39 years and still going strong

From our family to yours

It’s in the family

Weiland Meats Ltd. was the dream business for William Weiland. He had worked at an abattoir for 20 years since coming to Canada from Holland, and there was nothing he wanted more than to own his own shop. In 1975 his dream became a reality as he went into business in partnership with a local farmer, Bob Dobbin, under the original name of Dobbin & Weiland Meats. After a little more than 10 years in partnership, Bill Weiland was ready to own the business himself and in 1986 it became Weiland Meats Ltd. The first years constituted a lot of hard work. Bill often did the slaughter by himself, and his wife, Dorothy, became well acquainted with wrapping the cuts of meat for custom beef and pork. Each of Bill & Dorothy’s six children learned the trade as well, working Saturdays and summer holidays. It truly was a family-run business.

In 1985 son-in-law to be, Bill Sipkens came to work at Weiland Meats, not knowing one cut of meat from another. He was taught under the patient tutoring of Bill Weiland, and became very well-acquainted with the different aspects of the job.

In 1997, a retail store was added on the main street of Petrolia. This allowed the guys in the meat shop to work at the custom cutting uninterrupted and allowed customers the freedom to “shop” for their favourite cuts of meat.

In 1998, Bill Weiland was diagnosed with an illness that he would not recover from, and he sold the business to son-in-law Bill Sipkens, who by then, was totally immersed in the trade. Bill Weiland passed away in October 1998, leaving a good solid legacy of faith and hard work behind. Dorothy continued to work in the retail store.

In 2002, an opportunity arose to have a stand in the Sarnia Farmers’ Market. This proved to be a good business move, expanding the retail base to those in the Sarnia area looking for local meat products. Dorothy Weiland was the person at the helm at the Market until 2012 when an illness finally made it impossible for her to continue. She passed away in October 2013.

Bill & Margaret-Anne’s six children have all had their turn working at the abattoir and Farmers’ Market and one son has begun his life’s work at the abattoir, learning the trade after his grandfather and father before him.