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Land O'Lakes to Close Denmark Plant, Expanding in Kiel
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/05/2014

Land O'Lakes has announced a realignment plan for its Eastern Wisconsin milk supply division. The company informed the state last week that it will be closing its cheese plant in Denmark on July 1 and moving some of its production operations to Kiel.

"Wisconsin is a key growth area for Land O'Lakes, and decisions such as this will help us achieve our aggressive growth goals," said Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O'Lakes. "The investments at our Kiel plant will provide our members with increased opportunities to grow production in this critical region for our company."

As part of the realignment, the company is making a multi-million dollar investment to increase capacity and expand receiving at its Kiel plant through improvements in plant infrastructure. Among the improvements at the Kiel facility will be new milk silos, new cheese vats, upgraded whey receiving and a new vat room.

The company also said it will discontinue manufacturing the provolone and mozzarella semi-soft Italian cheese products currently produced at the Denmark plant, which had not been profitable in recent years. Member milk that was shipped to the Denmark facility will be sold to an unrelated third party beginning July 1.

There was no word on whether any of the Denmark workers will be offered jobs in Kiel. As of last week, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has not received any layoff notices from Land O' Lakes.

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