Chad Lottman was elected president of the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) during the 79th Annual Convention of Meat Processors and Suppliers’ Exhibition, which took place in late July in Kansas City, Missouri.
Lottman and his wife, Courtney, are the owners and operators of C&C Processing in Diller, Nebraska, and Landmark Snacks in Beatrice, Nebraska. A first-generation processor, Lottman built the business from the ground up. In 1994, at the age of 19, the Lottmans bought the only grocery store in Lottman’s hometown of Diller. They ran the store for two years before adding meat processing to the business. In 1996, they also added a slaughter floor, and the back of the store was used as a custom exempt plant. In 2001, C&C Processing doubled its size and became a USDA inspected plant. In 2003, the store was remodeled to include more space for specialty meats, as well as to accommodate a booming deer processing business. A year later, the Lottmans expanded again, adding a processing area and a sausage-making area with a smokehouse. After continued growth, Landmark Snacks was built in nearby Beatrice to allow for the expansion of a co-packing business, which was opened in April 2016.
The Lottmans have developed their own line of specialty products called Blue Valley Brand Meats. In 2002, they bought Pony Express Ranch, a product line featuring old-fashioned and hickory smoked meats.
At the state level, Lottman has been a member of the Nebraska Association of Meat Processors (NAMP) for more than 20 years and served as director for more than 12 years. He served as president of NAMP in 2004. Lottman actively helps with and attends both state and national meat association conventions, striving to gain more knowledge and expertise in the industry, says AAMP.
At the national level, the Lottmans were the recipients of the AAMP Accomplishment Award in 2001, which recognizes the honoree’s outstanding achievements in the meat and poultry industry, accomplished over a relatively short period of time. Chad has served as the organization’s chair of the meat inspection/governmental affairs committee, as well as the membership and scholarship committees.
In his local community, Lottman has been a member of the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce since 2002, Beatrice Chamber of Commerce since 2012, and Diller Community Club since 1994. He has been a Diller volunteer firefighter for more than 22 years, also serving as an EMT for 18 of those years. In 2007, Lottman received the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce. He is a 7th generation, lifetime member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Diller.
Lottman succeeds Louie E. Muench of Louie’s Finer Meats in Cumberland, Wisconsin, who will remain on the AAMP Board of Directors as the immediate past president. Dwight Ely of Ely Farm Products in Newtown, Pennsylvania, was elected 1st VP; Darla Kiesel, Dewig Meats, Haubstadt, Indiana, was elected 2nd VP; Tom Eickman, Eickman’s Processing, Seward, Illinois, was elected 3rd VP; and Rick Reams, RJ’s Meats, Hudson, Wisconsin, was elected treasurer.
AAMP’s elected operator directors are Mike Holland, Holland Brothers Meats, Duncansville, Pennsylvania; Bill Dayton, Dayton Meat Products, Malcom, Iowa; Leighton Western, Western’s Smokehouse, Greentop, Missouri; Shane Flowers, Project Meats & Ranch House Sausage Co., Billings, Montana; Matthew Bayer, Country Fresh Meats Inc., Weston, Wisconsin; Greg Fisher, Fisher Packing Co., Portland, Indiana; Scott Filbrandt, Bob’s Processing Inc., South Haven, Michigan; and Ryan Schmidt, Schmidt’s Meat Market Inc., Nicollet, Minnesota.
AAMP’s elected supplier directors are Rhonda Ashby, UltraSource LLC, Kansas City, Missouri; Megan Leonard, Handtmann Inc., Lake Forest, Illinois; and Jon Frohling, ScottPec, Box Elder, South Dakota.