A Look Back in Time: Borden’s Milk Factory

Recently a new business opened in Huntley – Sew Hop’d Brewery & Taproom— in a building that was once the “Queen of the West” Borden Milk Factory (circa 1907). The building has been a milk factory, Fencil’s gasket company, and currently also houses the Union Special Machine Company, manufacturers of various machines and parts including sewing machines.

This factory faces south along the Chicago and Northwestern railroad tracks in Huntley. The local factory was a success due to the surplus of milk produced by area farmers. The convenience of the railroad system made it easy for Borden’s to ship their products to Chicago.