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Registered: ‎12-13-2010

Re: Heinold Hog Markets

BA, that is exactly what Heinold did. Of course, in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, there were many more firms slaughtering livestock. in a 1960 newspaper article, it was stated that during 1959, the then 13 locations of Heinold Hog Markets had purchased more than 1.1 million hogs from over 32,000 hog producers, and in turn sold them to 96 packers. I know one of Heinold's larger packer- buyers at that time was a packing house in Newark, NJ named John Englehorn and Sons. Later, one of Heinold's biggest customers was Frederick and Herrud (later known as Thorn Apple Valley) of Detroit, MI. Other large buyers of that time included Superior Provision Company/ Sugardale Foods of Massillon, OH; Penn Packing Company of Philadelphia, PA; Crown Packing of Detroit, American Meat Packing Corp. of Chicago; and Utica Packing of Utica, MI. Heinold sold to several smaller packers, as well. Heinold's specialty, if you will, was that it was a buyer for all classes of hogs... market hogs, light hogs, heavy hogs, sows, boars, and "junk" hogs. Heinold then could take advantage of their large volume of hogs bought across a good portion of hog producing areas to sort and move loads of hogs tailored toward that type that specific packers wanted. After Heinold was bought by IBP, and later Tyson, the remaining "Heinold" locations dealt almost exclusively in sows, boars, and off- hogs that IBP/ Tyson did not kill. Today, as a result of the DOJ ruling that Tyson had to divest itself of Heinold before acquiring Hillshire Farms, Heinold Hog Markets is again an independent company, still dealing in those sows, boars, outs, etc.