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Heritage


Family owned and operated since 1907, Tank's was started by Fred Tank in "downtown" Elmore. At that time only fresh meat and poultry were sold and home deliveries were made by horse and wagon or sled. "F.J" Tank was joined by his son Walter and Elfreda Tank in 1937. It was at this time that a full line of groceries, fruits and vegetables were added making it the first "full service grocery store" in the area. A new slaughter-house was built in 1947 near where the original livestock barn stood - now the current location of the business. The first Swiss sausage maker was brought over in the mid 1950's at which time a few sausage products began being made. The store in town was closed in 1958 and moved to a small corner of the processing plant. Wholesale business was increased as was home freezer processing.

January 1, 1976 marked the beginning of the third generation when Alois and  Marcia Amstutz ( daughter of Walter and Elfreda Tank) bought the  business. Al was schooled and took his apprenticeship in sausage making and meat cutting in his home of Switzerland, immigrating to the United States in 1964. The product line has greatly increased forcing several more additions to the processing plant. Specialty Swiss and German products were added and are sent to specialty markets around the area and also in Cincinnati.

Today sees the families fourth generation taking over. Sons Eric and Kurt are taking control with Mom and Dad still helping out and answering questions to make the transition easier. Brother-in law Ken Petersen is also active in the business as is daughter-in law Julie Amstutz. Fifth generation grandchildren can even be found bagging groceries on a busy Saturday morning. Definitely a " family business" through the generations, all family members have helped work to make Tank's a success. Continually changing and growing, the "Tank's Meats Family" prides themselves with the high quality of livestock that is purchased from local farmers and cut continually through out the day - the way you want it cut. Hometown pride and service has always been a prime motivation and it is felt that you have to do your best to achieve the best.