West Coast Tomato LLC had its beginnings in Florida in the 1920s. John McClure had relocated from Virginia to Manatee County in Florida to work as an Extension Agent in the agriculture industry. Soon John met and married Versenoia Thomas. His father-in-law Lewis Peyton Thomas had been raised in the Manatee area and was familiar with the local agriculture industry.
John McClure eventually began farming tomatoes himself. In 1948, his youngest son, Dan Peyton McClure returned to Manatee County from the University of Florida with an Economics degree after serving in World War II. Dan began farming with his dad and married Corrine Anderson in 1948 who also became involved in guiding the tomato operations. They eventually started a packinghouse for packing and shipping the tomatoes they grew in Manatee County. The packinghouse was named West Coast Tomato because it was situated on the west coast of Florida.
In 1976 Dan’s youngest son Daniel Carr (DC) McClure began working in the farming operations after receiving an Agriculture degree from the University of Florida. In 1986, McClure Farms expanded into the Immokalee area of Florida to expand its shipping window through the winter months. DC and his dad began growing the farming acreage and as a result built a new packing facility to accommodate the increased production.
In 1989, Dan’s son-in-law Bob Spencer became involved in the packing operation. With the new century came further growth for West Coast Tomato and McClure Farms. The farming operation expanded into growing Roma tomatoes and the packinghouse installed a new computerized camera driven grading line. West Coast is able to run Roma and round tomatoes on the same machine in the packinghouse.
In 2009 DC’s nephew Todd McClure began working in the farming operations making the 5th generation to be involved in the farming operations.