James Everett Western, operated a butcher shop in the coal mining town of Connelsville, Missouri
Glen Western, son of James Everett Western, butchered and peddled hogs in the small community of Greentop, Missouri and surrounding area.
Sam Western, son of Glen Western, became the youngest manager of a large meat retail chain in Kirksville, Missouri
Sam & Amy Western designed and constructed the original building which is where the Western's Smokehouse retail store is located today. The business was originally a custom butcher shop.
Over the years the business continued to expand. In addition to butchering, the retail store, and deer processing, they began to offer catering and nation-wide shipping.
Sam Western was elected President of the Missouri Association of Meat Processors. The business added a 1,000 sq ft expansion.
Kevin Western, son of Sam & Amy Western, started working at the family business full time.
Sam Western was inducted into the Missouri Assocation of Meat Processors Hall of Fame.
Sam & Kevin Western were featured on the cover of Missouri Ruralist. The Western's logo with the yellow banner was introduced.
Western's Smokehouse redirected the focus of their business to developing a shelf stable snack stick. The Western's logo featuring three cowboys was introduced.
Kevin Western was elected President of the Missouri Assocation of Meat Processors and was awarded the American Association of Meat Processors Accomplishment Award in Buffalo, NY.
Western's Smokehouse earned four awards at IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany from the German Butcher's Association.
Western's ceased custom butchering and deer processing to pave the way for more production capabilities.
Sam Western won the American Cured Meat Hall of Fame Award.
Kevin Western became President of the American Association of Meat Processors.
Kevin Western was inducted into the Missouri Association of Meat Processors Hall of Fame. Production moved into a new facility at 1978 Western Drive in Greentop, MO.
Western's Smokehouse earned five awards at IFFA in Frankfurt, Germany from the German Butcher's Association. Western's earned Worldwide GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and SQF (Safe Quality Food) Certification.
Western's Smokehouse was featured as Independent Processor of the Year and was the cover story of the magazine.