William Wallace Cargill began the business in 1865 in Conover, Iowa. The Cargill grain elevator in Harrisonburg, Virginia is now one of many aspects of the international corporation for agriculture-related industries. In the 1950s, Cargill emerged as a major international merchandizer and processor for agricultural and related commodities. The company
…developed a transportation and grain elevator system that enabled it to respond to worldwide demand…(Kingsley Smith, 2010, “The History of Shaver Breeding Farms,” p. 32.)
The Harrisonburg facility produces turkey feed. The single elevator tower located across the street is the tallest structure in downtown Harrisonburg.