CHICAGO – John Hofmeister & Son announced plans for a $9.6 million expansion of its meat processing business, Hof Haus.

The expansion will include new slicing and packing operations that will enable Hof Haus to increase sales to retailers such as CKF Foods, American Chef, Meijer, Albertson’s and Charlie’s Pride. The company also wants to grow its school lunch program sales, and focus more on local Latino markets served by Amigo Foods and El Super in addition to sales to customers in Puerto Rico.

Financing for the project includes a $2 million loan from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The loan is part of a $9 million financing package led by Village Bank & Trust of Arlington Heights. Hof Haus will use the money to pay off old debt and hire 25 new workers. Hof Haus currently employs about 80 workers, with more during peak times.

“We are proud and thankful to work together with Governor Quinn as well as Village Bank & Trust to keep small family-owned businesses in Chicago alive,” said Matt Hofmeister, CEO. “Not only will Hof Haus continue to bring jobs to the West Side, it will attract more consumers to our community where they will support the local economy.”

Hof Haus produces a full line of ham, pork and smoked turkey products under the Old Warsaw brand and private labels. The company's customers include retailers, delis, foodservice providers, school lunch and food assistance programs under government contracts.