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June 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Ralph F. Stayer, the founder of a Wisconsin sausage company that helped popularize bratwurst in the United States, died Sunday in his sleep at a Florida nursing home, his family said Monday. He was 92. Stayer bought a butcher shop in 1945 and turned it into the million-dollar Johnsonville Sausage Co., said his son, Ralph C. Stayer.
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May 31, 2000 | DAVE CARPENTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Sara Lee Corp.'s new chief executive overhauled the company Tuesday before even officially taking over. The streamlining will keep established brands such as Sara Lee cheesecakes, Playtex bras and Jimmy Dean sausages but shed high-profile operations including Coach leather goods and Champion athletic wear.
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February 24, 1997 | DIANA E. LUNDIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ralph Stayer took a long, hard look at his company, the Johnsonville Sausage Co., and didn't like what he saw. Yes, the sausage the plant was churning out was still good. The business was making money and growing larger. "I could see we were not performing anywhere near as good as we could be," Stayer said. "Quality, if anything, was slipping. We still had a good reputation, but was that because we were so good or because we were less lousy than the other guys?
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