From long tables in a barn in 1928, the Durham Pecan legacy was born when W.M. Durham, Sr. had a vision of providing people with the freshest and highest quality pecans. He wanted to help people earn money during hard times, so he set up tables for workers to shell pecans by hand, earning money when the pecan meat was weighed. In 1998, the current owner of Durham’s, H.L. “Odie” Dollins, combined Durham’s with Ellis Pecan to form Durham-Ellis Pecan Company. 85 years later, the company is still family owned and operated. Durham-Ellis Pecan Company calls Comanche, Texas home with facilities covering over 130,000 square feet. Each year, the company shells millions of pounds of pecans and roasts millions of pounds of various other nuts. Durham-Ellis Pecan Company also produces candies and their products go to grocery stores, ingredient users, bakeries, food service suppliers and restaurants.