DENMARK, Wis. (WFRV) - An area cheesemaker is celebrating the opening of a new facility in rural Denmark. Since moving to the U.S. in 1979, Belgioioso Cheese has found great success. Now that success is bringing new jobs to northeast Wisconsin.
Inside Belgioioso's new Denmark plant, people gather to celebrate the cheesemaker's latest creation. A 100,000-square foot facility that will bring 50 jobs to rural Brown County.
“Fifty new jobs created in Denmark, Wisconsin, rural America - that is huge, absolutely transformational for this region,” said Wisconsin Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton).
Since 1979 this manufacturer of artisan specialty Italian cheese has been slowly expanding its footprint in Wisconsin. Here Belgioioso has found the key ingredient needed for success.
“We want the highest quality milk and here in Wisconsin, America's Dairyland, we can get that highest quality milk,” said Oscar Villarreal, vice president of marketing for the cheesemaker.
Company Vice President Gaetano Auricchio says the cheesemaker works with 250 local dairy farmers - all located within a 30 miles radius of Belgioioso eight Wisconsin plants. That allows them to produce the 27 varieties of specialty cheese, for which they are known.
“People are moving away from processed cheeses and looking for the higher quality, better tasting, and we're happy to fill that part of the market for them,” said Auricchio.
This new plant means more people like Nathan Schneider can find stable employment.
“They treat us very well here, you work for it, but you get what you deserve,” Schneider said.
And Belgioioso can now make more mozzarella cheese, meaning more possible expansion in the years ahead here in America's Dairyland.
“If sales keep going up as they have, we'll continue to invest in the area and invest in Wisconsin,” Auricchio said.
Belgioioso employees over 750 people in the state.
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