Excel Bottling Company Edward (Lefty)
J. Meier and Catherine Meier founded Excel Bottling Co. in
the summer of 1936. Lefty used the reward money that he
obtained from catching a bank robber to purchase a used
bottling machine. The Excel bottling plant and attached
household was originally owned by Catherine's grandmother (Mrs.Goellner).
Company continues to produce flavored soda using cane sugar,
returnable bottles and vintage bottling equipment. The
county's favorite soft drink, Ski, was added in 1961. Excel
Bottling Company is one of a few remaining "mom and pop"
bottlers in the nation and is the only returnable bottling
line left in the state of Illinois.
bottling soda, the plant produces syrup for use in fountain
passed away in 1996, and Catherine Meier, passed away in
additional warehouses and storage buildings were built along
with a loading dock. A home on the property was demolished
to make room for the additions. Paul Meier and his son Bill,
oversee the daily operation of the business.