I have always viewed the old Krey Packing Plant from along North Florissant, and while it’s impressive from that angle, the real way to view its massive proportions is from one block to the west.
Its truncated smokestack stands on the right; the plant shows us that not all of the big players in the packing industry were in National City, across the river.
Apparently, the last chairman died recently. It seems there are still some hard feelings from his closing of the plant in 1978, according to one of the comments left on his obituary:
My father worked for Krey Packing Co. and was the last employee to lock the doors behind him. John Krey took my fathers pension at the age of 50! My father also invented a machine that John Krey stole and patented. My father never recovered from this and died a pauper at an early age. It’s un-nerving to know that John Krey has a house in Palm Beach and another in Ladue. Thanks for treating all your employees like the pigs you used to slaughter!