The legend began in 1913 when Josef Ondrusek opened Columbia Meat Market and Sausage Factory near the
downtown Dallas area. He
chose the word "Columbia"
as the name of his company
because it represents "new
beginnings". For the past
nine decades the Ondruseks
have been in the meat
Josef "Mr. Joe" Ondrusek discovered he could not always buy
the quality of animals he and his customers deserved. As a result, in 1932, he purchased a meat packing company in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. Although it is four generations later, the Ondrusek family still continues the quality principles that Mr. Joe started.
This Czechoslovakian operation is built on family pride and tradition. The second generation began with W.J. (Willie). Willie enjoyed working in a family business like his father. While the family grew closer together by striving toward a common goal, their partnership grew and received local recognition. Willie was awarded a "Pioneer Award" from the Southwestern Meat Association to recognize his spirit of enterprise, leadership and contribution to the meat industry.
The leadership legacy continued with Bob (3rd generation) within the Southwest Meat Association. Bob served as President of the association for two terms. In 2000, SMA established a scholarship fund in Bob’s name, which helps students pursuing degrees in meat science. Because of his dedication to our future in agrictulture, Bob was involved in the State Fair of Texas Junior Livestock Committee and the Kaufman County Junior Livestock Show. Bob served as President of the Livestock Show Board for Kaufman.
Until 2018, Bob's brother Joe served as the company president until his death. Today, the company is ran by Joe's two children Amber and Carl, and Bob's son Rusty. As the 4th generation continues to maintain the legacy of Columbia Packing, the company has moved to 3 facilities to continue meeting the needs of their customers in the Midwest.
2013: Carl Ondrusek V.P., Amber Ondrusek V.P.,
Joe Ondrusek President, Rusty Ondrusek V.P.
"Business Goes Where It's Invited and Stays Where It's Well Treated" - Josef Ondrusek