Armour Cudahy Packing Co.
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The Cudahy meat packing industry dates back to the turn of the century. The Cudahy meat industry, with
stockyards in Omaha, Chicago, Sioux City
and Los Angeles produced the REX brand of fine beef and pork products. The company also produced
lard, soaps and patent medicine products
such as "Cudahy's Essence of Pepsin" and "Cudahy's Rexsoma" that used the animal byproducts. The
patent medicines were marketed as
nutritional supplements for improved health!
Cudahy Packing Company
The Irish-born Cudahy brothers started working in the Milwaukee meat business in the early 1860s; there
they met Philip Armour, whom they
followed to Chicago during the 1870s. In the years that followed, the Cudahys operated small packing
plants in Chicago. In 1887, with Armour's
backing, Michael Cudahy and his brothers started an Armour-Cudahy packing plant in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Cudahy Packing Co. was created in
1890, when Michael bought Armour's interest. Over the next 30 years, the company added branches
across the country, including a cleaning
products plant at East Chicago, Indiana, built in 1909. In 1911, the company's headquarters were
transferred from Omaha to Chicago. By the
mid-1920s, Cudahy was one of the nation's leading food companies, with over $200 million in annual
sales and 13,000 employees around the
country. Although it was hard hit by the Great Depression, the company still employed about 1,000
Chicago-area residents during the mid-1930s.
Following World War II, the company moved its headquarters first to Omaha and, in 1965, to Phoenix,
where it took the name Cudahy Co. During
the 1970s, after it was purchased by General Host, Cudahy was dismantled.
Armour's Vigoral
3 1/4" tall
Minature Train Reefer Car
Cudahy's Rexsoma