Chad Lottman was elected president of the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) during the 79th Annual Convention of Meat Processors and Suppliers’ Exhibition, July 21, in Kansas City, Missouri.
Lottman, along with wife, Courtney, are the owners and operators of C&C Processing in Diller, Nebraska, and Landmark Snacks in Beatrice, Nebraska. A first-generation processor, Lottman built the business from the ground up. In 1994, at the age of 19, the Lottmans bought the only grocery store in Chad’s hometown of Diller. They ran the store for two years until their first addition and added meat processing to the business. In 1996, a slaughter floor was added and the back of the store was utilized to become a custom exempt plant. In 2001, C & C Processing doubled its size and became a USDA inspected plant. In 2003, the store was remodeled to include more space for specialty meats, as well as to accommodate a booming deer processing business. A year later, they expanded again, adding a processing area and a sausage-making area with a smokehouse. After continued growth, Landmark Snacks was built in nearby Beatrice to allow the expansion of their co-packing business and was opened in April 2016.
The Lottmans have developed their own line of specialty products called Blue Valley Brand Meats. In 2002, they bought Pony Express Ranch, a product line featuring old-fashioned and hickory smoked meats. In addition to the facility expansions, BlueValleyBrand.com was created to better serve their customers. The website provides a variety of services, including product pictures/descriptions, ordering items to be shipped, recipes, and more. While they built their business with custom processing and deer processing, co-packing for other customers is now the primary focus.
At the state level, Chad has been a member of the Nebraska Association of Meat Processors (NAMP) for over 20 years and served as director for over 12 years. He served as president of NAMP in 2004. Chad actively helps with and attends both state and national meat association conventions, striving to gain more knowledge and expertise in the industry. C&C Processing has also won countless awards with their products at both state and national cured meats shows.
At the national level, Chad and Courtney were the recipients of the AAMP Accomplishment Award in 2001, which recognizes the honoree’s outstanding achievements in the meat and poultry industry, accomplished over a relatively short period of time. Chad has served as the chair of the Meat Inspection/Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as the Membership and Scholarship Committees.
In his local community, Chad has been a member of the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce since 2002, Beatrice Chamber of Commerce since 2012, and member of the Diller Community Club since 1994. He has been a Diller volunteer firefighter for over 22 years, 18 of those years also serving as an EMT. In 2007, Chad received the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce. He is a lifetime member and 7th generation at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Diller. Chad and Courtney have two daughters.
Lottman succeeds Louie E. Muench, Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland, WI, who will remain on the AAMP Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President. Dwight Ely, Ely Farm Products, Newtown, PA, was elected 1st Vice President; Darla Kiesel, Dewig Meats, Haubstadt, IN, was elected 2nd Vice President; Tom Eickman, Eickman’s Processing, Seward, IL, was elected 3rd Vice President; and Rick Reams, RJ’s Meats, Hudson, WI, was elected Treasurer.
AAMP’s elected Operator Directors are Mike Holland, Holland Brothers Meats, Duncansville, PA; Bill Dayton, Dayton Meat Products, Malcom, IA; Leighton Western, Western’s Smokehouse, Greentop, MO; Shane Flowers, Project Meats & Ranch House Sausage Co., Billings, MT; Matthew Bayer, Country Fresh Meats Inc., Weston, WI; Greg Fisher, Fisher Packing Co., Portland, IN; Scott Filbrandt, Bob’s Processing, Inc., South Haven, MI; and Ryan Schmidt, Schmidt’s Meat Market Inc., Nicollet, MN.
AAMP’s elected Supplier Directors are Rhonda Ashby, UltraSource LLC, Kansas City, MO; Megan Leonard, Handtmann Inc., Lake Forest, IL; and Jon Frohling, ScottPec, Box Elder, SD.