Kiolbassa Smoked Meats Expands Operations on San Antonio’s Westside
(September 08, 2017)
Kiolbassa Smoked Meats, a San Antonio-based producer of hand-crafted smoked meat products, recently expanded its footprint on the city’s Westside through the acquisition of a second 88,000 square foot factory located at 1545 S San Marcos Street. The family-owned company has operated from Kiolbassa’s Brazos Street headquarters since opening in 1949. In recent years, the company has experienced significant growth, emerging from a regional brand to one that is now available in all 50 states and Mexico. This growth has resulted in a need for additional production capacity but the company remains true to its Westside roots.
“As we were selecting a new facility, I made it clear to my team that our home is on San Antonio’s Westside and that is where we want to stay,” says Michael Kiolbassa, President of Kiolbassa Smoked Meats. “We were very fortunate to find a space around the corner from our headquarters that offers plenty of room to continue to grow our operations over the coming years.”
The San Marcos Street facility will be home to Kiolbassa’s bacon production. Kiolbassa’s Dry-Cured Bacon has quickly grown in popularity since its introduction in 2015. The Brazos Street headquarters will continue to house the company’s sausage production which includes multiple varieties of authentic hand crafted link sausage as well as a their traditional chorizo product. All Kiolbssa smoked meats continue to be made the old fashioned way in small batches the way it was made 100 years ago in butcher shops.
“Our company has evolved over the past few years. We’ve updated our brand, we’ve added products and now we have added a new facility,” explains Kiolbassa. “Despite these exciting changes, we aren’t losing sight of the things that have fostered our success: one being a commitment to our authentic, small-batch processes, another being a commitment to our San Antonio home.”
Kiolbassa began operating the new facility during the summer of 2017 and now houses several of the company’s administrative departments in addition to the bacon production line. The company expects to make significant investments in the San Marcos Street facility over the coming years.
“We have a long-term plan for upgrading the building that aligns with our plan for strategic growth over the next several years, says Kiolbassa. “We feel these investments are not only good for our business but good for the community where we are investing.”