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A Tradition of Great Taste for Over 75 Years
About Zeigler Meats
Tradition at Zeigler is not just a matter of making fine seasoned meats. Tradition is a matter of quality and commitment on which our company was founded by Mr. R.L. Zeigler. When Mr. Zeigler bought his first grocery store in the early 1920’s in Bessemer, Alabama, people came from all over to buy his homemade fresh pork sausage. When his pork sausage operation outgrew the store in 1927, he incorporated and opened his first packing plant in Bessemer, enabling him to increase the production of his prize winning sausage.
With that expansion came an unexpected, yet significant twist to the history of Zeigler. While on a trip to El Paso, Texas to purchase plant equipment, Mr. Zeigler overheard cowboys talking about buying cattle in Mexico at a good price-he had an idea. He awoke early the next morning, crossed the border into Mexico, and bought all the cattle he could find along the Union Stock Yards. Not only did he come home to Alabama with his plant equipment, but also as the largest cattle owner in the United States. This would allow yet another resource to develop his product line.
Mr. Zeigler’s commitment to excellence was not limited to just his “Seasoned to Please” motto. He instilled his commitment of quality in his employees so that they exhibited the same pride in the company that was expressed by their founder. Mr. Zeigler introduced the first vacuum packed lunchmeat in Alabama, an innovation which paved the road to meat packing principles used today.
Mr. Zeigler died in 1964 in Birmingham and three years later the successful business was purchased by three Tuscaloosa businessmen: James Hinton, Frank Moody, and Paul “Bear” Bryant. Today Zeigler is privately held by James Hinton and employs over 300 people.
Zeigler remains the largest privately owned meat packer in the Southeast, producing the #1 selling wiener in the state of Alabama, along with a vast array of top selling meat items. Zeigler has built a strong business that takes pride in servicing its customers with the same commitment to excellence established by Mr. R.L. Zeigler over 75 years ago.