A family-run northern Sampson County business will be coming back to life after a six-month closure that left over 175 employees out in the cold.
Martin’s Abattoir & Wholesale Meats, Inc., which was in operation for 58 years before its closure, has been bought by Kansas City Sausage Company, LLC.
Martin’s Meats, along with it’s sister companies Coastal Protein Inc. and Coastal Protein Products, Inc. were purchased by the Kansas company on April 25, 2014.
In a prepared statement released to The Sampson Independent Monday afternoon, it said that Kansas City Sausage Company, LLC has facilities in Kansas City, Mo. and Des Moines, Iowa. According to the release, it is “one of the largest manufacturers of high quality sausage raw material and private label sausage.” The company plans to continue to pursue new opportunities for growth and product expansion.
No information was immediately available on how many employees would be hired or if any of the previous employees at the company would get their jobs back.
Jeffrey Martin, director of operations for Martin’s, said in announcing the plant’s closure last year, that the economic climate in the slaughter industry had become increasingly difficult in the 18 months prior to the closing.
On Sept. 16, 2013, Martin’s shut down the Godwin plant. Martin’s Meats, which had been in business since 1955, was one of the seven major cattle processing facilities on the eastern side of the Mississippi River.
The family ran business was started by Carlton Martin with his father, W.C. Martin. The two were later joined in the business by W.C. Martin, Jr..
In the last September prepared release it was noted that the Martins closed “their beef operations just as they started them: on their own terms, quietly, with dignity … no cries for government bailouts; no complaints.”
Emily M. Hobbs can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 122. Follow us on Twitter: @SampsonInd