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Louis E. Muench Installed as AAMP’s 2017-18 President

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From left: Immediate Past President Doug Hankes and President Louie Muench. (Photo credit: Christy Gazdziak)

Louis E. Muench was elected president of the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) during the 78th Annual Convention of Meat Processors and Suppliers’ Exhibition, July 22, in Lexington, Kentucky.

In a speech to attendees of the convention, Muench said it was truly an honor and privilege to be named the president of AAMP. “I will continue to work diligently to move this association in the right direction,” he said.

A third-generation meat processor, Muench is the president of Louie’s Finer Meats, located in Cumberland, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Barron County and earned an Associate’s Degree in 1974. He graduated from the Butcher’s Program at SW WI Vo-Tech in Fennimore in 1975. He then continued to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with a double major in Food Science and Biology.

Muench has been inducted into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame and the National Cured Meats Hall of Fame, and was a member of the inaugural class of Wisconsin Master Meat Crafters. He has served as a judge for multiple state professional association competitions, and held elected office within state and national meat industry organizations. He was inducted into AAMP’s Cured Meats Hall of Fame in 2003.

In May, the University of Wisconsin-River Fall’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences named Muench the 2017 Wisconsin Distinguished Agriculturalist. The award was established in 1970 to recognize individuals who have provided leadership, service and other contributions to the broader agricultural community.

“I could not think of a more experienced meat processor or more qualified individual to guide this association,” said Chris Young, executive director of AAMP. “Louie’s long-time service to the association and to the trade as a whole will allow him to work on the best solutions to the challenges we will face as an industry.”

Muench is heavily involved in his local community. He served as the Scoutmaster of Cumberland’s Troop 24 for 25 years, assisting 28 scouts to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He is currently the president of the Cumberland Municipal Utility Commission, as well as volunteers for the Cumberland Area Friends of Scouting.

Muench is married to Barbara and has three children, Louis K., Heidi and Eric, and they currently reside in Cumberland, Wisconsin. His sons, Louis K. and Eric are also actively involved in the business. Louie’s Finer Meats has won nearly 500 awards at the state, national and international competitions for their meat products.

Muench succeeds Doug Hankes, Thrushwood Farms Quality Meats, Galesburg, IL, who will remain on the AAMP Board of Directors as the immediate past president. Rick Reams, RJ’s Meats, Hudson, WI, was elected 1st Vice President; Dwight Ely, Ely Farm Products, Inc., Newtown, PA, was elected 2nd Vice President; Darla Kiesel was elected 3rd Vice President; and Chad Lottman, C&C Processing Inc., Diller, NE was elected Treasurer.

AAMP’s elected Operator Directors are Andy Cloud, Cloud’s Meats Inc., Carthage, MO; William Dayton, Dayton Meat Products, Malcom, IA; Brad Turasky, Turasky Meats, Springfield, IL; Matthew Bayer, Country Fresh Meats, Weston, WI; Gregory Fisher, Fisher Packing Co., Portland, IN; Tom Eickman, Eickman’s Processing, Seward, IL; and Scott Filbrandt, Bob’s Processing, South Haven, MI.

AAMP’s elected Supplier Directors are Dave Downs, Mar/Co Sales Inc., Burnsville, MN; Megan Leonard, Handtmann Inc., Lake Forrest, IL; and Jon Frohling, ScottPec, Lyons, CO.

AAMP Remembers Jim Peterson

PetersonLong-time AAMP member James Larry Peterson, age 71, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the rehab at Good Samaritan Society-Lodi, in Lodi, WI. He was born on September 1, 1945, the son of Lawrence and Eunice (Thompson) Peterson, Fairview, Wisconsin.

Jim graduated high school in Richland Center. Jim and his wife Mary were united in marriage on March 23, 1973 in Lodi, Wisconsin. In 1964, Jim purchased the Lodi Locker Market and during the next 25 years he expanded the business and developed new products. Jim sold the Locker Market in 1989 and accepted a position in sales and technical service with Alkar-Rapid Pak Inc.

Jim was very active in the the American Association of Meat Processors, serving multiple times as a director and on several committees. AAMP honored Jim as its 4th inductee into the ‘Cured Meats Hall of Fame’ in 1997 and with its highest honor, ‘The Outstanding Service Award’, in 2006. In an excerpt from the introductory speech by Steve Krut, AAMP’s former executive director, Krut said, “Jim may be the single most honored person in the history of AAMP.” He attended nearly every national and state association convention. Jim served for decades on the board of the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors and is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Meat Industry Hall of Fame

Jim was known as “The Sausage King”. Jim was in the Army and active in the Lodi American Legion Post #216. He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Lodi. He was a Badger Booster, a hunter and collected antique fishing lures.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Megan (fiancé Joe); sister, Connie and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary and his mother and father. Funeral Services will be held at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 206 Pleasant St., Lodi, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2017 with Pastor Mike Lee presiding. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at the GUNDERSON LODI FUNERAL HOME, 157 S. Main St., Lodi from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 and again on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church in Lodi or the Lodi American Legion Post #216. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

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