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Location DB > United States > Arizona > Tucson > Farmer John's Meat Packing Plant
Farmer John's Meat Packing Plant
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created by vmorgan on 1/8/2010 10:24 PM
last modified by lonewolf34 on 7/12/2018 10:29 PM
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Farmer John's Meat Packing Plant is on a plot of land about 2-3ish acres in size right on Grant road before it dips under the highway. Half of the property is basically a livestock yard that includes a livestock pen-type structure where the other half is the actual processing factory. There are some active businesses near by but they don't seem very interested in the plant.
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Type: Building
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
West Grant Rd at I-10
Tucson, Arizona
United States
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • Homeless habitat
  •  Interesting Features

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  • fences
  • barbed wire
  • razor wire
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 2001
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    (excerpt from link below:

    In 1962, Clougherty's operations expanded into Tucson, Arizona.

    For several years the company supplied beef for its West Coast plant and for local supermarkets from this location. The Tucson plant was also decorated with a farm mural, which became a local landmark.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, there were a dozen slaughterhouses and more than 60 meat packing plants in Vernon in 1970s. Fewer than 20 percent of these would survive into the 1990s.

    Developments in the 1980s and 1990s

    Bernard Clougherty died in 1982, followed two years later by his brother Francis. The company was subsequently run by Francis's four surviving children: Bernard, Joe, Anthony, and Kathleen Regan.

    Clougherty was well placed to benefit from Southern California's postwar population boom. By the mid-1980s, Clougherty was the last large meat packer remaining in the region after its competitors had all relocated to the Midwest. Revenues were $300 million by 1989.

    Clougherty experienced a two-month meat cutters strike in late 1985. The company also had contentious labor relations with the union in the 1990s, when more than 1,000 workers worked for several years without a contract.

    There was a significant positive development in the late 1980s. "The best thing we ever did was to secure our own source of hogs," president Joe Clougherty later told the journal Meat & Poultry. In 1988, the company formed a partnership with a California hog farmer, then took over the entire operation in 1994. It also started raising pigs in Arizona in 1992. By the late 1990s, Clougherty was supplying 30 percent of its own hogs.

    Clougherty was also upgrading its production line. The company brought in a master sausage maker from Germany to oversee the shop. An X-ray system was added to the sausage line in 1988 to scan for bone fragments. Three years later, the company installed a small lab to speed up nutritional analysis of their product.

    In the early 1990s, Clougherty was California's largest meat packer and ranked as a top 100 U.S. food company. The value of concessions at Dodger baseball games went beyond sales of the hot dogs themselves. It was a cornerstone of the company's marketing strategy, a reputation lamented to the Los Angeles Daily News after the 1994 season was cut short. In April of that year, the hot dog operation experienced another setback when a fire wiped out the production area. State-of-the-art processing and packaging machinery was subsequently installed.

    Sales were about $325 million a year in the late 1990s. The company had to contend with consolidation among the area supermarket chains, reducing its major client list from more than two dozen to five. At the same time, distribution had expanded to Washington State, Las Vegas, and Hawaii. Clougherty also paid attention to the smaller retailers and ethnic groceries that placed a high priority on freshness.

    To improve its margins, Clougherty was developing value-added products. The company erected a new cooking plant in 1997.

    Beyond 2000

    Clougherty's revenues rose about 10 percent to $365 million in 2000. The company employed around 1,500 people, including several hundred butchers and 300 farm workers in California, Arizona, and Wyoming. It shut down its ten-year-old Tucson beef-grinding operation, Arizona Meat Products Co., in 2001.
     Media Coverage
    Relly, Jeannine, "Farmer John Layoffs Begin," Arizona Daily Star, March 20, 2001, p. D1. (Newspaper archive: Pay to view)

    ------, "Farmer John Meats Shuts Down," Arizona Daily Star, August 24, 2001, p. D1. (Newspaper archive: Pay to view)

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    Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
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