BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Nothing says "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 people.
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.