When Frank and Jeanette rolled into Marshallville in 1946, little did they know they would create the largest family-owned meat market in Ohio, and thus turn this small village on the edge of Amish country into a stopping spot for tour buses and literally thousands of other customers who come from all over the state to enjoy the small town atmosphere and the state's best meats.

Founders Jeanette & Frank P. Tucker

Frank, with his tireless work ethic, learned the industry by working for 13 years in large meat processors and slaughter houses. Then in the winter of 1960 he purchased a frozen locker storage, gutted the building and Marshallville Packing was rolling. A German sausage maker was the first employee, who taught us how to make sausage using old family recipes which are still used today.

At first we only sold to area stores and businesses. Soon word was we had great meat and we opened a small retail counter in the front of the building. Mom (Jeanette), a registered nurse, realized she needed to retire from nursing to work along side her family. Everyday she cooked meals for everyone on a small hot plate - some workers decided the meal alone was worth coming to work for!

Back then there was great debate about the "Blue Law," a movement to ban stores from being opened on Sundays. Mom was for it but Dad (Frank) thought everyone should work 7 days a week. she decided she and her boys would not be working Sundays, but that didn't stop Dad. After several weeks of handling the store on his own on Sunday, he finally gave in and the tradition of always being closed on Sunday began. We still are closed every Sunday.

Tucker Packing Company, est. 1973

Wanting full control of our product, in 1973 we opened a slaughterhouse, Tucker Packing Company. Most recently TPC property was sold to The Smucker Company in Orrville, Ohio. Today we continue to receive locally raised beef and port from the Tucker's cousins, the Heffelfinger's Meat Inc. out of Jeromesville, Ohio.

Except to attend college and serve in Viet Nam and Germany, sons John and Terry never left the business. The family affair continues with grandson, Jim Tucker his sister, Jenny tucker bringing new blood to the next generation. Dad passed away in 1993, leaving a thriving business and a legacy of community support. Mom worked well into her 80's  in the big white house across the street until her death at 98 years of age. She always watched out for us all, reminding us to "turn on the outside lights" and letting us know if a customer has left car lights on. Thanks, Frank, for the fine heritage, for creating an excellent product and friendly personal service. We are proud to serve in your footsteps!

From left, Terry, Frank,
Jeanette and John Tucker

MARSHALLVILLE PACKING COMPANY proudly supports local organizations such as: United Way, Salvation Army, Lion’s Club, Ohio Association of Meat Producers, Veteran’s Outreach, The Orville Boys and Girls Club and the American Legion. Additionally, we provide products at a discount for local churches, schools, fire departments and fund-raisers.