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About Us

Wenneman Meat Co. is a custom beef and pork processor providing the finest cuts of meat and products for it's valued customers.

For nearly 100 years, the Wenneman family business has been a tradition for many people in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. With total commitment to customer satisfaction as their primary objective, we place great emphasis on product quality and customer service.

Wenneman Meat Company is a full service, federally inspected, old fashioned butcher shop and meat market. We produce a complete line of our own meat, deli and poultry products.  Our formulations and recipes have been passed down for generations, and remain unchanged, while continuing to grow our product lines. 

Third generation owners, Brad Schmitz and Paul Otten, would personally like to invite you to stop by and taste the way we do our business!!

In The News:

In St. Libory, Illinois, Wenneman Meat Co. Operates a Cut Above the Rest

Feast Magazine Article August 2019 by Liz Miller

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, October 10.

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 insurance settlement.

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 said.

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 St. Libory.  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 industry. 

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.

January 27, 2011 - Wenneman Meat Co. severely damaged in fire.  You can view various news reports on the fire at these links: FOX2KMOV, and Belleville News Democrat.

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