About Us

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WE LOVE SERVING OUR COMMUNITY

What started as a small town butcher shop in 1946 has grown into an award-winning, USDA-inspected plant supplying restaurants, businesses and local families the best local cuts.

Three generations of pride

We are proud to be a third-generation, family-owned meat processing company.  For nearly 70 years we have provided our customers with delicious, high-quality meats at an unbeatable value. We are blessed with a wide variety of customers: families who grocery shop in our retail store, restaurants and organizations that rely on us for delicious meat items for their menus and farmers that trust us to custom process their animals for their customers. Our commitment to exceptional service can be seen in every sale. We thank God for the provision of work to do and excellent staff to accomplish it.

Why we are different

  • We supply some of the largest food service companies in the USA
  • We unconditionally guarantee all our products and services
  • Our meat cutters have a combined 125 years of service at Byron Center Meats
  • A portion of our income is donated to local charities each year
  • Customers drive from as far as Northern Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois to shop in our store or have their animals processed
  • We partner with Michigan State University in developing new trace-ability and bar coding technologies
  • We are closed on Sundays so our employees can spend time with their families and have a day of rest and worship
  • A third generation, family business located in the same community for 71 years

 

Byron Center Meats Store

Giving Back

We’ve been on the same block in downtown Byron Center since day one, so we take great pride in giving back to our local community. Whether we are handing out hotdogs at the Byron Days Festival, sponsoring Little League ball teams, purchasing a 4H market animal at a local fair or donating to local food pantries, BCM stays involved in our community by promoting small-town values and great food choices.

We are Members Of:

  • The Michigan Meat Association
  • The American Association of Meat Producers
  • The Michigan Cattleman Association
  • The National Cattleman Association
  • Local First
  • Byron Center Chamber of Commerce

Donation Requests

As a family-owned, local business, Byron Center Meats understands that community support is key to a vibrant city. We are glad to support a variety of local schools, ministries and organizations.  To insure that contributions are used for the intended purposes, certain standards have been established for the granting of donations to federally recognized charitable 501C-3 organizations and educational groups only.  Complete the form and submit it, allowing at least three weeks for us to respond in writing to your request.

Donations

  • Jim Sytsma

    Jim Sytsma

    CEO

  • Steve Sytsma

    Steve Sytsma

    President

  • Doug Sytsma

    Doug Sytsma

    Business Manager

  • Laurie Roedema

    Retail Store Manager

  • Kathy Vander Stel

    Kathy Vander Stel

    Processing Coordinator

  • Fred Nichols

    Fred Nichols

    Center-of-the-Plate Specialist

  • Quality Assurance Manager

    Aaron Veldheer

    Quality Assurance Manager

  • Andrew Bultena

    Production Manager

  • Alex Klunder

    Marketing Specialist

Byron Center Meats Through The Years

  • Byron Center Meats Building

    The Journey Begins - 1946

    In April 1946 Gerald and Gert Sytsma built a meat locker plant in Byron Center, MI. They paid $300 for the lot.

  • Byron Days

    Byron Days Parade - 1970's

    Everybody loves a parade. It's a fun way to show community support.

  • BC Locker Butcher Boy

    1970's Advertisement

    "Butcher Boy" says come shop at Byron Center Locker.

  • Byron Center Meats Story

    A New Opportunity - 1984

    In 1984 a new opportunity opened up for Byron Center Locker. Sysco Food Service of Grand Rapids was looking for a supplier that could provide them with fresh cut steaks to be distributed by Sysco to hotels, restaurants, and institutions throughout Michigan.

  • Byron Center Meats Story

    Down but not Out!

    A fire on July 22, 2007, destroyed our retail store, offices, and some production spaces. With help from contractors, vendors, and employees, we set up temporary spaces and were back in production in 3 days.

  • Byron Center Meats Store

    New Retail Store - May 2009

    After the fire in 2007, we built a 13,000 square foot addition that includes new processing rooms, coolers, freezers, offices and of course the retail store.

  • Meat Lab

    The BCM/MSU Roadshow

    Annual Producers Meeting March, 2014 – “The BCM/MSU Roadshow” took over 100 livestock producers to Michigan State University's Meat Science Lab for pork cutting demonstrations and tours of the working farms on campus.

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