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history

Miniat has a rich heritage that began over 100 years ago, when a Lithuanian immigrant began peddling meat in the former stockyards of Chicago.

During the early years of business, our founder’s commitment to service stemmed from the necessity to simply survive. Now, after a century in practice, that drive has become the very core of who we are today.

  • 1896 Michael begins peddling meat on a horse drawn wagon on the south side of Chicago

  • 1917 Ed Miniat, Sr. begins working in the family business

  • 1920s Horse and wagons are replaced with motorized trucks

  • 1958 Ed Miniat, Sr., Ed Miniat, Jr., and Ron Miniat form Ed Miniat Incorporated

  • 1966 Miniat transitions from peddling meat to fabricating boxed beef

  • 1987 Fourth generation family members Michael and David enter the business and develop the Miniat sous-vide cooking process

  • 1996 Miniat builds a manufacturing facility and moves its cooked meat operation to South Holland, IL

  • 2007 David Miniat named chairman for the North American Meat Institute, 2007-2008

  • 2009 Miniat opens the Culinary Center and new Headquarters at the South Holland cooked meat plant

  • 2011 Ed Miniat recognized as the Loyola Family Business Center’s Large Family Business of the Year

  • 2014 Construction begins on a 60,000 sq.-ft. expansion at our South Holland cooked meat facility

  • 2015 The expansion opens — increasing capacity and creating new jobs