Founding Site of Smithfield Packing Company
At this site on September 16, 1936, Joseph W. Luter and Joseph W. Luter Jr. founded Smithfield Packing Company which alter became known as Smithfield Foods. The meat processing plant built at this location cured and smoked fresh hams into what is now known as the world famous Smithfield Ham.
Today Smithfield Foods is the largest pork and turkey processor in the world with operations in 29 states and 12 foreign countries. Sales in 2008 were twelve billion dollars. Joseph W. Luter III is currently chairman of the Board of Smithfield Foods having served as Chief Executive Officer from April 1975 to September 2007. Joseph W. Luter IV, the fourth generation of Luters, currently serves as Executive Vice President.
Erected 2008 by Smithfield Foods.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 36° 59.05′ N, 76° 37.844′ W. Marker is in Smithfield, Virginia, in Isle of Wight County. Marker is at the intersection of Commerce Street and Luter Drive
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Isle of Wight County War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Todd House & the First Smithfield Ham (about 500 feet away); Bricks in the Crosswalk (about 800 feet away); Ivy Hill Cemetery (about 800 feet away); Old Isle of Wight Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Law & Politics in 18th Century Isle of Wight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Atkinson Storehouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Smithfield (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smithfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.