Two things we'll bet you didn't know:
1) The American meat industry has a Hall of Fame -- known, surprisingly, as the Meat Industry Hall of Fame.
And 2) Mike Satzow, whose grandfather started Claremont's North Country Smokehouse and who ran it for many years, has just been named as one of only 7 inductees to the 2018 class.
Here's what the Hall has to say:
The Board of Trustees of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame proudly announces seven new members will be inducted into the Hall as the Class of 2018. Approximately 40 industry titans were nominated this year, and the Class of 2018 was elected from those nominees by the Trustees and all the living Members of the Hall. Nominees included industry executives, scientists, innovators and association leaders from all sectors of the livestock, meatpacking and poultry processing industries.
Once again, the Board of Trustees and living Members of the Hall have done well to sort through a crowded field of well-qualified nominations,” said Andy Hanacek, director of the Meat Industry Hall of Fame and editor-in-chief of The National Provisioner magazine. “The Hall welcomes a class representing a wide variety of disciplines and divisions of the meat and poultry industry. All inductees have a staunch record of innovation and advancement behind them, and I personally cannot wait to celebrate their accomplishments at the ceremony in February.
In case you're hankering to go, that'll be Feb. 11, 2019, at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.