June 27, 2010
On Hatteberg's People, a small town can be surprising even when you think they are all the same. Take Mayfield, Kansas, just a little West of Wellington in Sumner County. There aren't a lot of folks who live here, but those who do...put it on the map.
"Been here all my life, really enjoy it, it's a quiet little community."
Mayfield, Kansas is like a prairie flower. Some may disagree on its beauty, but for those who live and work here like Steve Metzen and his family, it is part of a heritage. His family began this business in 1947 and cutting meat has been its specialty.
"Oh yeah, I've always enjoyed it. Some people say, well you've been cutting meat for so long do you even care for it any more. Yes, it doesn't bother me at all," Metzen said.
On the other end of Mayfield's street you'll find Dick Goodrun. He's been building fire trucks, yep, fire trucks for years.
"Yes, we build them from scratch, and we've built quite a few of them over the years, Goodrun said. “We custom build them the way the fire departments want them."
Both Steve and Dick cater to larger areas, but prefer to live in tiny Mayfield.
"Oh yeah, I've always enjoyed living in a small town," Goodrun said.
"Yes, it's where I grew up and where I've enjoyed living all my life,” Metzen said. “It's where I wanted to be with my business."
Steve owns the meat cutting business and grocery store, and it is his family who runs it. That's his wife Jamie, his mother Mary and while Steve and Jamie handle the back room duties their nine-year-old daughter Isabella is right there beside them. It is in every way, it is a family business.
"You do what you have to do."
In downtown Mayfield, there is a bank, a barbershop, a service station and a life that takes its own time.
"For a town this size, we're very fortunate to have this much business and to have these facilities in Mayfield."
So whether you're working on nozzles for fire trucks and doing business in several states, or cutting meat, and waiting on customers who come from all over, this small town isn't dying - it's got folks who believe in it.
"It's still a fun job."