"Fourth of July" like hot dogs on the grill. But the holiday is about
more than just food, it's about celebrating the traditions of American
families. One Bangor company has both those things wrapped up into a
business that is more than 150 years old: W.A. Bean of Bangor.
The story of W.A. Bean began in 1860 when Albert Bean started a whole
sale meat production facility in downtown Bangor. It operated until the
20th century, when immigration and a world war brought people from far
away lands to central Maine.
"All the German sausage makers that had come over from Germany, and
they had all these formulas and knew how to make sausage products," said
fourth generation owner Al Bean.
Albert and his son Wesley moved the business to Pickering Square in
1918, and began selling their newly developed sausage products to the
The company moved to Bomarc road in the 1960's and has been producing
high quality hot dogs there ever since. And Beans believe that quality
is what has allowed them to be the last dog standing after all these
years. They are the only remaining hot dog production facility in Maine.
For the Beans, the old saying is true for 4th of July celebrations and for hot dog making: everything is better with family.