A Very Specialized Meat Processing Business in Southwest Minnesota

The upcoming 4th of July holiday means grills are sure to be fired up throughout Minnesota. So it seems fitting that this week, I got to go inside a very special meat processing plant. Yep…I got to see all, or at least almost all, of the process from start to finish.

Now this isn’t just any meat processing plant. It is a kosher meat processing plant in our very own Dawson, Minn. Noah’s Ark can give us a whole new appreciation for its very specialized meat processing, which includes deveining. This is the only place in the United States where it is being done. The business is able to provide kosher meat for many Jewish people who could not eat meat before this certification.

It was great meeting Fischel Ziegelheim, a New Jersey investor working at the plant (and pictured holding a package of “Soloman’s” brand meat for Costco warehouses), with Carl Graber from Ohio who is providing management. They both have long weekly commutes but are committed to making sure Noah’s Ark is successful and provides a very special product.

Why Dawson in southwest Minnesota for this business location? Available meat processing facility, regional workforce and strong agricultural area with livestock make it a prime location.

Want to know more, like…

  • How many rabbis work at Noah’s Ark?
  • How many employees are there?
  • What part of the beef is used for kosher meat?  What is done with the rest of the beef?
  • How many pounds of beef are processed a day at Noah’s Ark?
  • What’s the relationship between Noah’s Ark and Costco?

Post a comment on this blog page and we’ll share more interesting information about this regional business!

Sherry Ristau is the President/CEO of the Southwest Initiative Foundation, where she oversees more than $55 million in total financial assets. Sherry is highly committed to rural Minnesota. She especially strives to celebrate, inspire and advocate for southwest Minnesota’s many great social and economic assets.

@2015 Southwest Initiative Foundation, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Hutchinson, MN 55350
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