“The startup of this beef operation at Bolingbrook is significant for our continued growth and product diversification,” said Ed Garrett, president and CEO of West Liberty Foods. The company currently operates plants in West Liberty and Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Trementon, Utah in addition to the new facility in Bolingbrook. Ed Ligas, founder of Stampede Meat, Bridgeview, Ill, has been appointed vice president of beef operations at the newly renovated facility.
“Ed Ligas is a perfect addition to our team,” said Garrett. “His wealth of knowledge and expertise in beef cutting operations allows us to expand our product offerings for both new and existing customers.”
Utilizing multiple production lines and 25 employees, the beef business will serve customers in the foodservice, retail and home-delivery segments, according to Ligas.
“It was clear through our market research there remains a great demand for quality, value-added beef products – we had nearly two months of orders before we even started production,” he said. Ligas added that the start-up of the beef operations has been successful.
“The product being graded is of amazing quality and consistency. The team we’ve assembled has been extraordinary and has far exceeded expectations.”