3. Omaha Steaks
Today’s Omaha Steaks isn’t just about steaks anymore—they sell lobster and even complete meals.
J.J. Simon left Riga Latvia in 1898 with his son B.A. in tow, and after a stop at Ellis Island, they took a train until they found land that reminded them of the farmlands of Riga. That, my friends, was Omaha, Nebraska.
It was a meager beginning when the company started in 1917, but the Simons were already known for the most tender and flavorful beef. In 1929, B.A.’s son Lester joined the company and in the 1940s, with the Union Pacific Railroad looking for top quality food to serve on its trains, it became their largest customer.
It was in the mid-1950s when Lester decided Omaha Steaks could be a mail-order company delivering their frozen cuts from Omaha to homes all across the United States. By 1963, still operating under the original name of the company, the Table Supply Meat Company, catalogs were sent to customers offering meats, poultry, fish and all sorts of sumptuous food, now vacuum packed for freshness.
The Simons became quite successful sending cuts of meat to the White House and to international clients. In 1966, with a new building in Omaha also came a new name, Omaha Steaks International, Inc.
By 1987, the Simon family had a full call center with a toll-free number for instant ordering. Today, the company has over 1.5 million customers. Not only do their products exceed the Department of Agriculture standards, the Simons are still running the show!
As their motto says, "Give, Savor, Celebrate," today’s Omaha Steak customers range from corporations using gift cards and gift baskets as incentives and gifts to individuals sending tasty and delicious offerings to friends and families everywhere.