A Brief History of Meats Plus, Inc.
In 1970, Don Earhart and Burt MacConnell formed a company called
EarMac. They began distributing fresh and smoked meat products to
meat markets and grocery stores around Decatur, Illinois. They had
pooled their fortunes together ($125 each) to get up and running
with one refrigerated pick-up truck and their sales books.
Everything was pre-sold, and delivered on a COD only basis. They had
no inventory, no office, and no warehouse. They were successful
nonetheless, and eventually were able to move into a 2500 sq ft
building. As the business grew, they also added office and warehouse
staff, drivers and sales people.
In 1988, Lloyd Alleman purchased EarMac and renamed the business
Meats Plus. The new name was to be a reflection of the variety of
products offered beyond fresh and processed meats. In 1995, a new
10,000 sq ft building was built in Arcola, Illinois to house the
growing meat and deli distributor. Then, in 1998, Meats Plus
acquired LoPoCo, a local competitor with a 130 year history in the
meat and poultry business. Meats Plus now operates out of the old
LoPoCo facility, which lies just north of Champaign. Itís a
renovated 22,000 sq ft warehouse and office facility in Loda,
In January, 2007, long time employee Jeff Baumann, along with
personal friend and businessman, Bob Nadarski from Champaign,
purchased Meats Plus. The 2 of them, along with 30 other employees,
continue the company's proud tradition of providing quality and
service at competitive prices. They strive to deserve the confidence
and trust that their customers have come to know them for. Every
sale is followed through with professionalism and care, all the way
to the customer's shelf.
The line of products offered by Meats Plus starts with fresh beef,
pork, and chicken. There are also thousands of deli and bakery
items, eggs and other dairy product, frozen foods and supplies for
meat and deli departments. Multiple brands are available, some
unique to Meats Plus, including the Amish Country Kitchen product
line. The buyers and sales people are always attentive to their
customer's needs, partnering with them to succeed in the
When you call Meats Plus, you can expect our team to help YOUR
business to succeed as well. We look forward to working together in
the coming days ahead.