ESSKAY was founded in 1858 by German immigrant William Schluderberg. There were 34 states in the Union led by president James Buchanan. Through the Civil War, World Wars, the Great Depression and the Baltimore Fire–ESSKAY celebrates over 150 Years of Quality and Service.

1919 — Consolidation of two great businesses–Schluderberg and Kurdle (S and K) — ESSKAY.

Main Plant built in 1919–1920 with many additions through the late 1950’s. A leader in the industry with training, library, cafeteria, safety programs, insurance & benefits, credit union, sports leagues and in-house newsletters.

A leader in products with in-house labs, treatment of livestock, delivery, and innovative products & packaging.

A leader in Marketing — First to use the Muppets , the wonderful Stan Freberg and award winning media campaigns including: Yummy, Yummy, Yummy and Baron Von Esskay. A leader in Sports Marketing for many years and now a sponsor of the Baltimore Orioles and the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

Acquired by Smithfield Foods in 1985 and today an Independent Operating Division of Gwaltney and Smithfield Packing.

ESSKAY…Standards, Quality and Honesty — First Class!