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Look Inside: Wohrle's celebrates 100

The Pittsfield Suns didn't re-enter the Futures Collegiate Baseball League until a month before the current season started, but the team's new general manager Sander Stotland got the team ready to play in just 26 days. Stotland explains how in this week's executive spotlight. 

While every dog might have its day, some dogs have decades.

For nearly 80 of its 100 years in business, Wohrle’s Foods has maintained a single bestseller. It’s a smoked, 4¼-inch-long, part-beef, part-pork frankfurter stuffed in a natural casing, hand-twisted, hand-tied and weighing about an ounce.

It’s a Pittsfield classic, born and bred.

When the national membership-only warehouse chain BJ’s Wholesale Club opened in 2011 off Hubbard Avenue in Pittsfield, many believed BJ’s would make it increasingly more difficult for a certain independent, family-run food warehouse at the outer reaches of East Street to endure.

Yet, 10 years later, Wohrle’s Food Warehouse endures.

A look back at the 100 years that shaped Wohrle’s Foods Inc., which began when John W. Wohrle — a meat cutter from Germany’s Black Forest region — first sold frankfurters, sausage and luncheon meats from a horse-drawn cart in Pittsfield in 1921. Today, the business spans four generations and boasts 100 years of feeding Pittsfield, and beyond, high-quality baby frankfurters and meats. 

But, if it hadn't been for a split-second decision by Wohrle in 1914 to literally jump ship (the ship he was on to New York City from Germany was seized by U.S. authorities due to World War I breaking out) Pittsfield may never have become the hot dog loving city it is today. 

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