Buddig facility in Illinois
Carl Buddig & Co. has acquired a 280,000-square-foot plant in Montgomery, Ill.

CHICAGO — Carl Buddig & Co. has acquired the former Butterball facility in Montgomery, Ill. The 280,000-square-foot plant closed in July 2017, but now it will be reopened to grow Buddig’s manufacturing footprint for lunch meats and specialty meats production, the company said.

Bob Buddig, Carl Buddig & Co.
Bob Buddig, c.e.o. of Carl Buddig & Co.

“With our customers’ demand for great-tasting Buddig products, it was vital that we increase our manufacturing facilities,” said Bob Buddig, chief executive officer of Carl Buddig & Co. “The Montgomery facility is our fourth manufacturing facility in Illinois, and we look forward to starting production there this spring.”

The expansion is expected to create 250 jobs within the first two years of operation and then ramp up to 350 jobs by year five, the company said.

Bruce Rauner, Governor of Illinois
Governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner

“Since the old operation ceased, my administration has been working tirelessly to get this facility up and running again for the great folks of Montgomery,” said Governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner. “I am thrilled to have a homegrown Illinois company like Buddig expanding within our state and bringing this facility back to life.”

Based in Homewood, Ill., Carl Buddig & Co. makes and distributes Old Wisconsin hardwood-smoked sausage and meat snack products in supermarkets across the United States. The company last year entered the barbecue and specialty meats business and is now manufacturing products under the Kingsford brand.