Kilian Elected President Of National Grape Co-operative Association, Inc.
Concord, MA, March 29, 1996
Fredrick P. Kilian was elected president of the National Grape Co-operative Association at its recent board meeting in Buffalo, N.Y. National is the parent company of Welch's, the world's leading manufacturer of Concord-grape based products and the producer of a wide variety of bottled and frozen juices and assorted jams, jellies and other spreads products under the Welch's and BAMA brand names.
At the same meeting, Kilian was elected chairman of the 10-person Welch Board of Directors. The Welch board consists of four members of National, four outside directors and two members of Welch's senior executive management team -- Daniel P. Dillon, president and chief executive officer, and newly elected board member Thomas E. Callahan, senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Kilian, a resident of Sunnyside, Wash., has been a member of National since 1966. He has served as a National delegate and a National director for 20 years. In 1994 and 1995, Kilian was elected to the position of first vice president of the National board and has served for six years on the Welch board.
Active in local and state affairs, Kilian was previously National's representative on the Washington State Grape Research Council. He has served as a member and past director of the Washington State Grape Society, and as a member of the Farm Bureau. Kilian has also served on the Sunnyside Board of Education for 14 years.
He currently manages more than 150 acres of Concord and Niagara grapes in Sunnyside with his son Paul.
National represents more than 1,400 grape growers who raise Concord and Niagara grapes on more than 40,000 acres in Washington, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario, Canada.