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Burke Corporation


Burke Corporation

Who We Are:


Burke Corporation is a leader in pizza toppings and fully cooked meat products. The company also manufactures and markets taco meats, meatballs, sausages, chicken strips, barbecued beef, breakfast meats and much more. Burke products are sold coast to coast and internationally under private labels as well as our three brand names: Premoro, Tezzata and Magnifoods. In addition, Burke meatballs and beef taco filling are now available at Fareway, HyVee and other select central Iowa grocery stores. Burke employs more than 350 team members and has supplied meat products to more than 1200 customers.

Who We Hire:


Burke Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

We specialize in the following job fields:
  • Production Management with food processing experience
  • Animal Science, Meat Science, Industrial Technology
  • Product Development, Food Science
  • Quality Assurance, Microbiology
  • Maintenance Management with food processing experience
  • Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering

How We Work:

The Burke Mission

We fulfill the diverse needs of foodservice, manufacturing, and select retail customers with consistently safe and accurate, fully cooked meat products to help them protect their reputations and differentiate themselves.

The Burke Operating Culture

Burke is a focused team of professionals that combines technical expertise, industry knowledge, flexibility, integrity, and a spirit of continuous improvement to create win/win relationships and a shared sense of confidence in quality and safety.

Always make it your best

Burke Corporation is committed to quality by continuously improving our daily activities to ensure the highest standards of consistency in product, workplace environment, service, and communication.

Our History:

Burke Corporation is a family-owned business with a 40-year history. Burke's history in the pizza industry began with Pronto Food Kitchens, a producer of frozen pizza for the retail grocery and tavern trade. In 1963, William Burke, Sr. was hired by Pronto Food Kitchens to manage operations in Ames at 906 South Duff Avenue. Today this facility serves as the second production site for Burke.

Just three years after he was hired, William Burke, Sr. purchased the company. Although frozen pizza manufacturing remained the primary product, the custom production of meat toppings began to grow. In 1974, Pronto Food Kitchens was renamed Burke Marketing Corporation and the frozen pizza line was sold. At first, William Burke, Sr. and his wife, Alice, were the Company's only two employees.

In 1984, the Company outgrew the Ames production plant and a larger facility in Nevada, Iowa was purchased to house the primary production line. Since then, Burke has made 20 building additions, including the most recent expansions to the freezer, the new employee break area, a warehouse which accommodates a new employee fitness center, and a 20,000 square foot office facility.

In 1991, William Burke, Jr. was appointed the Company's new president and has led Burke to further growth and success. While the pizza industry in general is growing at a 2% rate, Burke Corporation enjoys an annual growth rate of more than 10%.
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