SOUDETON, PA. — Godshall’s Quality Meats announced on July 10 that it would purchase a processing facility from Clemens Food Group in Emmaus, Pa., for an undisclosed amount.
The 53,000-square-foot plant rests on 10 acres and was operated by Clemens until late 2022.
“Our brand continues to grow in both retail and foodservice and the new addition of this facility allows us to continue expanding,” said Ron Godshall, president of Godshall’s Quality Meats. “Geographically, the purchase will provide Godshall’s with three production facilities and a centralized distribution center all within a two-hour drive of Philadelphia and the northeast corridor. Additionally, the Emmaus area has a large pool of experienced workers, and we are eager to retain many for the Godshall’s team. For nearly 80 years, we’ve been proud to support the workforce in Pennsylvania with well-paying jobs in addition to our Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP).”
At the Emmaus plant, the company expects to add a new smokehouse, ovens and packaging lines. Godshall’s also pointed out that since the facility is on 10 acres of land, there are chances for expansion if needed in the future.
“Growth of the Godshall’s brand has been spectacular over the past few years making it a leader in the turkey and beef bacon categories,” said Joel Nyce, senior vice president at Godshall’s. “Nielsen data continues to show that Godshall’s leads the way in unit sales growth, brand loyalty, buying households growth and dollars spent per trip in both the turkey bacon and beef bacon categories. Adding this facility will allow us to continue bringing new innovation to life similar to the all-natural Angus Beef and Turkey Sausages we launched earlier this year.”
The company tentatively scheduled to have the Emmaus facility operational by mid-2024.
During October 2022, Godshall’s expanded its bacon plant in Lebanon, Pa., to support new product innovation and production capacity.