SOURCE: Meatingplace

December 01, 2008 12:17 ET

Integrity, Generosity Define North Country Smokehouse Owner Mike Satzow, the 2009 Richard L. Knowlton Innovation Award Honoree

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - Mike Satzow, owner of North Country Smokehouse in Claremont, N.H., has been named by Meatingplace as its 2009 Richard L. Knowlton Innovation Award honoree. The Knowlton Award annually honors a meat processing executive for demonstrating excellence in the areas of innovation, business success, leadership and industry contribution.

This year, Satzow was selected to recognize his unflagging dedication to improving his community, his company and his industry. Satzow created an economic development organization that has benefited Claremont during difficult economic times for almost 30 years and he has served on boards or committees dedicated to improving nearly every aspect of life in the community. Meanwhile, his company has gained national and international fame for its artisan bacon, ham, sausage and other smoked meat products.

Finally, fellow industry executives have said Satzow is their first call when they need advice or feedback, and Satzow has served on the board of the North American Meat Processors Association for the better part of 20 years.

"It's an honor for us to recognize Mike's extensive contributions with the Knowlton Award," says Mark Lefens, President of Marketing & Technology Group, publisher of Meatingplace. "He truly embodies the best of what the meat industry has to offer, both inside the plant and out."

The Knowlton Award is named after Richard L. Knowlton, the storied former chairman of Hormel Foods. In receiving it, Satzow joins an impressive roster of past honorees that includes David Wood, Chairman of the Beef Division at Harris Ranch; Phil Clemens, CEO and chairman, Hatfield Quality Meats; James Stonehocker, COO, Odom's Tennessee Pride; Bill Rupp, president, Cargill Meat Solutions, Beef Division; Joel W. Johnson, CEO and chairman, Hormel Foods Corp.; Henry Davis, president, Greater Omaha Packing Co.; Temple Grandin, associate professor, livestock behavior, Colorado State University; Bernie Hansen, former president, Flint Hill Foods; and Justin Segel, former CEO, Emmpak Foods.

Satzow was selected from a field of several prominent executives, all nominated by their peers, customers or associates. Final candidates were screened by a panel of editors, prior Knowlton winners and other industry leaders.

Satzow will receive the award in March in Chicago, during the annual meeting of the North American Meat Processors Association, at an event in his honor.

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