AUSTIN, Minn. -- The Geo. A. Hormel & Co. threw itself one humdinger of a 100th birthday party Saturday, with a hot-air balloon, rock music and more cans of Spam, the company's most famous product, than seemed remotely digestible.
It was a day to celebrate how George Hormel, a German immigrant, founded a meat-packing empire whose sales topped $2.6 billion last year. Along the way, the company claims to have invented Canadian bacon, marketed the first canned ham and sent 200 million pigs to hog heaven.
Chilly, windy weather eroded the expected turnout of 5,000 people, but it did nothing to spoil the fun of the hundreds on hand.