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Jerry Schulze & Nicole Harmel
Describing himself as three-quarters German and one-quarter Bohemian, Jerry Schultz learned the meat business in central Texas’ Czech and German traditions. Born in 1945, Schultz got into the meat business in 1972; two years later Nicole, the first of his three children, was born. The company started seriously producing sausage in 1982. Today he owns and runs Burton Sausage, a company that is part slaughterhouse, part sausage producer. Along with his daughter, Nicole Harmel, Schultz has more than twenty employees in the family business.