Meat Processor Mucke’s Marks Last Day In Hartford

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The Hartford plant of E.E. Mucke & Sons will close Friday, two weeks after the purchase of 93-year-old family business was finalized by a Massachusetts company.

The Main Street property was acquired as part of the purchase by Rachael’s Food Corp. of Chicopee, Mass. According to city records, the 12,000-square foot plant where hot dogs, kielbasa and delicatessen meats were produced for decades, sold for $200,000.

Friday will be the last day of operation at the E.E. Mucke & Sons plant in Hartford.  Earlier this week, a Grote & Weigel delivery truck stopped at the Main Street plant. Both Mucke’s and Grote & Weigel have been purchased by the same Massachusetts company. Photo by Kenneth R. Gosselin/kgosselin@courant.com

There’s not much left to close up at the plant because all production has already moved to the Grote & Weigel plant in Bloomfield, another local meat processor bought by Rachael’s this year.

Sales operations are all that remain in Hartford and those, too, are now being consolidated in Bloomfield, Adam Kramer, division president for Mucke’s and Grote & Weigel, told me today.

Consolidation made sense, Kramer said, because there was plenty of unused space at the Granby Street plant, and there still remains “a lot of room to grow.”

Kramer said Rachael’s now plans to sell the Mucke’s building.

Despite the consolidation, the Mucke’s and Grote & Weigel names will remain as will the taste of their products, Kramer said.

“We are committed to keeping both brands and formulas exactly the same,” Kramer told me.

Kramer declined to say how much Rachael’s paid for Mucke’s or how much it has invested in the Bloomfield plant.

As independent companies, Grote & Weigel and Mucke’s struggled in the weak economy, some customers opting to buy lower-priced meats.

All 15 Mucke employees kept their jobs. Ernest Mucke III has joined the company as joined the company as vice president of operations for Grote & Weigel, Kramer told me.

The former owner of Grote & Weigel has left the company, Kramer said. Michael Greiner had agreed to stay on for as much as year to smooth the transition, but that has now been completed, Kramer said.


 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Meat Processor Mucke’s Marks Last Day In Hartford

  1. Herman from Hartford

    Too bad, Hartford’s a nice place, but nothing good ever happens there from a real estate perspective

  2. Deborah G. from Hartford, CT

    I grew up down the street from Mucke’s, what a shame they are closing that location. At least the company will still be in CT and no one lost their jobs, thank you Rachael Foods. Mucke’s and Grote & Weigel are two of the best tasting meat products on the market, please don’t change. Made in Hartford,CT, now Bloomfield,CT, made in the U.S.!

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