Medicine Hat Meat Traders: Beefing Up a Family Business
In March 2019, entrepreneur Greg Pahl was contemplating the next steps for Medicine Hat Meat Traders; the past year was the company's best in terms of beef jerky sales. Should Pahl keep the business running at its current state while focusing on streamlining the operations to realize some additional profits? Should he consider a partial expansion that would allow for a potential increase in sales? Or should he build or lease a new facility that would allow production to be tailored for current use and future expansion while also adding new product lines? Was there another option that Pahl had not yet identified? What were the risks and benefits of each of the options, and how could they influence Pahl's decision? Darren Howes is affiliated with Medicine Hat College. Tyler Case is affiliated with University of Saskatchewan.