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Since 1955

 

A Brief History

 

        La Mexicana was founded in 1955 and originally managed by Rudy Martinez.  Martinez and one other partner manufactured fresh corn and flour tortillas in a small building in White Center, WA.  The flour tortillas were produced two at a time on a small griddle, and the corn tortillas were machined through a tiny conveyor oven.  An entire days production rested comfortably on Rudy’s lap as he rode the streetcar to make deliveries to the few Mexican restaurants in existence at the time.  Rudy suffered heart problems in the mid 1960’s and sought a buyer for his fledgling business. 

        At the time, Martin Bloxham was a welder-blacksmith at the American Can Company.  Eager to make his own way in the world and build a better life for his family, Martin began building boat trailers in the basement of his Ballard home.  Seeking more space for the “trailer” business with a goal of independence, Martin learned of La Mexicana from a classified ad in the newspaper.  Martin didn’t even know what a tortilla was until his first visit meeting with Martinez, but the aroma and taste of his first oven-fresh tortilla convinced him to risk all but his last $20.00 to acquire the business.

        Martin’s son Keith began working at 16, and they partnered side-by-side to shepherd the business through dramatic growth.   Martin passed away in December of 1991, but his passion, work ethic, and customer driven focus is still vibrant and indelible in La Mexicana’s people and it’s products.