

Best Maid label revised for 1st time in 40 years.

Best Maid label revised for 1st time in 40 years.

Best Maid label revised for 1st time in 40 years.

2009
2009

Introduction of Dilly Bites
Roger Fort is promoted to Chief Information Officer

Introduction of Dilly Bites
Roger Fort is promoted to Chief Information Officer

Introduction of Dilly Bites
Roger Fort is promoted to Chief Information Officer

2010
2010

Noah Bass is promoted to Vice President of Sales.
Best Maid becomes the OFFICIAL PICKLE of the Dallas Cowboys!
JB Hunt becomes Best Maids Dedicated Contract Services Transportation Carrier.

Noah Bass is promoted to Vice President of Sales.
Best Maid becomes the OFFICIAL PICKLE of the Dallas Cowboys!
JB Hunt becomes Best Maids Dedicated Contract Services Transportation Carrier.

Noah Bass is promoted to Vice President of Sales.
Best Maid becomes the OFFICIAL PICKLE of the Dallas Cowboys!
JB Hunt becomes Best Maids Dedicated Contract Services Transportation Carrier.

2017
2017

Best Maid proudly becomes a sponsor of Make-A-Wish North Texas.

Best Maid proudly becomes a sponsor of Make-A-Wish North Texas.

Best Maid proudly becomes a sponsor of Make-A-Wish North Texas.

2019
2019

Best Maid partners with Martin House Brewing Co. to launch the Beer Pickle and the Pickle Beer.

Best Maid partners with Martin House Brewing Co. to launch the Beer Pickle and the Pickle Beer.

Best Maid partners with Martin House Brewing Co. to launch the Beer Pickle and the Pickle Beer.

2019
1925