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Third Generation Meat Processor Goes Global with Contracting

William McGreevy is growing a third generation meat processing company that started in Wichita back in 1930. Native American Enterprises, LLC is a USDA certified value-added meat processor  that makes a variety of products from pork taco filling, chili and diced meats to gourmet duck fat cooking spray. The company has scaled up to the point that its products fed an estimated 12 million people in 2018.

Humble Beginnings

McGreevy’s Native American great grandfather, Herb Fallis, began selling taco and chili seasonings  based on an old family recipe in 1930. Years later, Fallis supported his sons William and Lester McGreevy when they developed a specialty meats processing company that sold its products to Wichita area grocery stores and butcher shops. The company, McGreevy’s Midwest Meat Company, expanded over a twenty year period through the 1990’s. By the year 2000, there were only three meat processors in Wichita: McGreevy’s Midwest Meat Company, Indian Hills and Swiss Burger.

Branched out on his own

William McGreevy grew up in the business with his father, but decided to start-up his own food commodity brokerage business with his brother Scott McGreevy in 2007. After receiving the socio-economic certifications as a Native American Owned and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, the McGreevy brothers secured a large contract from the USDA Commodity Food Program in 2012. “When we were awarded the USDA contract, we quickly ramped up our meat processing operations in the family’s plant under a new corporation called Native American Enterprises, LLC,” said McGreevy.

McGreevy’s meat processing facility on North West Street in Wichita was USDA inspected to process value added meat products for the agency’s Commodity Food Program. McGreevy supplemented the USDA contract orders with new food contracts from U.S. military agencies. “Our father had successfully contracted with the U.S. military over the years to expand his business beyond the local market, and I was able to reach out to those accounts to secure new contracts,” said McGreevy.

As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Native American Enterprises was able to use a SDVOSB brokerage firm to secure new contracts,  doublingthe volume of military food commodity contracts awarded over the last two years. One of the company’s largest orders in the past two years was a military contract for processed diced lamb that was distributed to bases in Afghanistan, Qatar, Iraq and Kuwait.

In early June 2017, Native American Enterprises, LLC obtained SBA HUBZone designation that allowed the company to be more competitive in its government contract work. “The HUBZone designation allows an additional 10% price preference in our bids for government contracts, and that enables us to compete with the larger meat processors in the marketplace,” said McGreevy.

Currently, McGreevy leads a staff of over 25 employees, and its largest contracts are with the USDA Food Commodity Program. The volume of these contracts has allowed the company to invest in better meat processing machinery and packing equipment. The upgraded equipment expanded the capacity of its operations to handle more commercial and retail product offerings and placed them in a prime position to obtain new, sizable pork commodity contracts that became available as a result of fewer imports from China.

SBA’s Emerging Leaders Impact on Strategic Planning

McGreevy graduated the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2016 with a strategic growth action plan for the business.   

“Emerging Leaders helped me visualize and then create a road map to grow our commodity contract and commercial business,” said McGreevy. “The program helped me realize how important and effective it is to write down growth goals with action steps and milestones. I still use and update my strategic growth plan, and share it with my managers and employees to keep us all on the same page when it comes to decision making,” continued McGreevy.

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Native American Enterprises, LLC
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Wichita, Kansas
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