Standard Meat Co. Plans New Fort Worth Protein Processing Plant

Founded in Fort Worth in 1935, Standard Meat Co. said its fifth plant in the city—featuring a "state-of-the art" sous vide line—aims to meet the innovative product needs and growing volume demands of a range of top tier commercial customers.

Fort Worth-based Standard Meat Co. announced the planned construction of its fifth protein processing plant in the city, a 166,000-square-foot facility in a renovated, historic 1955 meat processing facility on the city’s north side.

The plant’s location is a short distance from the Standard Meat Co. headquarters at the iconic Fort Worth Stockyards.

“At Standard Meat, we don’t demand that our clients choose from a fixed menu of products and services,” Standard Meat Co. CEO and Co-President Ben Rosenthal said in a statement. “Instead, we look for out-of-the-box solutions for each client’s unique needs. With this new plant, we’ll have even more flexibility to introduce cutting-edge technologies and processes, doing everything we can do to drive business forward for our clients.”

With the new plant, Standard Meat Co. said it will be ready to meet the innovative product needs and growing volume demands of a range of top-tier commercial customers.

Installing a ‘state-of-the-art’ sous vide line

Standard Meat bought the building for development in 2023 and said it has plans to install a “state-of-the-art” sous vide line at the new plant. Sous vide, French for  “under vacuum,” is cooking technique using a heated metal coil to warm water to a constant temperature while preparing food in vacuum-sealed bags.

The company said expansion capacity at the new site will allow for additional sous vide lines, or other production lines as needed, to explore future technologies and address emerging opportunities.

Longtime team member Adam Speirs has been named plant manager to finalize construction and equipment installation and oversee operations at the new Fort Worth plant.

“We’re always thrilled to fill management positions from within the company, and with Adam Speirs, we couldn’t have asked for a better candidate,” Standard Meat Co. co-President Ashli Rosenthal Blumenfeld said in a statement. “He comes to this position with an 18-year track record of responsibility and excellence. As a member of the design and construction team for the new plant, he coordinates company strategy with our outside construction partner CSC Group and architecture and engineering partner Schemmer Group. As ongoing plant manager once the plant is open, we know we can rely on him to ensure the facility meets current client needs, adapts quickly to future strategies, and satisfies team member expectations as a terrific place to work.”

Standard Meat Co. was founded in 1935

The company has a long tradition in the city dubbed “Cowtown.”

“Standard Meat Co. was founded in Fort Worth by our great-grandfather in 1935,” Ben Rosenthal said. “With the location of our fifth plant here in the historic Stockyards area, we’re not just constructing a facility, we’re revitalizing a piece of our city’s industrial legacy.”

“At Standard Meat, we’re all-in on Fort Worth and on bringing new investment and jobs to the place we’ve always called home,” Rosenthal added.

Standard Meat partnered with a ‘total meat nerd’ to create a sausage line for H-E-B

Last August, we told you about Standard Meat Co. partnering with Austin’s Hardcore Carnivore and “total meat nerd” Jess Pryles to craft an exclusive sausage line for H-E-B.  Rooted in tradition and optimized through technology, the  Hardcore Carnivore sausage line is the result of a “relentless pursuit of perfect sausages,” Pryles said.

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