Cincinnati became known as “Porkopolis” due to be the center of the meatpacking industry. Cincinnati became home to a company known as the Cincinnati Butchers’ Supply Company. A guy by the name of Charles G. Schmidt founded the Cincinnati Butchers’ Supply Company and established business in 1886. By 1940, the company had moved to Elmwod Place at Helen and Blade Streets. Still as this location in 1996, the company changed its name from Cincinnati Butchers’ Supply Company to Cincinnati Boss Company which ended up closing by 1999.
The company specialized in manufacturing the machinery which was used for meatpacking industry. These machines include hog and bull killing outfits, sausage and lard machinery, tanks, dryers, evaporators and meatpacking house equipment. They exported throughout the country including South America and were able to maintain an office in Chicago. In 1948, Rookwood commissioned an ashtray with the companys logo, a bull, which is now a collector’s item.
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