Sutton not slowing down, adds more suburban distribution centers

  • Seattle Sutton

    Seattle Sutton

  • Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating new distribution center in Schaumburg.

    Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating new distribution center in Schaumburg. COURTESY OF SEATTLE SUTTON

  • Leah Egofske

    Leah Egofske

  • Marcus Cooper

    Marcus Cooper

  • Sabrina Hart

    Sabrina Hart

  • Joe Kenny

    Joe Kenny

Updated 10/13/2014 7:59 AM

As a nurse more than 30 years ago, Seattle Sutton just wanted to help a patient eat the right things and return to better health.

She didn't think it would lead to owning and operating a business that would reach its third generation, including her three daughters and four granddaughters.


Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating has expanded nationwide, including a new distribution center in Schaumburg that has a grand opening next week. That distribution center will be run by her granddaughter Leah Egofske of Schaumburg. The company, based in Ottawa, Illinois, also has distribution centers in Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Palatine and Streamwood.

"I was working with my husband (Herman 'Kelly' Sutton), who had a medical practice," she said. "And there was a patient one day who said he needed help." The patient needed help with nutrition and portion control. That's when an idea sparked to start a small business, Sutton said.

"And I was 53 years old at the time," she said. "It's not often that you hear of someone starting a business when they're 53 years old."

It started with a $1,000 personal investment and made about 230 weekly meals in 1985. The company now makes about 220,000 meals a week for customers.

Now at 82, she has no plans to slow down, despite the loss of her beloved husband last year.

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"You know, we donated a clock last August to honor him," she said of a memorial event in Marseilles, Illinois. That's where they raised their five children and she still lives today. She took care of him during the last two years of his life, until he died of heart problems after a valve replacement, she said.

She's also a 15-year breast cancer survivor. "I appreciate every day," she said.

"You know, I've been asked if I ever thought to look back and think this would become such a big company and I said, 'Yes." Just like that. It's because I'm an optimist," she said. "This business was never done before and I didn't want to follow others who did the liquid diets and fad diets. I love a challenge."

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