Privately-owned US meats supplier Carl Buddig and Co. has acquired a factory formerly run by turkey giant Butterball.

The facility, located in Montgomery in Illinois, was shut by Butterball last summer. The company pointed to a “lack of vertical integration in the pork complex and the weakness in the raw material commodity markets” for the closure.

Carl Buddig and Co. said it will start production at the plant – its fourth in the state – this spring.

“Expanding our manufacturing footprint to relieve pressure from current facilities and add capacity to address growing production demands from our customers has been a number one priority for the company,” Bob Buddig, the company’s CEO, said. “When the Montgomery facility became available, we jumped on the opportunity immediately. The new plant enables the company to significantly expand production of existing products and new products to be developed in the future.”

In June, the family-owned Carl Buddig and Co. acquired the assets of Illinois-based Rupari Food Services in a bankruptcy sale. Rupari made branded and private-label barbecued meats, ribs and heat-and-serve products.

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