Eickman's Processing Company Inc


3226 Pecatonica RdSewardIllinois61077United States View Map


$2 Million




(815) 247-8451


(815) 247-8463


Located in Seward Illinois, Eickman's is family-owned and operated by several generations of the Eickman family. We specialize in the custom cutting of your meat orders. We do everything on-site, from the humane harvesting of livestock from local farms, to the cutting, packaging and smoking of your meats. Whatever your needs, your options are nearly endless. John Eickman was a Depot Agent in Seward, IL and would help local farmers butcher their livestock at their farms. When the depot was torn down in 1943, John purchased the local creamery building to slaughter livestock in. John's son Merlyn helped his father and brothers with the slaughtering, which eventually led to Merlyn's job in Rockford, IL at Farmer's Feed and Locker Company where he learned to cut beef and hogs. The Rockford company furnished meat to lockers in several different cities. In 1948 Merlyn transferred to a locker in Pecatonica, five miles north of Seward. Merlyn became the manager in Pecatonica and five years later purchased a plant of his own in Pecatonica in 1953. In 1964 Merlyn's son Mike started working in the business at the age of 13. They continued to slaughter in Seward and process the meat in Pecatonica until 1967. At this time, they closed the Pecatonica facility and moved all operations to Seward. Once in Seward, they renamed the company Eickman's Processing Co. The company then went through numerous additions as more space was needed, including a 2400 sq ft addition in 1980 adding more retail and warehouse space. In 2006 another addition of 5000 sq ft was added, once again expanding the retail store as well as the warehouse, cooler, freezer, and processing floor. In 1994 Mike's son Tom started working in the business. In 1999 Merlyn sold the company to Mike and Lori Eickman. Well past his retirement, Merlyn could often be seen at Eickman's stopping in to do some cutting or visiting and checking in on things. In 2013 Tom's wife Katie officially joined the business and is continuing to learn the ropes and offer new ideas. Mike can be found driving the delivery truck around the region, Lori is in the office managing the books and HR aspects of the business, and Tom could be anywhere in the plant running the day-to-day operations. Tom and Katie's young son Ashton can even be found helping out when school is not in session.

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