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Wenneman Meat Market
POB 341
7415 State Rt 15
St. Libory, IL 62282


618-768-4328 Phone
618-768-4225  Fax


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618-768-4328


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Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM to 5:30 PM

Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

Wenneman Meat Company in the News

Through the years, Wenneman Meat Company has made the news. Below are some of the stories featuring Wenneman Meat Company.

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Wenneman Meat to Re-Open Oct 10th, 2011...  Okawville Times Sept 28, 2011Out of the ashes of a devastating fire, a new Wenneman Meat Company in St. Libory will reopen for business Monday, October 10.

The new $6 million building, at 22,000 square feet, is twice the size of the former facility that was a series of additions. Architect plans for another addition were destroyed in the fire.    The new building was designed with efficient flow-through from slaughter to counter. It is built on the former location on Route 15.
  The landmark St. Libory business was destroyed by mechanical or electrical fire January 27th. Construction of the new building began in May.

Owners Brad Schmitz and Paul Otten faced a critical decision after the fire: rebuild or take the insurance settlement and get other jobs.  The first week they were totally focused on rebuilding while operating their business as a scaled-down version in a rented facility, Schmitz said.  Then reality set it. Operating in a rented facility didn’t work out. Customers would need to find other suppliers for the months it would take them to reopen. The cost of rebuilding was far more than the insurance settlement.

For a few weeks the owners were torn about what to do. “We gave it a lot of thought,” Otten said.  In the end, it was the income tax obligation that led to their decision to rebuild. The IRS would have taken 40 percent of their insurance settlement as capital gains.

They considered building a retail store and small processing plant with no kill floor. But Schmitz, 38, and Otten, 33, decided they wanted to operate the best facility possible. “It was ‘Go big or go home’,” Schmitz said.

Schmitz and Otten have been partners in the business for seven years. They were both employees of the meat market when they bought it from Schmitz’s uncles, Jim and Bob Wenneman.  Click the link above for the whole story

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March 21, 2011 - Wenneman Meat Company to Rebuild in St. Libory, Illinois Wenneman Meat Company has announced it will stay in St. Libory, Illinois.  The new facility is projected to cost $5 million dollars and will locate adjacent to the previous site on Illinois Route 15 in St. Libory.  The former facility burned to the ground on January 27, 2011.  With 12 fire departments responding to the blaze it was still a total loss. 

Designed by Mike Schneider of Quadrant Design from Waterloo, Il., the new specially designed 22,000 square foot processing facility will house a largely expanded retail area, a slaughter floor, processing area and office space.  The new design will provide for the most efficient and cost effective methods in the industry. 

Lake Contracting of Addieville, IL will be the general contractor for the project.  Owner Dave Lake and project manager Mark Albert have been working feverously on this design/ build project.   It is expected that ground will be broke by the second week of April with a completion date in October.  Wenneman Meat Co. expects to employee 40 full time employees.

Keith Moran of Moran Economic Development has assisted Mayor Phyllis Behrman and the Village of St. Libory to develop a TIF district to provide economic incentives for the project.  TIF District incentives were essential in Wenneman’s staying in the Village as other communities had attempted to recruit the popular meat company. 

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UPDATE February 17, 2011 - Services we are now offering to our valued customers:
**New Hours of operation:
Monday through Friday 8 - 4:30  Saturdays, 8 - Noon.  If other arrangements need to be made, please contact Brad Schmitz at 618-713-4195 or Paul Otten at 618-967-3948.
** Deer Update - People holding confirmation post cards for deer that have already been processed, and are waiting for smokies and jerkey may at this time pick up their products at the St. Libory facility during normal business hours.  Anyone that has not yet received a post card, please contact us for a status update of your order.  Some orders for smokies and jerkey are being processed at this time and will be available after February 12, 2011.  Please wait to receive your confirmation post card prior to coming to our St. Libory facility for pick up.  If you have not received a confirmation post card by February 19, 2011, please contact us at that time to verify your order.
** Deer Processing -
Deer may be dropped off at our St. Libory location for processing.  We will transport the deer to our temporary processing facility. You will be able to have your deer processed just as before.  We will either assign you a pick up date or call you when your order is complete.
**Custom Beef and Hog processing
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Call 768-4328 for a delivery appointment to our facility Monday between 8-3.  Livestock is to be delivered to our St. Libory location.  We will then transport the livestock to our temporary processing facility, process the livestock to your request, and return the product to our St. Libory facility for a scheduled pickup. 
**Spices & Butchering Supplies -
Spices and casings are available on a "walk in" basis at the St. Libory facility.  Pork trimmings and beef trimmings are also available with a three (3) day advanced noticed and scheduled pick up time.

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January 27, 2011 - Wenneman Meat Co. severely damaged in fireYou can view various news reports on the fire at these links: FOX2, KMOV, and Belleville News Democrat.

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February 18, 2008 - KMOV TV - USDA Orders Nation's Largest Beef Recall - the USDA is ordering the recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef from a California slaughterhouse..   Click here to view

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Sauce Magazine's Catherine Neville talks about her visit to Wenneman Meat Co. in an internet podcast.  She begins talking about Wenneman roughly 6 minutes into the podcast.  Click here to listen

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