Swany White Flour Mill was built in the late 1800’s by a man named Anton Hoeschen.
There were a few different owners until 1903 when it was purchased by Hubert and
Peter Thelen. After these two brothers died it was taken over by Walter Thelen, Pete’s son and Jack
Thelen Hubert’s son. Around 1913-1914 the mill was remodeled extensively adding a basement and 3 rd
story to make it what it was today. After Walter Thelen took over he recognized the need for more
variety in products and more competitive pricing. Eventually this idea generated the need to expand
into the organic and specialty product markets. In 1998 the mill was purchased by Gary Thelen,
Walter’s son who with his wife Sharon are the current owners. In 1980 Swany White Flour Mill property
was entered into the National Register of Historic Sites. This means it has been recognized by the
Federal Government as worthy of preservation for its significance in American history, architecture,
archeology, engineering and culture.
On December 27, 2011 the historic Swany White Flour Mills was destroyed by fire. It was a sad day not
only for the Thelen Family who ran the mill for over 100 years but the entire community. Swany White
Flour Mill was a huge part of the Freeport skyline. This brings us to where we are today. Since the
Swany White name had been around for over 100 years the family decided it wasn’t time to let it die
and decided to rebuild the business in a slightly more modern fashion yet creating the same quality
Present Day Swany White
Swany White Flour Mill is a central Minnesota based flour wholesaler and manufacturer dedicated to
providing our customers with professional services and high quality flour products. Swany White offers
only the best flour and products in the industry. Our new facility enables us to provide high levels of
quality products that are always fresh and available. Swany White’s primary focus in on keeping our
customers satisfied with reliable service, competitive pricing, and a professional and knowledgeable
The new Swany White Flour Mill began construction on June 12, 2012. We will carry nearly all of the
previous products with again a large focus on organic products. There will be many new and exciting
ventures such as small packaging equipment, automated sealing equipment which Gary is looking
forward to, and finally the much requested website and on line product sales, this would be Sharon’s
dream come true. So thank you to all of our faithful customers who stuck with us through these
very trying times, and welcome to any new comers, we think you will like it here at Swany White.
Meet The Owners
Gary Thelen is the 3rd Generation owner of Swany White Flour Mill. He and his wife Sharon
purchased the mill from Gary’s father Walter in 1998. And of course the most often asked question….
Will one of our three children carry on the legacy?