George L. Barden teamed up with Roscoe J. Robeson in Penn Yan, New York, nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, to form a lucrative partnership. Little did they know, the Barden and Robeson Corporation, which started with production of spokes and hubs for wagon wheels, would become a premier corporation that would continue to flourish for generations to come.
To accommodate the rapidly growing fruit trade in the Finger Lakes region, the Barden and Robeson Corporation changed its focus to bushel baskets in 1911. Business continued to grow and by the 1920’s, wicker baby furniture was added to the company’s product line. The 1940’s brought World War II, which shifted Barden and Robeson’s focus once again. Bushel basket and furniture production were put on hold in order to assist the US government in the war effort by assembling ammunition boxes.