The Northern Packing Company opened for business on December 9, 1919, and processed a variety of meats, sausage products, and poultry\hog feet. The plant was located just outside of Grand Forks, on U.S. Highway 81. The first meeting of the Board of Directors had taken place on September 8, 1916. The company was organized by Grand Forks businessmen, partly to provide a convenient place for area farmers to market their produce. H.R. Elliott, the manager of a successful packing company in Duluth, Minnesota, was chosen to be the manager of the Northern Packing Company. The company began with high expectations but came to experience financial difficulties throughout much of its history. The company over-estimated the amount of processing, and often the plant was used at only one third of its capacity. Many people living near outlying towns brought their business to the local butcher instead of traveling the long distance to Grand Forks. During the Great Depression, the plant was forced to close down when the Reconstruction Finance Corporation foreclosed its unpaid $80,000 mortgage. Armour & Company bought the plant on December 1, 1941, the same day bankruptcy was filed in Northeast District Court. Pillsbury took over the plant in either 1960 or 1961; the first reference to this was found in the 1961 Grand Forks City Directory. Armour, however, maintained a wholesale division in Grand Forks until 1990.
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