Tank’s Meats Inc., a good old-fashioned meat market offers customers full service with lots of history behind it. The Elmore business was started 102 years ago in 1907 by F.J. Tank. When the business started, it simply sold beef, pork, luncheon meats and cheeses.
The owners of Tank’s Meats Inc. have included F.J Tank, Walter and Elfreda Tank and Alois and Marcia Amstutz. Currently, Tank’s Meats Inc. is operated by Eric and Kurt Amstutz.
Before Alois came to the United States, he went to school in Switzerland from 1954-1957, where he learned about sausage-making. After he finished his apprenticeship, Al saw an ad in the newspaper for a sausage-maker, and he subsequently came to the United States.
In 1975, Marcia’s father’s health started to decline. That winter, she and Al were approached by her parents, who told them the couple they were going to retire after the first of the year. They offered to sell Tank’s to Al and Marcia.
Al and Marcia never planned to buy the store, but “it was a commitment you wanted to see continue,” Marcia said. They took over the business Jan. 1, 1976.
Company operations have changed since the doors first opened 102 years ago.
Since the business was opened, they have made many improvements. “We have made about nine to 10 additions to the building since the business started,” Marcia said.
In addition, the prices and cuts of meat have also changed over time. In the beginning, meat was sold with bones in them; now it is sold boneless. In addition, there were very few cuts of meat back then.
Tank’s Meats has been honored by both the Ohio Association of Meat Processors and the American Association of Meat Processors by winning awards of Grand and Reserve Grand Champion on State and National levels for their smoked hams, bacon, fresh pork sausage natural casing wieners, summer sausage, German bologna, pickle pimento loaf, braunschweiger, pepper stick, artistic and commercial party trays.
Eric Amstutz was named the president of Ohio Meat Processers Association in March 2009.
“This is definitely a family business,” Marcia said. “Through the generations, all the family members have helped make Tank’s success possible.”
Continually changing and growing, the Tank’s Meats family prides itself on the high quality of livestock purchased from local farmers, which is cut continually throughout the day.
“Hometown pride and service have always been a motivation and it is felt that you have to do your best to achieve the best,” Marcia said.
Alan Reeder is a student at Genoa High School.