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Maple Leaf Cheesemakers to Close Monroe Dairy Plant
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/14/2020

After more than 100 years of business, Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, Inc. announced on Tuesday it will cease operations at its Monroe plant, effective November 20. Board President Shirley Knox said in a statement that dairy market volatility, coupled with the coronavirus pandemic, has forced the cooperative's board to discontinue production of its award-winning cheese factory.

"Unfortunately, as a result, this means we will no longer be able to receive milk from our long-standing cooperative partner Maple Leaf Cheese Cooperative, which is owned by 25 local dairy farm families," Knox said. "We understand the challenge this presents to these dedicated farm families, and we hope they are successful in finding a new home for their milk."

The move will also impact 35 employees, who will be offered positions at its other locations, including Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Co. and Cheese Louise, Inc. also in Monroe.

"As a Board, we are disappointed with the short notice, but view this situation as an opportunity," said MLCC Board Treasurer Bob Bade. "We're committed to working diligently to find a new partner to ensure our farmer-owners and other suppliers have a place to sell their milk."

Maple Leaf Cheesemakers began producing cheese in Green County in 1910. It has been working with Maple Leaf Cheese Cooperative for the past 24 years.

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