Thrushwood Farms - A Division of Western Smokehouse Partners


About Us

Thrushwood Farms philosophy is very simple. It is to create a quality product that the Hankes family would be proud to serve their family and yours.

Thrushwood Farms Quality Meats, Inc. began in 1978 when Jim Hankes and others opened a retail store with custom processing. Jim graduated from the University of Illinois with a Masters in Meat Science and had various jobs in the meat industry before starting the business. Kae graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Home Economics education and worked as an assistant Home Economics Advisor before joining the business in 1979. In 2004, Doug graduated from the University of Illinois in Animal Science and after several internships decided to return home to the family business. 2006 was another significant addition to Thrushwood Farms with Jeff Hankes coming back to the family business. Jeff has his degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Illinois.

Thrushwood Farms has been expanded five times to now span over 50,000 sq ft with the most recent expansion in 2019. Thrushwood Farms utilizes a unique combination of modern technology and old-world methodology to create the finest award-winning products for our customers and our private label customers.


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