Al and Janet Feucht look fondly on the business they used to own.
Al and Janet Feucht look fondly on the business they used to own.

     Let’s get to the meat of the matter.

     If Brandon didn’t have Al and Janet Feucht toiling among its 856 residents, it would be a lesser community.

     Since buying Brandon Meats & Sausage May 1, 1985, the Feuchts have grown the business from three full- and two part-time employees to, at one time, a 30-person workforce; its building at 117 S. Commercial St. has undergone major remodeling five times; it has experienced steady growth in its retail sales and processing lines; and it has netted more than 200 product awards at Wisconsin meat conventions and eight national honors.

     Such success didn’t come easily for the Feuchts, who will hang up their cleavers next week Tuesday.

     Working together, the couple built up Brandon Meats while raising their family. ... “We were both here all the time,” Janet said, explaining that the time commitment in those early days later reaped benefits for the children and grandchildren as the business grew and thrived.

     The Feuchts became known for their integrity, attention to quality and an incredible work ethic that included 12- to 14-hour days.

     After they sold the business last fall to John Benson and Ryan Redmann, Al and Janet cut their hours to “short days,” working only from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

     Their commitment to the business over the years was accompanied by an abiding pledge to Brandon. ...

                                — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire editorial, see the Sept. 21, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.