1930’s

Pictured here at Lennox Lane at the corner of the Lancaster County Courthouse is Paul Checkley who begins selling produce in downtown Lancaster

Early 1930’s

Paul Checkley begins working with Earl P. Kegel and James C. Lenox, Sr. selling produce at a fruit stand outside the Lancaster County Courthouse and the retail store, M.T. Garvin on the corner of Prince and Orange Street in Lancaster – produce was brought in from a broker in Philadelphia – the same broker that Kegel’s Produce uses today.

1945

Earl P. Kegel’s brother opens Kegel’s Seafood Restaurant – the restaurant is now operated by Clarence’s two sons, Tommy and David who still buy from Kegel’s Produce today.

1945

Earl P. Kegel’s brother, George operates a fish stand on Southern Market.

1946

Mary Myers joins the company. Mary Myers’ family owned the Myers Brothers Well Drilling Company – this picture shows Ken with the truck working behind Kegel’s Seafood Restaurant – the truck used in the family business is the truck Kegel’s Produce uses today for displays, parades and promotional events.

1948

Earl P. Kegel leases half of the Engleside building and begins distributing produce to stands at Central Market and local grocery stores – market customers included Bob Funk, John Stoner, Clyde Slaymaker, Bob Wiker and Angie Colatta Matacia – Ken Myers works with Earl in all facets of the business – company sent representatives to Lancaster County Restaurant Association meetings.

1950

Earl P. Kegel’s son Eugene graduates from medical school to become a gynecologist – Dr. Kegel is retired today.

1957

Earl P. Kegel is incorporated.

1961

John “Bo” Smith begins working for Earl P. Kegel and is still working at Kegel’s Produce today.

1965

Ken Myers marries Suzanne “Sue” Vlassis.

1967

Earl P. Kegel buys building on Mulberry Street from I. B. Musser and moves the produce business to new location – no loading docks – most produce unloaded on Mulberry Street – Ken’s first restaurant customer was Lombardo’s who still buys from Kegel’s Produce today – word spread about the freshness and quality.

1967

John Pazakis, independent produce distributor, begins buying produce from Earl. P. Kegel.

1970

Kenny Myers was born – Sue worked part time in the office and began making fruit baskets – Ken coined the phrase “Fresh is Best” and attached it to all the fruit baskets.

June 1971

Jim McCully begins driving to Philadelphia to pick up produce at the Terminal Market – Jim continued to work for Kegel’s Produce for 34 years before retiring.

1973

Earl P. Kegel passes away.

June 1981

Dick Schnader becomes the first order selector for Kegel’s Produce, a duty which he performed until his retirement in 2008.

May 1986

Donna Potts hired in office and continued to work for Kegel’s Produce for 20 years before retiring – all paperwork done by hand.

1986

Fresh cut vegetables get their start at Earl P. Kegel, Inc. – Millersville University was one of the first fresh cut customers and still uses Kegel’s Produce today.

January 1989

Ken Myers buys business from Earl P. Kegel, Inc.

1989

Sue Myers joins the Susquehanna Valley Chef’s Association and begins expanding the sales territory to York.

June 1989

Kenny Myers graduates from high school and continues his training in the business – designs the famous “cherry” logo.

1989

Representatives from the company attend their first PMA convention in Anaheim, CA.

1989

Kenny Myers begins selling – his first customer was Isaac’s, a local group of deli-style restaurants.

1989

Lancaster Newspapers called and Kegel’s Produce had first newspaper story.

1990

Kenny Myers begins buying produce direct from California – first direct supplier is Tom Lange who still works with Kegel’s Produce today.

January 11th, 1992

Ken Myers passes away.

1992

Built fresh cut room at the Mulberry Street location to expand fresh cut business to include fruits and more varieties of vegetables.

1994

Bought first vegetable machine to make carrot sticks – all other fruits and vegetables cut by hand.

1995

Began using MAS 90 business system to help with office work.

July 1997

Business moves to Loop Road location.

1997

Kyrovac machine implemented in fresh cut rooms.

July 1999

Kenny Myers attends Produce Academy sponsored by the Produce Marketing Association in Monterey, CA.

2000

Earl P. Kegel, Inc. becomes Kegel’s Produce.

May 2001

Produce computer system implemented.

July 28th, 2001

KJ Myers is born. He is the 4th generation of the Myers family involved with Kegel’s Produce.

Spring 2001

New Kegel’s Produce logo introduced.

October 2001

Customer Service department implemented.

January 2002

Garver Produce acquisition.

February 2002

Kegel’s Produce begins using own tractor-trailer to bring fresh produce back from the Philadelphia Market daily and from Virginia, Maryland and Florida.

June 2002

Nye Produce acquisition.

June 2002

Quality Assurance department implemented – team members begin HACCP training.

July 2002

Transportation Department and computerized routing system implemented.

November 2002

Two-way cellular phone communication system put in place for all drivers, produce consultants and warehouse personnel.

December 30th, 2002

Kegel’s Produce aquires the former HEWI building in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.

January 27th, 2003

Kegel’s Produce honored with the Lancaster County Restaurant Association Associate Member of the Year award.

October 2003

Kenny Myers is appointed to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s newly formed Agriculture Education Advisory Board.

November 2003

Kenny Myers is picked as one of the Forty Under 40 by the Central Penn Business Journal.

January 1st, 2004

The World Famous Produce Playground opens.

January 1st, 2004

UGOBOY Trucking is formed.

January 25th, 2004

John “Bo” Smith wins Employee of the Year award, and Kenny Myers is named Vice President.

February 29th, 2004

Kegel’s Produce ships first order from our present location, at 2851 Old Tree Drive.

March 1st, 2004

Business officially starts at the new location.

March 3rd, 2004

Bo’s Famous Tomato Scale is ceremoniously retired.

April 28th, 2004

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Kegel’s Produce at our brand-new facility.

April 28th & 29th, 2004

Kegel’s Produce Open House hosted in brand-new facility.

June 3rd, 2004

Kerek Charles Myers is born. He is the second son and fourth generation of the Myers family in the produce business.

June 24th, 2004

Kegel’s Produce becomes a member of the Produce Alliance.

June 24th, 2004

Kenny Myers named to 2004 Lancaster Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Class

November 2004

The Pennsylvania Restaurant Association honors Kegel’s Produce with one of its six 2004 Excellence in Food Safety Awards.

July 2005

John Groft, Vice President of Operations, graduates from the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Produce Academy

July 2005

Kenny Myers elected to Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Division Board of Directors

January 2006

Kegel’s Produce is certified a Women’s Business Enterprise

March 15, 2006

First shipment of SON SHINE! product is sold

November 2006

Kegel’s Produce is included in the Lancaster County Historical Society’s book “Lancaster at Work: Businesses in Lancaster County, Pa.”

March 2007

Kegel’s Produce is named 2006 Purveyor of the Year for the second time by the Susqehanna Valley Chef’s Association

June 2007

Kenny Myers is named to Produce Business’s 40 UNDER FORTY

December 5, 2007

Koby Nicholas Myers is born. Koby is youngest of three boys that make up the 4th generation of the Myers family.

January 2008

Kegel’s Produce introduces the 60th Anniversary Logo

February 2008

Dick Schnader retires after 27 years of service to Kegel’s Produce. Dick is often referred to as “the first order selector”. Dick was a great asset to Kegel’s Produce and we thank him for his years of dedication and hard work.

August 2008

Kegel’s Produce is awarded iKitchen certification by Darden Restaurants. iKitchen is Darden Restaurants state of the art online ordering system designed to improve order and accounting quality.

September 2008

Kegel’s Produce was featured in Lancaster County Magazine for the upcoming celebration of our 60th Anniversary.

October 18th and 19th, 2008

Kegel’s Produce hosts a weekend-long celebration of the company’s sixty years of business.

January 2009

Suzanne Myers produces the first bottles of her own dressing creation called Yia Yia’s. John Groft was on hand with Suzanne when the first bottles rolled off the assembly line at Lancaster Fine Foods.

June 25th-27th, 2012

Kegel’s Produce was proud to sponsor the LeSean McCoy football camp held at Penn Manor H.S. in Millersville, Pa. The event included a food presentation based on the importance of healthy eating.

July 2012

Kegel’s Produce Vice President John Groft is named to the Produce Business magazine’s 40 under Forty, a list if infulential people in the produce industry.
To read the article, click here.

October 2012

Kegel’s Produce proudly makes a donation in honor of the late Kenneth C. Myers towards the construction of the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Center. Under construction in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, this facility will be the premier cancer treatment option in Lancaster when it opens in the Summer of 2013. For more information on the facility, please click here.

January 2013

Kegel’s Produce releases a new logo, commemorating their 65th Anniversary.

April 17th, 2013

Kegel’s Produce hosts an Open House, to celebrate their 65th Anniversary. Over 300 guests attend the event, which was coordinated by Kegel’s Produce employees. The event features food tastings, cooking demos and tours of the facility. For a photo gallery of the event, please click here.

June 7th, 2013

The Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute at LGH opens, featuring a room dedicated in the memory of former owner Ken Myers. Shown are members of the Myers family at the new facility.

December 2013

Former owner of Earl P. Kegel, Inc., now known as Kegel’s Produce, Mary Myers passes away at the age of 88.

January 2015

Kegel’s Produce proudly supplies the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association vegetables for their food stand at the PA Farm Show. The Farm Show is PA’s largest agricultural event, and is held every January in Harrisburg. In addition to supplying vegetables, members of the Kegel’s Produce team also volunteer their time working in the stand with the PVGA. Show on the right is Koby Myers with the onions for the event.

March 1st, 2015

Our company fully transitions to new Produce Pro Software after months of training and preparation. Pictured are members of both the Kegel’s Produce and Produce Pro teams during install week here at our facility.
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September 8th, 2016

Suzanne Myers is honored at the Lancaster Barnstormers “Women in Business” night with a lifetime achievement award. For more on the ceremony and award, please click here.

September 2016

Kegel’s Produce COO Kenny Myers serves as the event chair at the Lancaster Heart Walk. This event, which raises money for the fight against heart disease, is conducted by the Lancaster champter of the American Heart Association. Pictured is Kenny, along with child chair Bennett Hynicker. Please click here for more information on this event.

October 2016

Kegel’s Produce acquires Eatmore Fruit Company, which had been operating out of Allentown, Pennsylvania since 1937.

October 18, 2016

Fresh-Cut Supervisor Nao Trinh celebrates his 25th anniversary at Kegel’s Produce. Nao was honored with a luncheon where fellow employees celebrated the occasion.