Hot Dog! – Empty for nearly 13 years, former home of Wholesale Meat Co. linked to sausage giants

Falls City Economic Development and Growth announced Monday that Denver-based Gold Star Sausage Company is planning to expand into Falls City and expects to hire more than 40 employees at the former Whole Sale Meat Company and Mickelberry building (810 E. 5th St.). 

The announcement came as an email to EDGE investors from Executive Director Beckie Cromer.

“I am pleased to announce your support and investment in the EDGE organization has given Falls City and Richardson County another success story to share with the community,” she wrote. “The EDGE Executive Committee, its Board of Directors, and many City/County officials have dedicated their time and efforts to advancing economic development initiatives in the region. This thriving public-private partnership is a driving factor in all of our accomplishments and these relationships play a vital role in the success of each and every effort,” Cromer said. 

The company plans to start production of hot dogs and sausages of all varieties in just a few months, in early 2015. 

“We are excited about this multi-million dollar project which will include significant capital investment, infrastructure upgrades, and the creation of 40-plus new employment opportunities,” Company President Rick Rue said.

Some of the jobs created will include production line supervisors, office personnel, quality assurance, maintenance and managers. 

Gold Star is family-owned and operated and has been based out of Denver since 1936. The company is a private label producer of hot dogs and sausage of all varieties, including skinless hot dogs, skinless sausage including beef, pork and beef, polish and other varieties, as well as natural casing sausage. 

Mickelberry’s parent company, SMG, Inc., announced the Falls City plant’s February 2002 closing and company’s move to Owensboro, KY, at the very beginning of that New Year. At the time, they employed some 90 people at an annual payroll of more than $2 million.  


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