Reese Boatman, Karl Obluda and Jim Boyd started Longmont Dairy Farms. Each had worked in the industry in different capacities and were interested in running their own business. They decided to start an old-fashioned dairy at a time when supermarkets were growing very rapidly. Karl left the company a few years later, but Jim and Reese continued until they both retired in 1988.
Longmont Dairy Farms was started with a small processing plant behind the Boyd’s home on Coffman Street, a small dairy herd and an old milk truck. This early photo shows the newly built plant after the Boyd home was removed (note the 1962 Ford Fairlane Galaxy and, to the left, the old 1950’s style Divco milk truck with the rounded back). They milked the cows by 6:00 a.m., processed the milk the same day, and delivered it cold and fresh by 6:00 a.m. the following morning. In the ‘60s, customers would come by the family home to buy milk from the dairy. David’s mother and sister would go out to the processing plant, behind the house, to sell milk in bottles to the customers.
Home Delivery continues to be popular in Longmont and surrounding areas during the years when it was being phased out in the rest of the country.
Co-founders Boyd and Boatman retired from the business in 1988. The family tradition was assured when David and Susan Boyd entered the business.
David and Susan rented a new farm, the processing plant and store. They purchased a new herd of Holstein dairy cows, reorganizing as Longmont Dairy Farm, Inc.
The first MOOO NEWS was published as a unique way to keep customers informed and provide feedback to Longmont Dairy Farm.
Glass bottle supplies were threatened with only one manufacturer of glass milk bottles remaining in the country by the early 1990s. The Boyd’s commitment to glass led them on a frantic search. With average use of bottles at twenty times, the supply was critical. For a few months, it looked like we would be forced to find another container. Fortunately, our bottle cap supplier saw the need for milk bottles and started producing them just as Longmont Dairy was running out of bottles. Today, customers enjoy the best of both worlds: safe and clean milk in really cold glass bottles that are returnable, thus saving plastic from the landfills. Some things don’t get any better!
Longmont Dairy bought a new, larger farm and expanded the existing barn to milk more cows.
Longmont Dairy begins serving customers of Golden Peak Dairy, in Golden, the original training ground of the farm’s founders.
New offices are opened to allow more space at the plant for more growth.
With a strong commitment to customer service, Longmont Dairy launches a Website with order-change forms, information on the company, nutritional data, a Kids’ Corner and Mooo Recipes.
The North Store, located on Hwy. 66 and North Main St. in Longmont, receives a new look and name. Filled with Farm Fresh products, from all over Colorado, the location was a fun stop for ice cream and dairy products.
Longmont Dairy hosts its first National Chocolate Milk Mustache Tour at the North Store. Jim and Reese had opened Longmont Dairy’s North Store, located on Highway 66 and North Main Street in Longmont, decades earlier. The location is a fun stop for ice cream and dairy products.
Taking advantage of new technology to improve customer service, online order changes are added to the website
Longmont Dairy’s North Store hosts the 2005 National Milk Mustache Tour.
Online order changes are added to the website. The North Store closes. Decades earlier, Jim and Reese opened the North Store on the corner of Hwy 66 and Main Street. The store was a popular place for customers to pick up milk.
Longmont Dairy opens its new office and truck repair facility. Longmont employees Lisa and Amy never thought that raising money to support the Denver Children’s Hospital would get the attention of Denver radio station Alice 105.9. On Wednesday, September 5, 2007 radio show hosts Slacker and Steve pay the office a visit. Slacker was originally from Longmont and grew up on our milk. In fact, he couldn’t wait to get a drink of our ice cold chocolate milk and when he learned he could get delivery in Denver he was overjoyed. We were able to support the Children’s Miracle Network and we got on the radio, too!
Longmont Dairy continues to advance technology, working on new internal and external systems to be implemented in 2009, helping our customers manage their accounts.
Longmont Dairy implements new internal and external systems to help our customers manage their accounts.
Longmont Dairy introduces our commitment to local sustainability and re-using glass bottles. Owners Susan and Dave Boyd continue in the family tradition of family business, welcoming son and daughter Katie Herrmann and Dan Boyd, who begin working at the dairy.
Longmont Dairy is featured on The Tonight Show broadcast October 3, 2011. The dairy’s selling brochure was targeted by Jay Leno as one of the evening’s humorous headlines. Leno brought down the house with the brochure’s verbiage of the dairy’s guarantee that their milk “is unconditionally guaranteed until you drink it!” Of course, what Longmont Dairy means is that they guarantee their milk, period.
Milk Caps for Mooola, a fundraiser program created by Longmont Dairy to help local schools earn needed funds for education, begins in November 2012.
After only two years, local schools participating in Longmont’s Milk Caps for Mooola fundraising program collect 1 Million bottle caps, earning $50,000 dollars for education.
Longmont Dairy celebrates its 50 year anniversary. Katie Herrmann and Dan Boyd become co-owners of Longmont Dairy following five years of training. Prior to joining Longmont, each had worked for large corporations in California and Colorado.