John Lamar, his wife Carol, and their son Bob started Lamar Pecan Co during the late 1970’s.The family couldn’t afford expensive equipment at the time, so John and Bob did much of the work by hand. Mrs. Carol kept all the company’s files and financial records. Through building good business relationships and hard work, the three pioneers proved they could be successful in what was a very small industry at the time, and they began to grow. The company bought its first tractor within a few years, and gradually added more acres to its production. In 1992, the company built its own cleaning plant, and in the early 2000’s they began exporting much of their production to China.
Today, Bob operates Lamar Pecan Co with his son R.G., and his step son Grant. One of the largest pecan farms in Georgia, the company manages about 2,300 acres of pecans. The farm’s production averages over 2.5 million pounds per year and includes several varieties such as Desirable, Stuart, Schley, Sumner, Cape Fear, and others.