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May
2011
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A North Carolina Slim Jim Plant Closed the Same Day Randy “Macho Man” Savage Passed Away



Friday was a sad day for salty, snack food enthusiasts.

On the heels of the death of long-time Slim Jim spokesman Randy “Macho Man” Savage, a 40 year old Slim Jim plant in North Carolina vacuum-sealed its last jerky treat, according to the Charlotte Observer:

The plant has been a mainstay in town since the 1960s when it operated as the Jesse Jones Sausage factory. General Mills later bought the plant and began making Slim Jims there. Goodmark Foods eventually bought the Slim Jim brand, and the company merged with ConAgra in 1998.

In 2007, ConAgra began a $38.5million project to upgrade and automate production lines.

Over the decades, the plant has provided decent-paying jobs in this blue-collar town southeast of Raleigh.

This same plant was the site of “an explosion caused by natural gas” that “crumbled walls and sent debris flying,” the CO piece notes. Three workers and one contractor died that day and ConAgra, in lieu of rebuilding, decided then it would move the operation to Troy, Ohio.

Below, Macho Man passes a Rorschach test with flying (tables) colors…

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