How Chicago Meatpacking industry excelled during the war.
The demand for meat to feed the Union Army during the American Civil-War created the biggest customer ever for the meatpacking business. This lead to the huge growth in the meatpacking business in Chicago. Chicago’s meat packers grew and took advantage of this new market. Chicago made big investments in industrializing the butchering of cows and pigs to meat (pun) the Union Army’s demands. This investment in efficiency was multiplied by geographic advantage that put Chicago in the middle of the nations rail road system. These factors allowed Chicago to scale up the meatpacking business and win the competition against Cincinnati, Omaha, Milwaukee, Kansas City and St. Louis.Pre-existing Condition