As part of its long-range plan “to achieve growth goals,” Land O’Lakes is going to discontinue operations at its cheese plant in Denmark, Wisconsin and expand the capacity of its facility at Kiel.
The company says the Denmark plant, which employs 92 people making provolone and mozzarella, has not been profitable in recent years. The plant will cease operations on July 1, 2014, member milk that is shipped to the plant will be sold to an unrelated third party.
At the same time, Land O’Lakes will make a multi-million dollar investment to increase capacity and expand receiving at its Kiel plant. Among the improvements will be new milk silos, new cheese vats, upgraded whey receiving and a new vat room. The actual amount of the investment was not released. The Kiel plant makes cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese.
Based in Arden Hills, Minnesota, Land O’Lakes is one of the largest milk marketing cooperatives in the country.