With this business model, goods left the Jacksonville plant by refrigerated truck and were delivered to the refrigerator of the merchant, being out of refrigeration only a few minutes at a time.  Prior to this business model, shipment by express or other common carriers resulted in, goods becoming warm, mellow, and exposed to innumerable flies, dirt and other contaminating influences.

City Directories last list Farris and Company in 1958.  At that time Najeeb was the president, Sam Farris the vice president, and Julia Brown the company's secretary.  When the site's meat packing days ended, the property was taken over and operated as a cold storage warehouse for N.G. Wade Investment Company.  

A Google search on N.G. Wade results in the obituary of Neill Gillespie Wade III, who passed on March 24, 2004 in Folkston, GA.  It states that the company was founded by his father Neil Gillespie Wade, Jr.  Neil Gillespie was born March 3, 1886 in Cumberland County, NC, died October 31, 1950 and was buried in Oaklawn Cemetary in Jacksonville, FL.  His company, N.G. Wade Investment Company still exists today and is located at 569 Edgewood Avenue South.

Today, the meatpacking industry is the largest manufacturing industry in rural America. Meat production in the 1960s and 1970s shifted from urban to rural areas, where large plants often operate two shifts in places with many animals and few residents.  It remains one of the most dangerous manufacturing jobs in the country with common injuries that include muscular trauma, repetitive motion disease, cuts, and strains.

Since 2001, the slaughterhouse site has been used as the home location of Lockwood Quality Demolition, Inc.  However, the 91-year old slaughterhouse that Najeeb Farris constructed quietly remains standing as a memory of Jacksonville's days as an urban meatpacking center.

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