The newest venture by Mitchell Lewis & Staver
Since an early age, the founder of Threemile Vineyard, David Brown, has been captivated by the Oregon wine industry and yearned to be a part of it. It is what led him to expand the Mitchell Lewis & Staver brand to include an independent wine import and distribution business, Mitchell Wine Group, in 2004. A rewarding venture that introduced David to fine wines from across the world; and yet, his desire to cultivate, to tend nature, only grew stronger.
Threemile Vineyard saw its first planting in 2019 after an advanced irrigation system was custom designed and installed by Mitchell Lewis & Staver. The state-of-the-art system will offer precise control of the vineyard’s microclimates and ensure premium quality grapes for the finest wines in the world for decades to come.
Henry Mitchell and his wife emigrate from Scotland to Chicago.
The Oregon Trail
Henry’s eldest son, William Mitchell, at the age of 18 heads west with thousands of others crossing the Missouri River at Council Bluff, Iowa along the Oregon Trail.
By 1864, Henry Mitchell had achieved business success not possible in Scotland.
Move To Portland
In 1880 the Mitchell, Lewis & Co. plant in Wisconsin burned to the ground.
In 1891 the firm took over Staver & Walker, an early Portland firm dedicated to selling all kinds of machinery and durable goods.
The Mitchell Motor Co.
The Mitchell Motor Co. is born in 1902, becoming one of the first American manufacturers of the modern gasoline-powered automobile.
Focusing on core agricultural durable goods sales, business continued to flourish and expand in the period leading up to World War II.
The Brown Era
In 1952, the company hired a young pump salesman, Hugh Brown.
The Great Shift
Mitchell Lewis & Staver Co. propelled into the computer age with the purchase of its first IBM System 3 Model 6 in 1972.
The board elects Hugh Brown as president and general manager of the company.
The board unanimously elects David Brown as president.
In October, after purchasing all remaining shares from his brother Dean, David Brown becomes the first person in the company’s history to own 100 percent of the company’s stock.
David sees a newspaper classified ad for 200 acres of land in The Dalles with “vineyard/orchard potential” and makes an offer.
a commitment to customers
The fundamental component to the adaptability of Mitchell Lewis & Staver is their commitment to quality of service and personal relationships inside and outside the company. Not only do they focus on the companies with whom they do business, they provide employees with an environment that promotes growth and opportunity.
David Brown characterizes it as an environment “where there’s a voice for them.” He says “It’s important that they know it’s a democracy, where they feel they’re heard and their ideas are listened to, where they feel there is structure, support, and a clear direction.”
The company whose origins started in 1834 has built upon the dozens of entrepreneurial successes and experiments. Spanning decades, Mitchell Lewis & Staver has carried forth the ideals of quality, knowledge, service and support with the underpinning of customer relations. Their success with their clients, end users, employees and the agricultural community results from the relationships they cultivate and foster.