Chillicothe Meat Locker at 412 Madison has a new owner.
Chillicothe Meat Locker at 412 Madison has a new owner. In a joint statement to the Constitution-Tribune, Clint and Christy Lauhoff and Ricky and Tina Hendricks of Gallatin officially announced the sale of the meat locker plant to the Hendrickses, effective today,. The Lauhoffs had purchased the business 15 months ago from Joe and Dorothy Singer. The Singers had operated the business as Singer Locker for 61 years before selling it April 1, 2015. Christy Lauhoff said it was strictly a business and family decision to sell. “We doubled our slaughter business and increased our retail business by 80 percent over the past 15 months,” said Mrs. Lauhoff. The Lauhoffs also purchased and put on the road a farm call truck and that really helped the business as well as obtaining federal insurance. New owner Ricky Hendricks had worked for the Lauhoffs for a year, the former owners report, and has 18 years of experience in the locker and meat plant business. “He did a good job for us and when he heard that we were interested in selling; it was something that just worked out,” said the Lauhoffs. Christy Lauhoff had managed the day-to-day meat locker business and her husband remained in the construction business. He and his twin brother also are in the storage rental business. Hendricks, wife Tina, and their two children reside in Gallatin. Mrs. Hendricks is a CAN and works for North Kansas City Hospital while obtaining her nursing degree. They are expecting a third child this Fall. Mrs. Hendricks will not be involved with the business. They have a Michael, who is 6, and a daughter Zelene who is 14 months. Hendricks spent 12 years with Ranes Natural Meats in Gallatin and five years with Menu Maker (formerly Graves Meat Company) before coming to work at Chillicothe Meat Locker. “We are not changing anything in the operation. We will have the same employees and run the operation as it has been the past 15 months,” he said. They will also continue to carry Shatto Dairy products, hand cut meat and seell steaks, hamburger, pork and other products from our display cases. Hendricks said in addition to himself, there are two other fulltime employees and one part-time employee that will continue to work for them. “We have a great team and invite people to come and see us and buy our meat and dairy products.” The Lauoffs said they wanted to thank all their customers locally and from the area that used the locker services and shopped with them.