Family Owned Third Generation Strong.
As a young boy, John Polk watched his parents transform what started as a retirement project of preparing hickory smoked ham into a successful business. John saw the potential in what his parents had started, so in 1974 he took the reins of the company. By keeping his parents' secret recipe for the hickory smoked flavor, and adding his own recipe for success, John has steadily grown the product offerings over the years. Now Polk's Meat Products provides a wide variety of smoked meats that drive even the pickiest customers back for more.
In April of 1998, Polk's purchased Hickory Hollow Farms along with the Magnolia Brand label. The tremendous growth of the business soon led to a new manufacturing facility. In May of 2000, all manufacturing was consolidated into a large, state of the art plant located in Magee, MS. This expansion led to an increase of five times the production of the previous two plants combined.
In 2011, after thirty-seven years as the CEO, John assumed the role as Chairman making it possible to pursue a second career in public service. This opened the door for his daughter Julie to become CEO, something she had been training for since 2000, when she began working for the company full time. Under Julie’s aggressive leadership, Polk’s looks to further its position as the largest smoked meat processor in the State of Mississippi and expand into new markets nationwide. No matter the size of the job, Polk’s will continue to offer the finest smoked meats available for retail or food service.