About Us

Blue Ribbon Seasoning is a family owned business. Our seasonings have been hand-blended since 1957.

Our Original Blend recipe was created by our Grandpa Kelly Ryan after he had experimented for years to create the perfect blend.

Generations of our family have loved Grandpa’s Seasoning, and we invite you to give it a try!

More History About Kelly Ryan

Kelly RyanKelly Ryan was born in 1919 and grew up during the Great Depression. He dropped out of high school after 11th grade to make ends meet. He began collecting scrap iron and hauling it to scrap yards in Omaha, NE to make some money.

He also worked on a farm at the time for 75 cents a day.

After breaking his back in a workplace accident, he began tinkering with this or that in his garage. He built his first piece of machinery out of scrap iron.

It was a chain & flight elevator… that would later become a product sold by the thousands to farmers all over the USA.

In 1945, Kelly started Kelly Ryan Equipment company…

The company grew by grit and innovation of the course of many years, becoming one of the foremost farm machinery companies of its day.

Here’s a photo of a fleet of new trucks for the company’s salesmen back in the day.

Kelly Ryan

At one time Kelly Ryan Equipment employed over 400 people in the small town of Blair, Nebraska.

The company is still family owned today and ships farm equipment and heavy machinery all over the world.

In addition to running a manufacturing business…

Kelly was a land developer, a newspaper publisher, and a restaurateur.

We love that last part the most.

And we think you will too!