In 1949, William Daniels, with Carlton Meyer as the General Manager, founded Jackson Frozen Food Locker at 400 South High Street. Mr. Daniels also owned and operated the Cape Frozen Foods business on Broadway in Cape Girardeau until its closing in the 1970’s.
The Locker's main business is custom processing of locally raised beef and hogs. In the 1960’s the business attempted to put a slaughterhouse in the basement of the building, but the City Council voted against allowing it, due to concerns of “the smell”.
In 1972, Carlton purchased the Locker from Mr. Daniels.
Beginning in the late 1970’s, Charles Meyer, Carlton’s oldest son, began managing the business. He continued in this position until 1993.
In 1993, Carlton’s youngest son, Craig, began managing the business.
Over the years, almost all members of the family have worked at the Locker in some capacity.
In the 1970’s, deer hunting became more prominent in the area, and the Locker offered deer processing. Since that time, the Locker has processed over 9000 deer and made over 150,000 lbs. of Deer Sausage. The Locker is the oldest meat processing plant still operating in Cape Girardeau County.
The Locker has offered many different services over the years.
Until 1993, locker rental was quite popular. At one time, over 400 freezer lockers were rented, each holding 200 lbs. of meat and vegetables. It was common to have a waiting list of months to obtain a locker
Up until the early 1970’s, the local student enjoyed stopping by the Locker to purchase different ice cream and soda products that were offered.
The Locker also sold tons of frozen fruits each August up until the late 1980’s when the demand for wholesale frozen fruits diminished. Each August a fully loaded tractor trailer unloaded its’ fruits at the Locker.
Things have changed over the years at the Locker.
The Locker began offering slaughtering on the farm in 1997.
In 1997 the Locker began retail selling of their own beef summer sausage, and in 1998 began sell their own beef jerky.
In 2000, they put up their website, Ask The Meatman.com, and began advertising and selling over the Internet.
It's now 2021 and the Locker is still in business and looking forward to finding new ways to serve customers in the local area and across the United States!