LEON VAN LEEUWEN CORP.
Leon Van Leeuwen
Leon van Leeuwen was a superior businessman and a beloved friend to many around the world.
Born and raised in Holland in the years leading up to World War II, Leon grew up in the casing business. His father, Henri, ran several successful casing businesses; first in partnership with his brother-in-law, and then on his own. Young Leon accompanied his father to work in Rotterdam during school vacations. He described his father’s strategy in his autobiography, Let My Half Cry:
"…Father rented a small factory and started with two English productions of beef casings and chitterlings. Since his overhead was low, and almost everyone seemed to love him, Father did well in no time. He always told me, “If you want to last in business, keep your overhead down.” Though businesses suffered, most of the casing dealers did well in the Depression.
But with the rise of Hitler in Europe, life for the Jewish van Leeuwen family became precarious. In 1939, shortly after the Germans invaded Poland, Henri van Leuween came home with seven cruise ship tickets for his wife and six children, so they could escape to America. He stayed behind to run his business, telling his family, “A captain has to stay with his ship… By myself, I can always get out. With six children we have no chance.”
Leon and his family spent the war years in New York City. Henri van Leeuwen was picked up in a razzia (round-up) in 1943, and sent to the Westerborg concentration camp. He was then transferred to Bergen Belsen, where in 1945 he was miraculously picked to be part of prisoner exchange between the Nazis and the Allies. He arrived in Switzerland weighing only 75 pounds, was hospitalized, and reunited with his family in the United States six months later.
Leon always attributed his own success to his father:
"Without him, I might have never made a living. He gave me the opportunity to learn the casing business in 1955, and that is how I have made my living ever since."
Service is what we are known for in the natural casing industry.
Speak to us in Spanish, French, Hebrew and, of course, English.
Now in our sixth decade, we’ve evolved into a global, multi-lingual, all-encompassing service and sales organization.
In a fluctuating environment, we provide up-to-date market information.
President and Owner, Leon Van Leeuwen Corp. and H&H of the Americas
AMIEL VAN LEEUWEN
Vice President, Leon van Leeuwen Corp.
Vice President, H&H of the Americas
Because of our relationships around the world, we can help you buy your sheep casings in Australia or New Zealand, process them in China or Egypt, and sell them in Japan, Europe or South America.
In addition, we help by:
KEEPING YOU UP-TO-DATE ON MARKET TRENDS
PROVIDING THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES IN THE BUSINESS
MATCHING THE BUYER TO THE SUPPLIER
NAVIGATING THROUGH THE MAZE OF GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS – CERTIFICATION AND DOCUMENTATION
SEARCHING OUT AND MAKING AVAILABLE THE BEST OF EQUIPMENT FOR PROCESSING CASINGS AND ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS
ASSISTING IN SHIPPING – BOTH IN BOOKING AND CLEARING FREIGHT
We prevent problems by being with you in every step of a business transaction.
IT’S NOT JUST ANY CASING – IT’S A NATURAL CASING
Original sheep and lamb casings
Selected sheep and lamb casings
Hog and sow runners
Selected hog and sow casings
Hog after ends and fat ends
MEATS AND BY-PRODUCTS
Beef middles and caps
If you don’t see it…ask about it. Our international contacts ensure that we can offer a variety of options…
and our multi-lingual staff can help you identify what you are looking for.
Do you produce animal casings and by-products?
Our knowledgeable staff can assist you in selecting the correct equipment to meet your manufacturing needs.
We assist with the technical planning of the casing room and the by-products processing area.
Casing cleaning equipment
Selecting and salting tables
(Videos and photographs courtesy of Stainless Steel Designs, Ltd. (http://stainlesssteeldesignsltd.co.uk/))
(For additional information, contact Leon Van Leeuwen Corp., sales representative in the Americas for Stainless Steel Designs, Ltd.)
Mon - Fri: 8am - 5pm ET
Sat - Sun: Closed
1A Carlyle Green
Staten Island, NY 10312