Three individuals with outstanding lifetime contributions to the meat business are set to be inducted into the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame at a May 2 recognition ceremony. They include an immigrant who found the American Dream; an academic who became a captain of the processed meats business; and an entrepreneur who founded a firm that has become the backbone of a community.
This year’s inductees are:
Karl Koslowski has “lived the American Dream.” Born in Hanau, Germany, he came to Milwaukee in the 1950s. There he took a job in a local butcher shop and later started his own business. Today, “Karl’s Country Market” continues as a medium-sized grocery store, but with a unique and very specialized meat department. Producing more than 100 varieties of ethnic processed meat products, his fine products have earned many accolades including 79 state, 51 national and 17 international product competition awards. Karl has eagerly worked to educate and help others. Karl has clearly defined himself as a great entrepreneur, “sausage man” and meat industry friend most deserving for inclusion in the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame.
William E. Kramlich
Bill Kramlich has made major contributions to the meat industry from both an academic and commercial perspective. His academic pursuits led to publication of works describing the primary concepts of meat flavor development, and he developed materials still used today in the education of meat scientist throughout the nation. As a businessman, he was an executive in research and development at John Morrell and later the president of Hillshire Farms in New London, Wis. Next in his career, Bill and his wife founded Silver Creek Specialty Meats of Oshkosh, which is currently operated by their sons. Above all, he is a modest gentleman that we recognize as a worthy member of the Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame.
Harland Schraufnagel founded Abbyland Foods in 1977 and has taken it from a small meat packer serving the Abbotsford area to a large, highly successful integrated meat packing, processing and transportation company. Abbyland markets products nationwide under its own label and also manufactures and packages a wide variety of sausages and cooked meat products for many other companies. Meticulous attention to quality and providing outstanding customer service are hallmarks of Harlan’s success. Abbyland is a major employer in the Abbotsford and Curtiss area and an important contributor to the economy and well-being of the communities. The Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame is proud to welcome Harland into its membership.
The Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place during the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Livestock and Meat Council on May 2, 2013. The induction luncheon will begin at noon at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison. Reservations can be made through Jeff Swenson, Division of Agricultural Development, Wisconsin DATCP, P.O. Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911, for $35 per person.
The Wisconsin Meat Industry Hall of Fame was created in 1993 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the meat industry in Wisconsin. The Hall of Fame program is coordinated by and housed in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory. To learn more, visit-
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Photos of MIHOF inductees found here:
William E. Kramlich