COLUMBUS—State Senator John Eklund
(R-Munson Township) is applauding today's announcement by Great Lakes Cheese to expand their existing manufacturing operations and build a new corporate headquarters in Geauga County. The announcement is the latest in a series of investments the company has made to continue to provide the high quality award-winning products to consumers.
Upon hearing the news, Senator John Eklund stated, “This is a great example of how Ohio’s economic growth formula is helping strengthen our communities and State. Great Lakes Cheese has been an integral part of Geauga County for 60 years, and I’m grateful to JobsOhio for recognizing and supporting the future potential of the Company and its people.” He added, “We are all proud of what they have done, will do, and to call them our neighbors.”
The plant expansion will include an additional 300,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring with the corporate headquarters construction quickly following in the summer. The company currently employs more than 650 employees in Ohio and expects to hire an additional 400 over the coming years as a direct result of these projects.
Matt Wilkinson of Great Lakes Cheese worked closely with JobsOhio and the State of Ohio as the company explored multiple location options for the new construction. Wilkinson says, “The county and the state have been exceptional partners in making this an easy business decision for us.” Great Lakes Cheese extends their gratitude for the $10.143 million assistance package from JobsOhio and the State of Ohio.
Dan Zagzebski, Great Lakes Cheese President and CEO, says, “Our company has called Ohio home since the beginning. It is only fitting that we make these significant investments in our infrastructure here. Our legacy of excellence is innately tied to this community and our many Ohio employee-owners.”
Great Lakes Cheese is an award-winning, premier manufacturer and packer of natural and processed bulk, shredded, and sliced cheeses. Superior cheese products are sent coast-to-coast from eight state-of-the-art facilities. As the largest packager of cheese in the United States, Great Lakes Cheese serves grocery, club and super stores as well as restaurant chains and foodservice distributors. Family- and employee-owned, Great Lakes Cheese recently celebrated their 60th year of business in 2018.