Land OLakes has announced the closure of the Denmark plant

Land O'Lakes has announced the closure of the Denmark plant

US farmers co-op Land O'Lakes has announced the closure of one of its Wisconsin plants in a move that will see 90 jobs axed.

Land O'Lakes plans to close as site in the town of Denmark as part of a "realignment of its eastern Wisconsin milk supply strategy".

Milk processing and the manufacture of "provolone and mozzarella semi-soft Italian cheese products currently produced at the Denmark plant, which had not been profitable in recent years," will stop on 1 July and the plant will permanently close.

However, Land O'Lakes plans to up capacity at its Kiel cheese producing plant in Wisconsin. 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 confirmed to just-food the moves would see the loss of 90 jobs.

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

"Today's announcement follows a long review to determine the best strategy to maximise growth opportunities and expand market access for the company's member owners and builds on the company's plans to drive smart, focused growth and strategy to drive overall performance through constant evaluation of all segments of the business," the firm added in a statement.

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May 1, 2014— Land O’Lakes, Inc., today announced a realignment of its Eastern Wisconsin milk supply strategy, including a multi-year investment in the milk shed that includes increasing capacity at its Kiel, Wis., plant, known for its award-winning cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese production. The company also announced plans to discontinue manufacturing the semi-soft Italian cheese produced at its Denmark, Wis. plant.

“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, Inc.  “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 announced the difficult decision to 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. The plant will cease production and permanently close July 1, 2014. Member milk that was shipped to the Denmark facility will be sold to an unrelated third party beginning July 1.

Today’s announcement follows a long review to determine the best strategy to maximize growth opportunities and expand market access for the company’s member owners and builds on the company’s plans to drive smart, focused growth and strategy to drive overall performance through constant evaluation of all segments of the business.

The total planned investment was not released.

Original source: Land O'Lakes