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Cheese plant moving and expanding to Plover site


PLOVER, Wis. (WSAU) -- A major expansion is coming for a central Wisconsin cheese producer.

Ohio based Biery Cheese Company already has a plant in the Wood County Town of Sherry. They are preparing to expand into the former Basic American Foods plant west of Plover.

They’ve secured a one-million dollar loan from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to upgrade the site and equipment, and will be investing a total of 19-point-7 million dollars over four years in the expansion. If they do that, the WEDC loan would be forgiven.

The new expanded location will retain 111 workers now at the Sherry site, and they anticipate adding 31 more full time jobs.

Biery Cheese Company is a cheese packaging, processing, and distribution company that purchased the Kickapoo Valley Cheese Corporation’s Sherry plant last November. Their founder, Norman Beiry started in 1929 making Swiss cheese in Louisville, Ohio.The Basic American Foods building was recently purchased by Biery Cheese Company. It has been idle since late 2009 when their brand and product line was purchased by another producer of hors d’oeuvres and appetizers.