On Monday, January 30th, 2012, demolition on a neighboring building began, adding a vital component to a lifelong dream for Queen City Sausage owner and president, Elmer J. Hensler. Hensler’s dream has been to be the largest independent sausage maker in Cincinnati, a dream he has realized. Since the company was founded in 1965, Elmer Hensler’s Queen City Sausage Company has resided in the same Cincinnati location, and added on ten times. Monday’s demolition will create the much needed space for the 11th and largest addition so far.
“Our goal is to streamline our entire production process. We are always looking for better ways to be more efficient without ever sacrificing the high standards and quality of our sausages and deli meats,” he said. Those who know Elmer Hensler know he is always looking ahead. He learned long ago that you must keep improving in order to produce the highest quality sausages consistently. The new building will allow production to flow seamlessly from one end of the plant to the other, eliminating any barriers. The new addition will add over 36,000 square feet, more than doubling the size of the current facility.
The Queen City demolition and new building addition is in stark contrast to the recent demolition just down the street from the Queen City Sausage plant. This refers to the ongoing demolition of the once venerable Kahn’s facility. “We are forging ahead in Cincinnati and all the while the former Kahn’s building is slowly coming down. I had a great friendship with Kahn’s president Milt Schloss. He was a great help to me in the early days of Queen City Sausage” said Elmer.
“Business has been good in spite of a sluggish economy,” said Patrick Miller, sales and operations manager. Queen City Sausage Company has been promoting more than ever in its history and the results are impressive. In 2010 Queen City began a sponsorship program with the Reds. Additionally, the company created its own Annual Queen City Sausage Festival in 2011. A new Queen City Sampling Squad was created last year. The Sample Squad attends all of the major area charity run events and grills freshly prepared free samples of the new Beef & Swiss Mettwurst and Goetta Sliders. Queen City expects 35,000 samples to be served in 2012 and will kick-off sampling at the upcoming Mercy (Heart) Mini Marathon.
Source: Queen City Sausage Co.