Walton’s Inc. was originally founded in 1986 under the name Mid-Western Research & Supply Inc. Mid-Western’s founder, Don Walton, had been working as a purchaser for a meat processor when he realized there was a need for on-site expertise, especially in the grinding phase of processing. Don Walton soon left his job with that processor to start his own business, Mid-Western Research & Supply. He designed Mid-Western to be a service-oriented company, offering meat processing knowledge and providing high-quality products from SPECO INC and other various companies.
In 1996, Mid-Western’s supply and equipment line expanded as Don’s son, Brett, entered into the industry by joining Don in the purchase of Holly Harned’s. They both continued working together and growing Mid-Western until December of 2009 when CEO Donald (Don) Walton retired after having worked in the industry for over 20 years. Taking over for his father, Brett Walton became President and CEO in January of 2010 and continues to serve in that position today.
In March of 2012, Mid-Western Research & Supply, Inc. underwent an official name change and became Walton’s Inc. This new name helped to represent the current business in a more accurate manner, reminding customers that while the company had changed and grown, it was still owned and operated by the Walton Family and still focused on serving the needs of the independent meat processor.
Even today, the Walton Family is still heavily involved in the daily operations and management of Walton’s Inc. In addition to Brett, several members of the Walton family have been with the company for a number of years and continue to work together. Don’s daughter, Stephanie, has been with the company since 1990 and is the Office Manager. Brett’s wife, Sandy, is the Creative Director and has been with the company since 2001. Two of their sons, Austin and Dylan, represent the third generation of Walton’s participating in the family business. Austin has completed his college degree and has been with the company since his high school years, currently he serves as the IT Manager, and is gaining hands-on experience in running and managing all aspects of the family business. Dylan is currently in his third year at Kansas State University in the Food Science Undergraduate Program. He works for the company in the summer in Wichita and also during the school year in Manhattan. Dylan has also been with the company since his high school years.
Walton’s Inc. is a proud supporter of the meat processing industry and is a longtime member of more than 10 state associations as well as AAMP (American Association of Meat Processors).
At Walton's, we are committed to growing and expanding our inventory to meet the changing needs of our customers. To help uphold that commitment, in the Summer of 2013, we completed a warehouse expansion that grew our facility to 50,000 square feet. This expansion allows us to increase our overall stock quantities as well as add items to our inventory so that we may continue to provide you with the best products and service possible. With approximately 3,500 items ready for same day shipment, our central location in Wichita, Kansas helps to ensure your products get to you as quickly and efficiently as possible.
We take great pride in serving you and welcome your feedback on our products and services. Please visit us on the web, call on the phone or contact us by e-mail with any questions you may have. Our knowledgeable staff is always ready to help you, whatever your needs may be.