New cheese plants boost Wisconsin's rural areas
Platteville, Pulaski and Thorp, Wisconsin are each set to receive a new cheese plant, the opening of which will mean more job opportunities for cows and humans alike.
Wisconsin leads the nation in cheese production, and there are more cheese plants here now than there were 10 years ago, said John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. There are 135 plants, up from 120 a decade ago. Wisconsin doesn't always get three plants a year and sometimes goes several years or more without a new facility. For years, the number of plants dwindled with fewer farms and industry consolidation. Now there are numerous expansions under way, in addition to the new plants, according to Powers.