Krey’s Packing Plant, Hyde Park

Not all meat packing and processing occurred across the river in National City; Hyde Park was known as a packing district well into the 1970’s, when Krey’s closed in 1978.

The building has really fallen on hard times; it is now some sort of scrapping company. Still, interesting glazed terracotta elements still show off their faded luster.

This crumbling wood structure seems to have been an air conditioning or refrigeration unit.

Much of the building is in very bad shape, with crumbling walls and plants growing out of the roof.

I suspect the twin smokestacks were once much taller, but were truncated at some point due to deterioration.

You can read the obituary of the last president here.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Linda Bivens says:

    does anyone know a Ms. Stephanie Krey of the Krey meat packing company? She was engaged to my boss when I left C.Schmitt Rolls Royce and I never heard if they married but I was curious- thanks in advance for any info.

  2. This is very interesting to learn about the Krey Meat Packing Company in St. Louis, Missouri. I appreciate your historical research and nice images. I should check out the rest of your website. (I arrived here for the Krey name google search.) Thank you for caring enough to create a creative, interesting and historical website.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Thank you!

  3. KEVIN P WARD says:

    Yes,My grandfather,John W Arnzen,Worked at Krey Packing in St Louis in 1930s,Then went to the Dubuque Packing Co (Walhert) family owned by in Dubuque Iowa in beginning of its operation in 1939.

  4. Paul Magyar says:

    My great-grandfather, George Magyar, worked at Krey’s until he retired, sometime in the 1950’s.

  5. Francis Fung says:

    In 1977 I was hired by Mr Tom Morgan the Engineering Manager as an Industrial Engineer after graduating from University of Illinois CU. I was hired because I didn’t faint or throw up while standing next to the bleeding line. A full operation packing house from slaughtering to shipping out hot dogs was a perfect training ground for an industrial engineer. The smell, the sights, the noise, the manual crafting, the automation in processing and packaging, and, the food engineering and chemistry……Working out the timing and positioning of a hog emerging from the hot tank to the de-hairing tunnel under the watchful eyes of two union workers was a memorable exercise. (The big fellow taped me on the shoulder a couple of weeks later thanking me for making the job easier. He was stationed at the exit end of the de-hairing tunnel.) Negotiating with the USDA inspector on the protein and fat content of a batch of hot dogs was another interesting assignment, on a routine basis.

    1. cnaffziger says:

      Wow, those are some memories!

  6. Melonie hudson says:

    Does anyone know a lady name Evelyn had a little boy name Timothy who later moved to Hayward California? I’m trying to find my brother. Our father is John Hudson known as jT who also worked there.

  7. Linda Duran says:

    I live in Wisconsin and I can’t get Krey bologna here. How can I get it shipped to me?

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