Cincinnati Mayor Cranley to Proclaim May 25th as Queen City Sausage Day! Proclamation to be presented!

19 May, 15

 Elmer Hensler, founder and president reflects on his 50 year past while building an even brighter future.


Elmer Hensler is a proud Cincinnatian.  He speaks very fondly of growing up in Cincinnati’s West End in the 1930’s.  This was the historic meatpacking district and it had a profound impact on Elmer in his youth.  Elmer began working in the local slaughterhouse, just up the street from his home.  He was 11 years old.  “I just showed up at the slaughterhouse doing odd jobs hoping they would hire me.”  Elmer reflects.  He did this before grade school by rising at 4:00 a.m.   


By 1965, Elmer, along with two partners, started Queen City Sausage.  They pulled together $13,000.  Elmer likes to reflect on several things; Queen City Sausage is the last independent standing after over 40 meat companies, including Kahn’s went out of business in Cincinnati since he started.  Additionally the company has always made a profit, and is now adding on a 14,000 sq. ft. addition.  The 12th since 1965.


Not only is 2015 the 50th anniversary for Queen City Sausage it also marks a milestone for the company by expanding into additional Kroger markets outside of Cincinnati including all of Ohio, Indiana, and parts of Michigan and Illinois.  The company is also the official sausage of the Reds and Bengals.


Elmer lives by two mottos; “Never cheapen your product” and “I don’t want to be the biggest, just the best.”  50 years is a long time to be in business.  Elmer’s mottos have served him well!


Elmer Hensler will be presented the proclamation at City Hall, Wednesday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m..


Queen City Sausage and Provision, Inc. was founded 1965 by Elmer Hensler.  Authentic, German crafted sausage making is a hallmark of the company.  The company is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, privately owned and remains in the Hensler family.  Queen City brats and metts are the best-selling sausages in the region.  Queen City Sausage and Provision, Inc.  1136 Straight Street, Cincinnati, OH 45214.  Contact: Mark Balasa/Director of Marketing/513/541-5581.

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