Godshall’s, an employee-owned company founded in 1945 and America’s third largest turkey bacon brand, has purchased a processing plant in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, from Clemens Food Group for an undisclosed amount.
The 53,000-square-foot processing plant sits on 10 acres and was operated by Clemens Food Group until late 2022. Godshall’s Quality Meats hopes that the plant will be operational by mid-2024.
“Our brand continues to grow in both retail and foodservice, and the new addition of this facility allows us to continue expanding. Geographically, the purchase will provide Godshall’s with three production facilities and a centralized distribution center all within a two-hour drive of Philadelphia and the northeast corridor,” said Ron Godshall, president of Godshall’s Quality Meats.
“Additionally, the Emmaus area has a large pool of experienced workers, and we are eager to retain many for the Godshall’s Quality Meats team. For nearly 80 years, we’ve been proud to support the workforce in Pennsylvania with well-paying jobs in addition to our Employee Stock Ownership Program.
Last year, Godshall’s expanded its facility in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, and the addition of the Emmaus facility will support the company’s new product innovation and production capacity.
Godshall’s Quality Meats plans to add new smokehouses, ovens and packaging lines to the plant. In addition, the 10 acres of land adds flexibility to continue expanding the site as needed.
“Growth of the Godshall’s brand has been spectacular over the past few years, making it a leader in the turkey and beef bacon categories,” said Joel Nyce, SVP at Godshall’s Quality Meats.
“Nielsen data continues to show that Godshall’s leads the way in unit sales growth, brand loyalty, buying households growth and dollars spent per trip in both the turkey bacon and beef bacon categories. Adding this facility will allow us to continue bringing new innovation to life similar to the all-natural Angus Beef and Turkey Sausages we launched earlier this year.”