Meat+Poultry - November 2022 - 45

Behrmann Meat & Processing
grows as its customer base
expands beyond Illinois
BY STEVE KRUT | meatpoult r y@sosland.com
M
any of their customers refer to them as the 'Biggest Little Meat
Plant in Southern Illinois' and for many good reasons. We're
talking about Behrmann Meat & Processing, a family owned
and operated business that has grown tremendously since the original
enterprise was founded in 1968 by Dennis Behrmann and his father-in-law
Vincent Tonnies in Albers, Ill. The company was founded under the name
of Tonnies Meat Company.
The plant was built during its founding year with 1,000 square feet of
space and operated as a custom exempt facility that served local livestock
producers and sportsman who needed someone to slaughter and/or further
process their animals.
Dennis and his wife Elaine took over the facility in 1978 and after
several expansions came under USDA inspection in 2003. They sold the
business to their son Cliff Behrmann on April Fool's Day 2020.
NO JOKING AROUND
Today the operation has enlarged to 25,000 square feet and tackles
virtually anything you might expect of a plant that that moved into the
wholesale meats trade but never lost its hometown swagger.
Cliff, who recently turned 58 and shoulders the title of president and
owner, makes no bones about how long it took him to learn the ropes in
meat processing:
" It was my whole life learning the operation and understanding how
to manage it, " he said. " But the truth is it was and remains all centered
around quality products, showmanship, warmth and friendliness. "
Behrmann Meat & Processing has grown to 65 employees and is still
adding on to the facility.
" About 75% of our business is now wholesale, " Cliff explained. " We
have nine delivery trucks and ship our product throughout Illinois, into
Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky.
" We slaughter an average of 80 hogs a week for our store and another
35 weekly on a custom basis for those who raise and use their own
animals. We also handle about 25 beef a week and we're booked up about
a year out for custom processing. It's about six months for hogs. "
The Behrmann's processing plant does a lot of different things.
For example:
* They process about 2,500 custom game animal orders a year, including
deer and elk, which they take hide on, skinned, or boned out.
* They prepare pigs for customers to pick up and barbecue themselves.
* They enter cured meat competitions and have won hundreds of
awards. More to the point, one entire wall in the retail area is covered
with winning plaques, and there are more boxes of plaques from state,
regional and national competitions that they've been hard pressed to
find space to display them.
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