LIMA — Kewpee Hamburgers was honored by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted Wednesday as a featured business for May as part of the Ohio Business Profile program.
Elaine Herrick, a regional liaison for Husted’s office, presented the Shutt family — Harry, Myrna and their son Scott — with a certificate honoring the business for being featured in the program. Herrick said she doesn’t get to do presentations often, but it’s her favorite part of the job.
“It’s quite an honor,” said Scott Shutt, vice president of Kewpee, Inc. “We’re celebrating our 90th year this year, and we really appreciate the patronage the people of Lima give to us. This recognition is as much about Lima as it is about Kewpee.”
Shutt said Kewpee is an old business believing in using local ingredients to make a quality, affordable product for everyone to enjoy. Keystone Meats in Lima has provided them with their hamburger meat for over 50 years, and it is ground and turned into patties daily on site. The ketchup Kewpee Hamburgers uses is made in Fremont, he said.
“We’re truly local,” Shutt said.
He said the restaurant business isn’t easy and a lot of businesses just don’t make it, but Kewpee has.
“I think part of it simply is we specialize in something and we do it the best we can,” Shutt said. “For a lot of people in the restaurant business, they are trying to appeal to a lot of tastes. Doing that means you have to make compromises.”
Compromising in the restaurant business leads to lower quality food, which lowers the taste. Shutt said a good tasting product is what customers want from a restaurant. Having quality, local meat ground daily on site makes a difference in the taste instead of having prepared, frozen hamburger.
Kewpee donates to Lima youth organizations, the arts, 4-H and school programs as a way of giving back to the community for their support over the years and investing in Lima’s future, Shutt said.
“A lot of times we get our hands dirty and get involved too,” he said.
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