About Us

Armour and Company Packing House in Fort Worth Texas circa 1904

1867

Philip Danforth Armour

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Armour and Company was an American meatpacking company founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1867 by Philip Danforth Armour (1832-1901), By 1880, Armour and Company was Chicago's most important business and helped make the city and its Union Stock Yards the center of the American meatpacking industry. Armour and Company was the first company to produce canned meat and also one of the first to employ an "assembly-line" technique in its factories.

WITHSTANDING THE GREAT DEPRESSION

In the early 1920s, Armour encountered financial troubles and the Armour family sold its majority interest to financier, Frederick H. Prince. The firm retained its position as one of the largest American firms through the Great Depression and the sharp increase in demand in World War II.

1920

delivery truck awaiting its morning haul at the Armour and Company's loading dock in Chicago

1948

Armour & Company advertisement by the artist Albert Guillaume

MORE THAN MEATS

In 1948, Armour, which made soap for years as a by-product of the meatpacking process, introduced the first deodorant soap, Dial, which became as strong a seller as its meat products, and eventually the company renamed itself the Armour-Dial Corporation.

ARMOUR STAR TODAY

Today, Armour offers a wide range of easy-to-make solutions for all of your meal and snacking occasions. Start your day with the great taste of Armour Star Corned Beef Hash for breakfast, enjoy a Treet sandwich at lunch, or have a hearty bowl of Armour Star Homestyle Beef Stew for dinner. Between meals, refuel with America's favorite Vienna Sausage Brand or spread Armour Star Potted Meat on crackers for a satisfying snack. Armour's Vienna Sausages and Potted Meat are America's #1 brands and offer a tasty solution for those on-the-go occasions when you need a portable snack to enjoy on the run. Armour has been feeding families for generations so you know it's good. And, given today's busy lifestyles, you're sure to find a quick, convenient and great tasting Armour Star product to satisfy your craving, whatever the occasion. Remember, Anytime is Armour Star Time!

TODAY

Armour and Company Packing House

Elliot Sadler posing with the Armour Racing car