Meat&Poultry - April 2012 - (Page 90)

Small Business Matters Remote possibilities One of Big Sky Country’s brightest stars is Pay N Save Grocery & Meat Shop BY STEVE KRUT N estled in a corner of Big Sky Country, Saco, Mont., is home But it’s always been home to this former auto-body mechanic, who after years of working in other areas, moved back to his roots in 1982 and bought a 1,700-sq.-ft. grocery store and custom-locker plant. “I didn’t really know much about the business, but it was priced right and it put me back in the town my heart has been a part of forever,” Plouffe says. Having never worked in the meat business, he relied on an innate ability to f igure things out through com mon sen se a nd m ade t h at 30-year-ago decision the right one. Rich history Plouffe, now 58, and his wife, Betty, took over the locker plant, which in 1914 was a bar that was later remodeled. Saco had been a thriving town during Homestead Act days, boasting three banks and dozens of businesses. But when the Great Depression hit, the cattle and natural gas wells were about all that kept people there. The town was founded in 1889 when the Great Northern Railroad decided to locate a water tank along Above: Robert Plouffe with his awardwinning smoked turkey. to one of the most modern small meatprocessing businesses in the country – the Pay N Save Grocery & Meat Shop. “The cattle in this area outnumber the people by a long shot.” “The town says it has a population of 224, but it’s more like 180 people,” confides owner Robert Plouffe (pronounced “ploof”). “The cattle in this area outnumber the people by a long shot.” 90 • Meat&Poultry • April 2012 •

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meat&Poultry - April 2012

Meat&Poultry - April 2012
Table of Contents
Commentary - Assassinating effective technology
Business Notes - LFTB fallout continues
Business Notes - Thompson to CEO of McDonald’s
Business Notes - Introducing: NAMA
Business Notes - Group to acquire Burger King restaurants
Business Notes - JBS may leave Argentina
Business Notes - JBS Q4 earnings advance despite Pilgrim’s Pride loss
Business Notes - Tyson addresses its strategy and stance on LFTB
Washington - Family farm labor pains
Cover Story - Team builder
Food Safety - Full speed ahead
CEO Series - Executive experience
Ground Beef - Burger nirvana
Meat Processing - Operations & Engineering
Flooring - Building a solid foundation
Contract Sanitation - Focus on plant sanitation
Sanitation Tips (Consejos de Sanidad) - Cleaning compounds
Sanitation Tips - Be cautious with chemicals
Packaging Solutions - Sandwich success
Ingredient Issues - ‘Real food’ nutrition
Ingredient Trends - Tracking global ingredient trends
Small Business Matters - Remote possibilities
Leadership Development - Creating future leaders
From the Corral - On-farm handling
Labor - Balancing and bargaining act
Names in the News
New Product Showcase
Classified Advertising
The Insider

Meat&Poultry - April 2012