R. L. Zeigler Co., Inc. (or Zeigler Meats) is the largest privately-owned meat packing company in the Southeast. It's offices and production plant are located at 730 Energy Center Boulevard in Northport.
The company was founded in 1927 after R. L. Zeigler outgrew his facilities for making pork sausage in his supermarket and opened a meat packing plant in Bessemer. During the 1930s the company sponsored a "Three Little Pigs" vocal trio on WAPI-AM. Zeigler produced the first vacuum-packed lunch meats sold in Alabama.
Zeigler died in 1964. The company was purchased from his family in 1967 by Tuscaloosa businessmen James Hinton, Frank Moody, and Paul "Bear" Bryant. Hinton's family continues to operate the business, which has a second plant in Selma, Dallas County.
- Zeigler Meats website