CREATING A DAIRY IN THE

LAS VEGAS DESERT

 

 

 

Back in 1907, when Las Vegas was just a sleepy little railroad town, a dairy farmer named Harry Anderson started a dairy farm on a sparsely vegetated piece of land, way out in the countryside, across from what is now University Medical Center on West Charleston Boulevard.

 

With a little luck and a lot of hard work, Harry succeeded in raising a small herd of 10-15 milking cows.

 

Since this relatively new western town was without the modern convenience of refrigeration, Harry Anderson delivered his milk by horse-drawn wagon twice a day to ensure that his customers always had fresh milk.  Wet burlap was draped over the bottles in the back of the wagon to keep them cool.  A Las Vegas tradition was born!

OUR LEADERS

KENNY SEARLES

GLEN COON

HAROLD BELLANGER

DAVE COON

DOUG COON

﷯enny Searles came to Las Vegas from Denver and in 1934, purchased Anderson Dairy. Mr. Searles, along with friend and General Manager, Glen Coon, became the driving force behind the growth of Anderson Dairy. By the 1940s delivery had expanded to not only Las Vegas, but also Nellis, Searchlight, Boulder City, the Titanium plant in Henderson and the three major hotels – El Rancho, the Last Frontier and the Biltmore. The dairy moved from its original location on West Charleston to the corner of Hoover and 5th Street. Then in 1956, in response to the company’s quickly growing customer base, Anderson Dairy built the largest, most advanced dairy processing plant in the southwest. Consisting of a 37,000 square foot processing and bottling plant, this new facility incorporated the latest, most up-to-date equipment and technology available. Anderson Dairy made a solid commitment to serve the growing community of Las Vegas. Today, over a century later, the principles on which we were founded still prove successful. We will continue to provide our customers with the finest dairy products, the most dependable service, and a reason to trust in our name. A lot has changed over the years, one thing hasn't - our commitment to quality. We will continue to give you our very best; we believe it's the way Harry would have wanted it to be.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

 

The families of both Kenny Searles & Glen Coon still

own and operate the dairy today, making Anderson Dairy

one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Las Vegas.

Harold & Janiece Bellanger

Kenny Searles

Glen & Dorothy Coon

Harold Belllanger, son-in-law of Kenny Searles, dedicated over 50 years of his life to Anderson Dairy and worked full-time as CEO & President until his passing in June 2016.

 

Kenny Searles purchased Anderson Dairy in 1934 and was the driving force behind the growth and success of our company.  Mr. Searles built the foundation for Anderson Dairy  to become what it is today- "The Hometown Dairy of Las Vegas."

Glen Coon began working at Anderson Dairy and quickly worked his way from a route driver to Mr. Searles' "right-hand-man" and General Manager.

 

 

Dave Coon

Doug Coon

Glen Coon's two sons, Dave Coon & Doug Coon, have also dedicated their lives to Anderson Dairy and they both continue to lead the company today. Dave is the current President of Sales & Marketing and Doug is the President of Operations.

A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST...

 

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