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North Country Smokehouse Opens New Headquarters
Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017

From left: Members of the Breton Family join Mike Satzow (with scissors), Claremont Mayor Charlene Lovett (second to right), and Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elyse Crossman.


The North Country Smokehouse, known for making artisanal meats and cheese since 1912, officially opened its new 65,000-square-foot headquarters in Claremont on Oct. 22, cutting a ribbon at a ceremony attended by 200 people.
The new facility is more than four times the size of the old facility and features post and beam construction, and is employee friendly with significant glass and open space and a large breakroom. The facility will allow significantly higher and more efficient production. As a result, the smokehouse plans to hire about 15 additional team members in the coming months.
Claremont Mayor Charlene Lovett, Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elyse Crossman and local elected officials joined members of the Breton family, who purchased the company in 2015, and the Satzow family for the ribbon cutting. The company was founded in Claremont in 1912 by Mike Satzow’s grandfather.
“We were so pleased with the turnout for the event and to celebrate the fact that we will continue to grow the North Country Smokehouse in Claremont,” says Satzow, who now serves as executive vice president of sales and marketing for the company. “I know that we will grow and thrive here and am so pleased that the Breton family was on hand to join us and is so committed to keeping the smokehouse local.”
The Breton family owns and operates duBreton, the largest organic and natural producer of pork in North America. The company was founded in 1944, has more than 550 employees and accesses a network of more than 200 farms in Quebec and Ontario.
With a national client base and distribution partners that include Whole Foods and Hannaford Supermarkets, the North Country Smokehouse is poised for additional growth. Its award-winning meats are served in many five star restaurants. The new location is in the Syd Clark Industrial Park, located on 85 acres of Grissom Road and just five miles off Interstate 91. The construction project is believed to be the largest privately funded construction project in the city’s history.

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