Butterball was founded in June of 1940 when Ada Walker of Wyoming, Ohio, applied for a patent for her way of making turkey. Today, Butterball is one of the leading producers of turkeys in the US. The company sells more than 1 billion pounds of turkey meat each year.
Although the Butterball name has been around since 1940, the word was actually just a trademark. It became a company in 2006 when Maxwell Farms and Seaboard Corporation, who each owned half of the name, decided to join forces and create Butterball, LLC.
In 2008, the company states that it had $1.5 billion in revenue and employs more than 5,500 persons. The company is most famous for its pop-out type of timer, which indicates that the turkey is thoroughly cooked, as well as their Turkey Talk Line, where customers can ask for help with their turkey.
Butterball maintains a corporate office in Garner, North Carolina.