Cheese maker investing $100 million in new plant

by Eric Schroeder
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HIRAM, OHIO — Great Lakes Cheese, a maker of natural and processed bulk, shredded and sliced cheeses, is investing $100 million to build a manufacturing facility in Manchester, Tenn.

The 330,000-square-foot facility will be Great Lakes first in the Southeast and ninth overall. The company also operates four plants in Wisconsin, two in New York and one each in Ohio and Utah. The new facility in Manchester will be Great Lakes fourth “super plant.” According to Great Lakes, a super plant is a cheese packaging plant that chunks, slices and shreds large volumes of cheese.

“The decision to open another super plant is a measure of our commitment to delivering quality cheese products to our customers who count on Great Lakes for logistical efficiencies,” said Craig Filkouski, vice-president of operations. “We believe that having strategically placed manufacturing facilities is essential to serving the evolving needs of our customers and to provide opportunities for future growth.”

Employment at the new plant is slated to reach 200 people by 2019. The company expects to begin the hiring process for the new facility in the fall of 2014.
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