The Rath Packing Company in Waterloo

bringinhomethebaconThe Rath Packing Company, founded in the 1870s, was once a giant among Iowa’s ag-based industries. From 1891, when Waterloo boosters lured the Rath family to the banks of the Cedar River, to 1985, Rath was one the leading companies in Iowa’s “factory city.” At its peak, in the 1940s and 1950s, Rath also was one of Iowa’s largest employers. Read More (pdf)