About Kessler’s, Inc.
From the butter, egg, tea, and coffee route of George Anthony Kessler in his horse and buggy to the present-day family-owned business, Kessler’s Inc. is proud of its humble beginnings. In 1916 in Easton, PA, George Kessler founded the Genther Bologna Company and produced Easton Bologna. George’s baked beef bologna became his dominant sales item. After a brief stopover in Lebanon, George Kessler moved his business in 1928 to Lemoyne, where the George A. Kessler Provision Company produced his Easton Bologna. Retail delicatessen stands were opened at Harrisburg’s Broad Street Market and at the Carlisle Farmers’ Market.
As the business grew, George moved, in 1929, to a larger facility at Seventh and Hummel where Kessler’s sausage and frankfurter processing began. In 1940, the business was relocated to 1201 Hummel Avenue and the slaughter of beef and pork was begun. The company’s name, then known as Kessler’s Meats and Provisions, once more changed when Kessler’s incorporated in 1945. Mr. Kessler and Emma, his hard-working wife and associate, retired from the business, having seen all eight of their children help in the family business.
Voluntary Pennsylvania State Inspection began in 1945. Slaughtering operations were discontinued in 1971. Kessler’s began to operate as a federally-inspected establishment, thus permitting interstate sales. USDA poultry inspection was granted in 1976. During the same year Kessler’s presented to Penn State University the idea of a frankfurter named for the Penn State mascot, and in 1977, Kessler’s Nittany Lion Franks became a reality. The business was one of the top 200 meat processors in the United States. In 1986, Kessler’s sponsored its first annual Nittany Lion Franks 5K Run; the race continued for many years and benefitted the YMCA.
In 2022 Kessler’s Inc. was purchased by Aziz Sahovic of Brother and Sisters Foods. Operations moved to their state of the art facility located at 811 Spangler Road, Camp Hill, Pa. 17011. Kesslers Food Services Inc. now operates as a subsidiary of Brother and Sister Foods. We continue to market Franks, Smoked Sausage, Scrapple, Burgers, Sandwich Steaks, Breaded Veal Patties, and various other products such as Wenger’s Ham Loaf. We service a customer base of retailers, distributors, foodservice operators, and various organizations. In addition to Kesslers own brands, including Primal Scream, Nittany Lion Franks, the company private labels food products for retail chains, distributors, and other meat and poultry companies.
We can provide information relative to Brother and Sister Foods products. They are the largest manufacturer of Eastern European Meat and canned products in the United States shipping products throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.
Kessler’s celebrates Operations of over 100 Years!