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Former Perdue Premium Meat Co. Alexander & Hornung Michigan Plant Purchased

Jan. 3, 2024
Food company EW Grobbel expects to reopen the facility in St. Clair Shores, Mich., in the middle of the year.

According to a local news report, the meat processing plant in St. Clair Shores, Mich., that was owned by Alexander & Hornung (and parent company Perdue Premium Meat Co.), has been purchased by food company EW Grobbel, a 140-year-old Detroit company known for its corned beef and other meat products.

EW Grobbel expects to have the 90,000-square-foot plant up and running in mid-2024, the report said.

The plant housed Butcher Boy meats until 2005, when Alexander & Hornung acquired it. Subsequently, in early 2020, Perdue Premium Meat Co. (PPMC) acquired A&H, but announced in August 2023 that the plant would be shuttered. PPMC also sold four brands that operated out of the facility, including Butcher Boy, in September.

EW Grobbel expects the reopening of the facility to create 30-40 jobs; when the facility closed in October, it was said to have 130 employees.

This is the second expansion of EW Grobbel in the past six years, the news report said, with the company having opened a facility in Taylor, Mich., in 2018, to add to its manufacturing hub in Detroit’s Eastern Market. The company cited increased demand for its products as the catalyst for the acquisition.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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