Factories for processing sugar beets sprang up in communities of eastern Colorado in the early years of the twentieth century. Plants in Loveland, Eaton, Greeley,
Windsor, Longmont, Ft. Collins, and other towns were combined under the management of the Great Western Sugar Company. The principal organizers of which in 1906, were Charles Boettcher, Chester S. Morey, Mahlon D. Thatcher, Charles S. Waterman, Henry M. Porter, H.O. Havemeyer, and the American Sugar
Refining Company. The company's operations eventually expanded throughout several western states.