A farmer and a registered nurse took a chance back in 1966 in their hometown of Edgewood. It was their dream and vision that took an old building in downtown Edgewood and turned it into the award-winning Edgewood Locker.
That farmer and registered nurse are Tom and Joan Kerns. Alongside the Kerns were only one full-time employee and one part-time employee that offered custom processing and meat storage in their beginning years. 50 years and three generations of Kerns’ later, the Edgewood Locker has more than 50 full-time employees and 40 part-time and seasonal employees.
Along with custom processing of pork, beef, lamb, goat, and venison, the Edgewood Locker also offers a full catering service with well-trained staff to help take the stress out of your special day. The Edgewood Locker also has a retail outlet for you to purchase their award winning products. In 2013, the Edgewood Locker purchased and renovated what is now called the Edgewood Locker Event Center. This building gives the community a place to gather and celebrate within their hometown.
The Edgewood Locker is just one example of the dedication, hard work, and passion that the people of Northeast Iowa have for their local communities. While the business itself may not be small anymore, it operates with the same small family business principles that made the Edgewood Locker possible back in 1966. It is businesses and stories like this that makes Clayton County and all of Northeast Iowa a place that is truly spectacular.
Written by Amy Bonvillain; Photo Credit to the Edgewood Locker