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Charles Mateker, new owner of the Berthold Meat Shop, prepares to wrap a fresh cut of beef at Mateker's Meats in St. Louis.
By Marvin Baker
A Berthold business with increasing demand has caught the attention of a St. Louis entrepreneur.
Charles Mateker, who operates Mateker Meats in Missouri’s second largest city, recently purchased the Berthold Meat Shop, along with Eric Seykora of Kenmare. Mateker is currently the sole proprietor but Seykora will become a partner when some state paperwork is completed.
“I always wanted to own a processing plant,” Mateker said. “I love North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. I looked at a plant in Wyoming, but it was priced way out of line. Then in talking to Eric and Amy (Seykora), we found out the meat shop was up for sale and agreed, there’s definitely a need.”
Eric Seykora, Kenmare, now works daily in the meat shop. He says expansion is already taking place and he plans to process 12 cattle and six to eight hogs per week.
“There’s four people working here now, plus Charlie and I,” Seykora said. “We’re probably going to increase retail quite a bit and offer catering.”... Read EVERY WORD on EVERY PAGE of The Kenmare News by subscribing--online or in print!