Lyco Manufacturing’s Heating and Cooling Equipment increases recovery and yields better looking product with less damage in comparison to other industrial food cooking and cooling equipment. Achieve total consistency with uniform heating and cooling of food products. The result? A safer process and a colder final product temperature which increases shelf-life.


All commercial food processing produces waste by-products. Disposal of the sludge, particulates, and slurry is expensive and time consuming. Lyco Manufacturing, Inc. has a variety of equipment designed for waste disposal problems. Each piece of equipment in the liquid-solid separation line does a superior job of separating solids for a wide range of applications.


Lyco peelers have a simple, clean, robust design that delivers the highest peeling and washing productivity. The electric or hydraulic drive machines can handle more volume. Newly incorporated into the design is the 2-way flip top cover for ease of cleaning, maintenance, and roll change-out. Lyco peelers are available with electric or hydraulic drives.

Product Testing & Simulation Lab

Find out how your product cooks in our food processing equipment!

We welcome customers to send us product. Lyco’s specialist staff will test different processes and methods to ensure you arrive at the correct recipes and machinery sizes for your specific application.

food-processing-simulationLyco’s Test Facility is a 5,000 square foot laboratory designed for testing blanching, cooking, pasteurizing and cooling processes. We can test processes with hot water or direct steam heat and cool with 33 Degree chilled water. In addition to full size production machines we also have Simulators available.

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Lyco Manufacturing Adds New Human Resources Manager

Experienced professional brings wealth of HR knowledge

KathleenLyco Manufacturing, Inc. announces the addition of Kathleen Buechel as Human Resources Manager. Buechel will be responsible for employee recruitment, employee orientation and relations, training and communications. In addition Buechel is fully versed in conducting employee safety and wellness training and will help manage employee salaries and benefits programs.

“We’re pleased to welcome an accomplished human resources professional to our team at Lyco to enhance the work experience for our current employee base and help recruit future talent,” said Steve Hughes, CEO of Lyco. “Her background with manufacturing firms in our area is a great fit for the dynamic environment at Lyco.”

Buechel brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to her new job. Prior to joining Lyco, Buechel worked in human resources for major manufacturers in Wisconsin including the Simmons Manufacturing Company in Janesville, as well as Lubriquip, Inc., and the Madison-Kipp Corporation, both located in Madison. She earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR) in 2007 is active in her community, including the McFarland Lutheran Church.

Commenting on her new position, Buechel said, “Lyco’s ethical and progressive business practices and their current employee model both were strong incentives to draw me to work for the company. I’m excited to join the Lyco team and feel confident we can continue to build on these policies to maintain our current level of employee satisfaction and attract new talent when needed.”

Lyco Manufacturing Appoints New CFO

David W. Feller Brings Strong Leadership, Analytical Skills

COLUMBUS, Wis. —2014-03-13 21.44.40Lyco Manufacturing, Inc. announces the appointment of David W. Feller, CPA, as its new chief financial officer (CFO). “We’re pleased to have David join our team,” said company CEO Steve Hughes. “His finance experience in the manufacturing sector is a significant asset for us.” At Lyco Manufacturing, Feller’s skills in accounting, finance and management will assist with the company’s overall financial structure, management, strategy and planning. His experience in previous organizations analyzing pathways to maximize their revenue streams will help Lyco Manufacturing generate the best possible return on investments and maintain its leadership role in the industry.

“In addition to core financial matters, David has practiced and can contribute long-range planning and business model development skills, which will be invaluable as we increase and strengthen our presence in target markets and look for new opportunities to grow,” said Hughes.

Feller brings more than 25 years’ worth of solid financial experience to Lyco Manufacturing including experience in banking and financial industries, accounting firms and philanthropic organizations. He served as chief financial officer for the National W Club for more than 12 years. Prior to that, he was an Assurance Manager for Grant Thornton LLP and a Commercial Loan Credit Analyst for Bank One. Feller graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a member of various professional organizations including the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Feller commented, “I’m excited to join the Lyco team. Lyco is a special place because of its focus on product innovation to meet customer needs, and the entrepreneurial spirit I see demonstrated in every part of the organization.”

Lyco Turns Wastewater Stream Into Revenue Stream

New Micro Drum Screen™ Advanced Liquid/Sold Separator Further Reduces BOD

COLUMBUS, Wis. Micro Drum Screen— Food processors can reap the benefit of hidden assets and potentially avoid hefty fines by improving waste stream recovery with the latest innovation from Lyco Manufacturing. The new Micro Drum Screen™ Advanced Liquid/Solid Separator system reduces industrial waste using screens with mesh sizes two-and-a-half times finer than secondary screening systems (200 microns compared to 500 microns). This equips the operator to recover extra product during initial processing stages for foods ranging from vegetables to proteins such as beef or poultry. The additional product capture represents significant potential income that processors are currently—literally—washing down the drain.

“The Micro Drum Screen™ fills a definite gap between the offal screen and the DAF (Dissolved Air Filtration) system,” says Kevin Hansen, product line manager at Lyco. “There are several ways food processors can improve their return on investment (ROI) with our new drum screen. The first is by recovering prime offal for sale or use as a high-quality nutrient in animal feed products, representing a secondary revenue stream,” he continued.

“Secondly our system helps operators reduce the amount of chemicals used in the DAF, saving thousands of dollars. A cleaner wastewater stream also helps reduce municipal chargebacks or fines. These fines can amount to tens of thousands of dollars per month in some cases.”

And finally, but no less important is the fact that a cleaner wastewater stream is better for the environment as it protects the nation’s waterways. “The benefits of the Micro Drum Screen™ certainly speak to sustainable and green business practices,” said Hansen.

Savings by the numbers
Specifically the Micro Drum Screen™ reduces BOD* (Biochemical Oxygen Demand), TSS* (Total Suspended Solids) and TKN* (Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen). Production run tests in a poultry processing facility show results of up to 24.4 percent reduction in BOD, almost 30 percent TSS and 14.79 percent TKN. The amount of BOD in wastewater often has the largest impact on a company’s chargebacks or fines imposed by local water municipalities. In addition, processors can realize up to 30 percent savings on sludge removal and handling.

While potential fines from BOD levels vary from one processor and municipality to another, the secondary revenue stream from recovered materials is evident. Depending on the processing speed and type of mesh used in the screen, recovered material amounts can range from 600 to 1500 lbs/hour. What would otherwise be waste or wind up in sludge is captured and available for sale or use, while reducing the organics in the water.

Reducing organics in wastewater cuts back on the amount of chemical needed in a DAF system, where chemical costs can range anywhere from $250,000 to more than a million dollars per year. “Even a 15 percent reduction in the stream being produced is a payback for the food processor,” says Hansen.

Minimal maintenance
Lyco designed the Micro Drum Screen™ for low-maintenance operation. A complete screen change out can be done on the same drum takes a few hours and requires just two employees, using standard tools. In addition, the screens do all the work; there are no bags or parts that have to be changed out.

As an additional maintenance innovation, the Micro Drum Screen actually cleans itself with its own water. Operators can preprogram a cleaning cycle that lasts 5 to 15 minutes as needed, recycling its own water through the CIP system. These features cut machine downtime and cut operator costs. Hundreds of interchangeable screen options create a versatile machine, adaptable to many types of food processing applications requiring wastewater treatment.

*About wastewater acronyms
BOD—Biochemical Oxygen Demand, or a measure of the amount of oxygen required to neutralize organic wastes.

TKN—Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen, or the total concentration of organic nitrogen and ammonia.

TSS—Total suspended solids gives a measure of water turbidity, with TSS values commonly expressed in ppm (mg solids per liter of water).