2018 Midwest Book Awards Finalist, Autobiography/Memoir
George Hormel founded the George A. Hormel and Company meat packing business in Austin, MN in 1891. What he started was built on strong family values and an appreciation for hard work. His life experiences and the people he encountered leading up to his settling in Minnesota gave Hormel the foundation from which to launch an enterprise that would serve him, his family, his community, and the world. Hormel’s business sense is remarkable, but his interest in people is what made him a man of integrity and one to be emulated. In The Open Road readers will be taken on a family journey that begins in Germany and leads to Minnesota by way of Buffalo, NY, Toledo, OH, Chicago, IL and more of the Midwest. Scenes from these areas take readers into a time and place that reflects the history of America through the eyes of a smart, driven, compassionate man who didn’t just want to be a ‘butcher.’ The Open Road is an example to the modern world of how one man’s dream and success can be of benefit to an entire community.