Abingdon Meat Packers was first established by Gino DeSimone in June, 1977. After purchasing a burned out shell of a former meat packaging plant, Gino set about rebuilding the facility along with his sons: Tony, Luke and Joe, and with the support of his wife Barbara. After strenuous work, self sacrifice, and personal financial investment, slaughtering operations, soon commenced. Gino made the decision to concentrate mainly in veal and lamb at the Provincial level.
This past June, and 30 years later, Abingdon Meat Packers Limited became Federal, with the completion of their state of the art plant construction. For the DeSimone family, this major accomplishment was a long time in the making, however, always part of the overall business goal.
A.M.P. made inroads into the larger supermarket chains because of the Desimone family’s uncompromising dedication to quality. Unfortunately, Gino passed away in 1997 before he could realize his dream of taking the company he established, to the next level.
This did not deter his sons, who having a strong work ethic instilled into them, set about designing and finally building a Federally Inspected slaughter facility. Being located in a fairly remote area, the obstacles were at times almost insurmountable. The lack of adequate hydro, and natural gas supplies, almost shelved the project, but eventually, the proper utilities were brought in and the plant was finally complete.
Abingdon Meat Packers Limited is now known as Federal Establishment #373. Abingdon knows what their customers want; consistency in carcass size, quality, service and competitive pricing. A.M.P. is building their business of supplying only the highest quality lamb and veal. Abingdon’s goal is to compete by pleasing their customer and exceeding expectations. The DeSimone family’s entrepreneurial spirit, hard work ethics and commitment to their customers lives on through their fathers dream.