By Charles Collier, The Denmark News
DENMARK—Brighter days are ahead for the former Lake To Lake production facility after wholesaler Titletown Cheese & Trading announced its purchase of the site at the Denmark Village Hall on Monday, Jan. 8.
“I’ve been working on this project for well over a year,” Titletown’s President Jerry Haines said. “It’s pretty exciting. It’s nerve wracking, but it’s part of growing and being a part of something.”
The site had produced semi-soft Italian cheese for Minnesota-based Land O’Lakes but was closed in 2014 while expanding its facility in Kiel. Since then, the building has sat vacant and served as a reminder of lost jobs and former industry.
Haines used to buy, “ a lot of cheese” from the former plant, and the seasoned Wisconsin cheese industry member said the building never lost its appeal.
“My office is right in De Pere and I’ve always looked at this building. I used to buy a lot of cheese from Land O’Lakes at that time,” said Haines. “Every time I’ve been in this community I’ve been welcomed…we’re excited to be here.”
Cheese will not be made at the site, but the estimated 80 eventual employees will be cutting and wrapping cheeses from across Titletown’s network of at least 40 different cheese manufacturers—32 of them based in Wisconsin. The products will be distributed nationally in retail and wholesale environments.
The full story is available in the January 11th edition of The Denmark News