HUNTINGTON, W.Va. “Two of southern West Virginia’s best-known wholesale meat distributors have become one.
Tuesday, Buzz Products, Inc., based in the Kanawha Valley. announced the acquisition of SS Logan Packing Company based in Huntington. SS Logan Packing was founded in 1925 by the Logan family, is the manufacturer and marketer of Cavalier brand hot dogs, bologna, bacon and other popular regional groceries.
SS Logan Packing Company also supplies West Virginia grocery stores, butchers and restaurants with a wide selection of pork, cheese and beef products.
Dickinson Gould, President of trendy products told MetroNews it was a natural fit between two locally owned family meat companies.
“Buzz has always been the local beef company, SS Logan has always been the local pork company. For us, it was Yin and Yang, a perfect match. We do so many of the same things, it’s like we live parallel lives, but one company is in Charleston and another is in Huntington.
Gould said he convinced himself long ago that acquiring SS Logan would be a goal. He said Buzz officials have always had a good working relationship with the Logan family.
“I think it’s not an easy decision to sell a private family business. Especially the one you grew up in. I think Buddy (Logan) finally came to the conclusion that we were the right people to pursue the company after him and that our plans would benefit their employees and customers.
Buzz’s subsidiary businesses include Appalachian Abattoir, a livestock harvesting and processing facility that opened in Kanawha County earlier this year. Buzz also operates General Steak & Seafood, a retail butcher and fresh seafood market in downtown Charleston.
According to Gould, Cavalier’s distribution routes will remain the same. Products manufactured in Charleston and Huntington currently have distribution access as far west as Lexington, KY., as far east as Roanoke, VA., as far north as Pittsburgh and Erie, PA, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, and as far south as Winston -Salem, North Carolina.
Gould said he is committed to keeping all SS Logan team members on board, with plans to grow the company’s brands.
He said customers should expect to see more products in stores, including pork, cheese, seafood and steak.
“The client will continue to benefit from the same excellent service and communication as both companies. The first benefit they will start to see is access to exciting new product opportunities,” Gould said.