News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015230
ContactTammi Schone(605) 352-1102
Washington, DC, Feb 16, 2012 --

@@The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a South Dakota manufacturing business has been invited to the White House to participate in an event to recognize the success of manufacturing in rural America. The event is scheduled for Friday, February 17, 2012 at the White House, Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Also attending will be representatives of the respective financial institution for each manufacturing business.

The success of the organization was aided by support from USDA Rural Development, which has more than a dozen loan and grant programs to help rural businesses and communities create jobs. The organizations have made strides in strengthening the nation’s manufacturing capabilities. Their contributions are being highlighted for other organizations to replicate their success.

South Dakota’s recipient Schiltz Foods is in full processing production. One hundred and fifty employees process 6,000 to 7,000 birds each day at this USDA inspected plant. Sales were down in 2010, and Richard and Jim expect that sales won’t be much better in 2011 due to the sluggish economy. But they’re expanding their product offerings by selling smoked goose breasts, whole smoked geese (ready for the table in 90 minutes), and even goose eggs. See their complete line of products on their website at

Jim believes that sales will rebound when the economy improves, and he feels Schiltz Foods is positioned for the 21st Century. “We have added a fully cooked whole smoked goose to our product line as well as smoked goose breast,” said co-owner Jim Schiltz. “The whole smoked goose provides ‘fast’ without sacrificing flavor and the exquisiteness of goose, it received the 2012 Tasty Award for Poultry category and was presented as a gift idea from South Dakota in a December episode of the Today Show.”

When you’re looking for that special something for dinner, whether it be Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any day of the year, try a roast goose from Schiltz Foods in Sisseton, SD.