Jacob Stern & Sons Tallow, located in Houston, Texas, is the largest U.S. exporter of tallow, with exports to customers located primarily in Central and South America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

Located on the Port of Houston, our tallow processing facility stores and processes tallow and yellow grease to customer specifications. We also have the logistics expertise to export product virtually anywhere in the world to meet your manufacturing needs.

Our company has earned a longstanding reputation for integrity and dependability —something our customers tell us is pretty special in the marketplace. While that may be true, at Jacob Stern & Sons, it’s simply the way we’ve done business for the past 160 years.

World-class performance

Procter & Gamble awards Jacob Stern and Sons Texas as one of their most strategic external business partners. Our business relationships help partners win where it matters most.

Our Products

We store and process tallow and yellow grease, customized to meet our global partners’ specifications. All products are available on a customer-specific basis.

Texas Tenure

Proud to be the longest tenant at the Port of Houston—a strategic partnership that has enabled us to efficiently serve our global partners’ customized needs.

Supply Chain

At this very moment, we’re monitoring the flow of thousands of our products- all around the world.

Vice President Jay Van Valen

Jay joined Jacob Stern & Sons – Texas in June 2011, originally serving as Business Manager. Mr. Van Valen brings deep knowledge of shipping, relationship building, negotiating and logistics to our company. Prior to his employment here, Mr. Van Valen was Vice President at Safe Harbour Tanker Chartering where he brokered and negotiated parcel tanker freight for tallow, specialty chemical and vegetable oils.

Mr.Van Valen graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a B.S. in Engineering and holds a USCG Third Assistant Engineer license.

Business Manager Tim Carmack

Tim has served as the Business Manager of Jacob Stern & Sons – Texas since July 2014. Mr. Carmack brings significant supply chain, sourcing, and leadership experience to his role. Prior to joining Jacob Stern & Sons – Texas, he was the Purchasing Manager at Terravici Drilling Solutions and Production Group Leader at Halliburton Energy Services after completing Halliburton’s Supply Chain Management Program.

Mr. Carmack completed his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and holds an M.B.A from The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business.