STANHOPE - A well known local locker is once again open for business with new ownership in downtown Stanhope.
Owner Ahmad Manci purchased the Stanhope Locker in October, and with a staff of six employees continues to produce the same well- known beef jerky, meat sticks and sausage the Locker has been known for many years.
Although he had never been to the Stanhope Locker, Manci saw it as a business opportunity.
-Messenger photo by Emilie Nelson-Jenson
Tau Vinchattle, left and Ahmad Manci cut a portion of beef that will be steaks at the Stanhope Locker. Manci purchased the locker in October.
"I heard this locker was for sale," said Manci. "I knew that it would tie in well with my other business."
Manci also owns the Pammel Grocery and Pammel Deli in Ames, and will be able to provide meat for the businesses through the locker.
"For the past 25 years I was going to other lockers for meat," he said.
Besides the signature jerky and meat sticks, the Stanhope Locker sells ground beef through its retail store.
"We have our ground beef at $2.99 a pound, that has been going over very well," said Manci.
Most of the products prepared at the Stanhope Locker come from local producers, Manci said.
"Most of the products we get locally," he said. "Lots of local beef and lamb from around the area."
The locker also butchers beef, lamb and goats and processes deer.
"We will also work with someone who wants to order a quarter or half beef," he said.
The Stanhope Locker offers plenty of room for butchering, allowing a quicker pick-up time for customers.
"We are available for those who want to do beef or lamb," said Manci.
"We have plenty of room. Our goal is to make sure that we not only treat our customers right we make sure they get their products on time."
WEST BEND - For more than 35 years, the Skoglund Meat Locker has offered specialty meats and meat processing in the West Bend area.
Owner Mark Skoglund said the locker can process lamb, beef, pork, and deer for area farmers and hunters in a timely matter along with producing its specialty retail products such as its award-winning hams, meat sticks, sausage and fresh cut meats.
"We do a lot of custom beef, pork and lamb for area farmers," said Skoglund. "We have the capacity to accommodate the orders in our new larger facility with less wait time for someone who needs something processed The venison season is always a big time for us."
Skoglund Locker also has access to local producers for customers interested in purchasing half and quarter beef.
"We can arrange for that locally," said Skoglund.
Skoglund's locker is also known for its private label items and fundraiser products.
"We can do fundraising with our meat products and we manufacture snack sticks for other groups," he said.
The Skoglund Meat Locker also offers gift boxes and mail order gift boxes of their meat products.
"We have a unique retail area and a lot of award winning products," said Skoglund.