Raber Packing Company to Rebuild After 2018 Fire

( Raber Packing Company )

Raber Packing Company, a farm-to-fork packinghouse in Peoria, Ill., has announced plans to rebuild the family business after a fire destroyed the facility in November 2018. 

Company president, Buddy Courdt, announced that the company will rebuild in West Peoria. The new facility, projected to cost $8 million dollars, will relocate near its roots to a site on Farmington Road.  

On Nov. 8, 2018, the smokehouses sparked a fire igniting the roof of Raber Packing Company – a family business since 1954. 

According to a company release, the four-alarm blaze, which used more than 1.4 million gallons of water, destroyed the packinghouse and damaged other parts of the business.

A true family affair, the new facility was designed by Courdt and his youngest brother, Brad, an industrial design engineer. The new 40,000-50,000 square foot processing facility will house an expanded retail area, a larger slaughter floor, processing area and office space. 

The new design will provide for the most efficient flow-through from slaughter to counter as well as incorporating new, cost-effective methods, the release said.

The facility will incorporate some of Raber’s most time-honored traditions, too. The Steak ‘N Chop shop will allow kids to get a free cold hotdog and feature new additions, including an engaging meat education play station for kids, as well as a deli where staff will be able to provide more ready-to-eat entrees. 

Raber Packing Company expects to employ 40 full time union employees. 

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