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Committed to Tradition For Nearly 90 Years When Anton Weber and his son Magnus purchased Smith’s in 1949, they hardly envisioned that the small butcher shop founded in 1927 would eventually occupy more than 100,000 square feet of space, two locations and see annual sales of $16 million. At the time, Anton and Magnus were too busy formulating their own recipes and stuffing sausages, wieners and bologna by hand to focus on that sort of planning. But their work ethic and the example that they set for future generations of the family owned and operated business set the stage for growth and expansion. As president of Smith Provision Co., Inc. for the past 25 years, Mike Weber never strayed far from the basic principles that his father and grandfather used to guide the business: never compromise on quality; treat people with respect; and, give back to those who support you. Those who know Mike will tell you his mantra has always been that the customer comes first. This tenet has served Smith’s well over the past eight decades. The Company sees growth year over year, and while proud of that growth, the Weber family is careful to manage it in conservative steps, which has served customers, the community and Smith’s employees well. As the Erie community braces for changes in the future, Smith’s offers a small but important example of what community commitment means and why it is important. Weber is proud to note that while the employee group is relatively small, with 47 full-time employees, the Company has never had a layoff and offers family-sustaining wages and a health-care and retirement plan that is almost unheard of in this day and age. Says Weber, “In my view, dedicated, knowledgeable
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1300 Cranberry Street Erie, PA 16501 Third and fourth generations of the Weber Family (from left): Liz Weber, assistant plant manager; Mike Weber, president; Sara Kallner, vice president, Business Operations; John Weber, senior vice president, Manufacturing; Emily Weber, plant manager
employees are the key to consistently preparing safe, delicious and memorable foods to our friends, neighbors and community.”
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With a limited marketing budget, Smith’s has been creative in the path it has chosen to grow its business, leveraging relationships with iconic sports teams, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, to expand its geographic footprint and brand itself in a way that encourages customers to try the product for the first time.
Weber nears retirement, he takes great pride in passing the reins to his brother, John, as the new president; as well as watching the fourth generation: three of his five daughters and his son-in-law continue to leave their mark on the family business. “If I have a legacy to leave, it is the commitment to quality products that was passed down to John and me from our grandfather Tony, and our dad Max, and that we are happily instilling in the fourth generation to operate Smith’s,” he says.
Smith’s also has rolled out several new items in the past decade enjoyed by loyal customers who appreciate product that is smoked the way it would have been 100 years ago: by burning real, locally sourced, sugar maple wood. Smith’s sliced bacon; old fashioned hams and the iconic Ox Roast are all products that die-hard fans will ship across the country if they can’t make it home to Erie to find it on the store shelf. Recently, the Company rolled out the family’s oldfashioned kielbasa, branding it Boski Kielbasa, an homage to “divine sausage.” Weber will tell you that there is no greater compliment than the customers who will stop him to tell a story about Smith’s products being enjoyed with family and friends, and that it is those moments that make him feel both humbled and incredibly grateful. As mbabizmag.com • OCTOBER 2016
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