Business 100 - 2008

Norman McClelland/Shamrock Food Company

Norman McClelland took his father’s small dairy in Tucson, Arizona and transformed it into Shamrock Foods Company – the largest dairy in the Southwest and the seventh largest food distribution company in the U.S.  As one of the largest employers in Arizona, Shamrock Foods is a significant contributor to the community by supporting more than 80 non-profit organizations  – many of which are education-focused – and donating more than 80,000 pounds of food per month. After 85 years of successful business growth, Norm is proud of the family company’s ability to thrive as one of the top five privately held Arizona-based companies. He, himself, serves as a role model for the philosophy he instills in his company, by actively supporting many charitable, business and community organizations including the University of Arizona, Barrow Neurological Foundation, Goldwater Institute, Thomas J. Pappus Elementary, Arizona State University, and the Irish Cultural & Learning Center. In homage to his Ulster roots, Norm is leading the charge to create an 11,000-square-foot state-of-the-art library at the Phoenix Irish Cultural Center.