Special to The Source
Terry Jones and Marty Cockerill, of Jones Meat & Locker, recently attended the Illinois/Indiana Association of Meat Processors Convention in Effingham.
The Joneses have won numerous state as well as national awards for their products over the years and this, their 80th year in business, was no exception. The local meat processing plant came home with seven awards including Grand Champion Flavored Fresh Bratwurst, Champion Fully Cooked BBQ Ribs, Champion Deer Jerky & Snack Sticks, Champion Cooked & Smoked Whole Muscle Poultry Product, Reserve Champion Jerky, and Reserve Champion Cooked Whole Muscle Beef Product.
The seventh award was the 2023 Innovative Beef Grand Champion, which was sponsored by the Illinois Beef Association.
“Marty Cockerill has been an integral part of our meat products production for many years and deserves a great deal of credit for these awards,” said Jones. “I also want to recognize Jeremy Stewart and all our employees for their dedication to making excellent products year-round.”
Terry Jones, president of Jones Meat & Locker, is a past president of the Illinois Association of Meat Processors and serves as a member of their board of directors. Jones is also a recipient of the Jacksonville High School FFA Chapter Honorary Chapter FFA Degree, the National FFA Organization Honorary Section Member of the Section 13 Illinois FFA, 2019 Jacksonville Agri-Industry Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of the prestigious University of Illinois Sleeter Bull Award. Photos submittedd to The Source