Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918


Armour & Co.

Picture of the Plant of Armour & Co., Packers, Kansas City, Kansas ARMOUR & CO. In the year 1870 Plankinton and Armour erected their first packing house in Kansas City, Kansas, It was in charge of Simeon B. Armour. In October, 1884, the Armours purchased the interests of Plankinton and the firm was changed to Armour Packing Company.

From this small plant, with its crude manner of handling meat products and where slaughtering was only done in the winter time on account of no refrigeration and a mere handful of men were employed, it has grown under the guiding hand of S. B. Armour from its beginning until 1889, under Kirkland B. Armour, eldest son of A. W. Armour, from 1899 to 1901, and from that date in charge of Charles W. Armour, who is its present head, until today this organization employs 4,000 men, with an average yearly pay roll of $2,750,000, and an average yearly expenditure for livestock of $40,550,000.

In January, 1911, the style of this firm was changed to Armour & Co., and it became part of the great house of Armour & Co. with its fifteen meat-packing plants located in the United States. It sends food products to every habitable portion of the globe. Its splendid plant represents a lavish expenditure of effort, time and money. Cleanliness and sanitation prevail; efficiency is multiplied; the health, welfare and safety of employes is protected. The aim of Armour & Co. in producing food products is toward perfection.


Transcribed from volume 4, page 2156 of A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; originally transcribed 1998, modified 2003 by Carolyn Ward.

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