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Grande Cheese
Community sustainability is something the company has
been proud of for many years. Grande Cheese's associates
dedicate their time and talent to several organizations such as
Big Brother/Big Sister and the Boys and Girls Club of America. A recent initiative with the salesforce was to sponsor a
young person in the Make-a-Wish Foundation. "That has been
very moving for everyone in the company," Matzke adds.
What truly makes Grande Cheese successful, however, is
its associates. Ensuring they have a safe, inclusive environment is another one of the company's pillars. Matzke says
the company prefers the term "associates" because it shows
how everyone works together to make the company successful. "We give people the understanding that they can have a
career here; it's not just a stop in the job market," he notes.
Since its inception 75 years ago, the company has grown
steadily, now employing more than 900 people. It has grown
so much recently that the company had to build a new home
office and research center in Fond du Lac, Wis., twice the
size of its old office. The new office also includes a health
and wellness clinic and fitness facilities that anyone in the
company can use 24/7.
"It was a labor of love, but it allowed us to build for today
and the future," Matzke explains. "With the home office and
research center in one building, we can trade off the synergies of what associates bring to one another. There's more
room and it's a better atmosphere."
In addition to the new home office, Grande Cheese worked
with Tippmann Group, which designed and built the company's new warehouse and distribution facility in Lomira,
Wis. This new 150,000-square-foot facility consolidated the
inventories of four different facilities into one central facility.
It has given Grande Cheese the ability to become more efficient in its inventory practices.
"I'm proud of the initiatives the facilities have around efficiencies and productivity," Matzke says. "It comes back to
the engagement of our associates, the interest they have in
our account base and the ability to know the product we put
out there every day is both a safe product and trademark excellence product that meets consumer needs. You can see the
pride they have. When there's success involved, it becomes
everyone's success, and with associate input we continue to
elevate the Grande brand."
Koss Industrial, Inc. offers innovative solutions - from outfitting new
plants, expansions and turn-key projects - to waterjet cutting, machining,
or fabricating parts. Since 1978, we have proudly served cheese makers and
the many suppliers, end-users and OEMs in and beyond the dairy, food and
beverage industries. From concept to creation - Koss Industrial provides
high-quality custom systems, equipment, components, spares and services.
From engineering and automation to troubleshooting and installation, Koss
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