“There was a while where myself, two of my brothers and my sister owned stock in the company,” Mark Eickmeyer said, “and her husband actually worked here. Well, last year they all decided it was time to retire. And I says, ‘I’m the oldest, I’ll stay.’ So my wife (Anne Eickmeyer) and I are the owners now.” According to the current owner, Mark Eickmeyer, the family business started with his great-grandfather Otto Eickmeyer and a business partner, Oscar Bruce. However, within the business’ first 10 years of operation, Bruce’s name disappeared from association with the business. Another Otto Eickmeyer followed the first, and in addition to running the business served two terms as Menominee’s mayor.
He also said nobody from outside the family has ever owned stock in the business, which is something entirely unique to Eickmeyer. He said that he and his wife weren’t able to find any other family-owned business in the State of Michigan apart from theirs that could say the same.
One hundred years is a long time for any business to stay in operation, and much has changed in that time. Eickmeyer said that a lot has changed even in the comparatively short time between his ownership of the business and his father’s before him. “You used to have about $30 worth of equipment in a truck going out for a service call, and now it’s thousands of dollars worth. Obviously there was no such thing as a computer then, and now if you don’t know your computers you’re not doing anything,” he said.
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