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What’s New

Clean-Flow® Blanchers for pasta, rice & vegetables called “The best in the world” by Mr. Tops in Belgium.

Easy-Flow™ Continuous Coolers cool most pastas or diced vegetables in 30 seconds or less.

Vapor-Flow® Rotary Drum Steam Blanchers that are 1/4 the size of steam belts and achieve uniform results.

Chill-Flow™ Rotary Drum Pouch Coolers that can cool pizza sauce, soups and more 40% faster than belt coolers.

Lyco Rotary Drum Wastewater Screens (.020″) are the most effective in the world with No Fail Running Rings.

Micro Drum Liquid / Solid Separation Screens (.008″) remove 30% more solids than .020″ screens.


  • IEN Magazine: Made In America


    Based in Columbus, Wis., Lyco Manufacturing makes some of the best commercial food processing machinery in the world. The equipment has peeled every potato that became a potato chip or french fry, every onion that has been sliced or diced, nearly every vegetable that’s canned or frozen, and had a hand in processing most of the chicken that reaches your table. Oh, and they do about 132 million beans per year.

    The company was founded by Dave Zittel in 1979, but it wasn’t always an easy road. He started out with a company that made stainless vacuum pumps for the dairy industry, but about six months after he bought the company, the product failed and life was tough for Zittel and his family.

    In 1983, he sold the dairy pump line and stumbled upon an opportunity to build a new potato peeler. An engineer by trade, Zittel designed it, manufactured it, and was back in business.

    For the past 36 years, he’s built more than 350 potato peelers, but that wasn’t the biggest seller. Two years after the peeler, Zittel designed a new blancher cooker for the canning industry, and has gone on to sell more than 750 of them around the world.

    IEN Magazine, Feb 2020

  • Hughes Consumable Parts

    Dear Valued Customer:

    This letter is to inform you that Lyco Manufacturing, Inc. recently acquired certain assets from Hughes Equipment Co., of Columbus, WI. Those items include some consumable service parts for their:

    Blancher / Cooker and Snap Bean product lines

    We’re working diligently to absorb drawings and consumable parts to be able to serve you shortly after the first of the year with parts that were on Hughes’ shelves in inventory. Lead times on other items will have to be determined.

    We are happy to announce that Lisa Adam who was Inside Sales Manager at Hughes is now with our Parts Team at Lyco. Lisa brings many years of experience serving the Food Industry having worked at Hughes. Of course, we have Tammy Springer who has been a tremendous asset to Lyco for 16 years and who will continue to handle Lyco Parts.

    Tony Lieggi, our Service Manager, is now scheduling our On-Site Inspections with experts who build our machines who can audit them and save you valuable time. Inspections include comprehensive reports and recommendations for corrections.

    Please give us a call at (920) 623-4152 so we can help you ensure a trouble free and profitable New Year.


    William Zittel | President

  • COVID-19 Remediation Statement

    March 27, 2020

    Dear Valued Customer:

    Lyco Manufacturing, Inc. remains focused on keeping our associates, their families, our customers and our business partners safe as we navigate through this Covid-19 World Pandemic.

    Our customers are critical suppliers to the World Food Chain, and we recognize our responsibility to support you. Therefore, our manufacturing operation remains open and we continue to serve our customers that need to operate during this global emergency.

    The following are the steps we have implemented over recent weeks, in an effort to minimize our risks and continue to fulfill our commitments.

    • 80% of our office associates are working from their home offices.
    • Our production associates have been split into three (3) shifts with minimal overlap.
    • We are educating our associates and managing social distancing in all phases of our operation.
    • Lyco has installed sanitation stations in designated areas throughout the production facility.
    • Vendors are prohibited from entering the facility.
    • Delivery procedures have been established and are followed.
    • Our State governor has issued a “Safe at Home Order”. Lyco Manufacturing is certified as an essential business and is permitted to operate at this time.
    • We have contacted our vendors and notified them that we are Essential Critical Infrastructure.
    • We remain in contact with our vendors daily to ensure inventories are adequate and deliveries can be achieved.
    • Lyco has increased our material and parts inventory to ensure availability.
    • We continue to monitor this everchanging environment to ensure we not only meet, but exceed, OSHA, CDC, DHS and local and federal guidelines.
    • We are committed to using and exploring available technology such as Skype, TEAMS and Vuforia Chalk.
    • Lyco strongly encourages our customers to utilize our capability of “Remote Access” for trouble shooting and support.

    Please feel free to contact me at or my cell 920-979-33o1 if you have any questions.


    Steve Hughes | CEO

    Download Lyco Covid-19 Lyco Remediation Steps

  • COVID-19 Essential Business Statement

    March 23, 2020

    Dear Valued Customer:

    In increasing measure, governmental authorities are issuing stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders for citizens, requiring closures of “non-essential” businesses, while ensuring that “essential” businesses remain open to properly and effectively respond to the COVID-19 emergency.

    Under Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ authority, the Wisconsin Secretary of the Department of Health Services issued Emergency Order #12, “Safer at Home Order.” (See

    Under that order, in Section 13, the order exempts from its restrictions “Essential Businesses and Operations” which include, (under subsection 13.a) businesses and workers which are included on the CISA list. (See U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, updated March 23, 2020.

    Lyco Manufacturing, Inc. (“Lyco”) is an employer engaged in the manufacture and maintenance of equipment and other infrastructure necessary to agricultural production and distribution as defined in the above referenced CISA Memorandum.

    Further, Lyco is considered an essential business that is part of a critical infrastructure industry and our employees are essential workers. It is therefore the policy of the our state government that our company and industry continue to function with minimal disruption in the event of an emergency, It is imperative that we are open for public health, safety, and to serve our community as we all work together to end this pandemic.

    I understand operation challenges during this extraordinary time and the protection, health and safety of our and your people is priority number one. We appreciate your commitment, leadership, and partnership during this critical time.

    Should you have any questions concerning this letter, please contact one of the following people:

    Brad Weber | Operatations Manager – 920-623-4152 ext. 107
    Steve Hughes | CEO – 920-623-4152 ext. 115

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    William Zittel | President

    Download the Essential Business Letter 3-23-2020