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.
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
618-713-4195 or Paul Otten
Deer Update -
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
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.
January 27, 2011 -
Wenneman Meat Co. severely damaged in fire.
You can view
various news reports on the fire at these links:
Belleville News Democrat.
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
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