Milk Products Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary in Dairy Manufacturing
December 20, 2011 - The Milk Products’ open house, held at their corporate offices and manufacturing plant in Chilton, WI, was a success! Many employees, customers, and local residents attended, including Mr. Ben Brancel, Wisconsin Secretary of Ag and the current Alice in Dairyland Katie Wirkus, who presented Dave Kuehnel with a plaque celebrating 100 years in the dairy manufacturing business. Mr. Brancel, Mayor Reinl and Alice in Dairyland enjoyed a plant tour--seeing history in 100 year old timber beams, the present manufacturing methods and employees, and the future innovations Milk Products has made in their new packaging equipment.
Shown here, left to right: Dick Welsch, Tim Kepple, Dave Kuehnel, Ben Brancel, Katie Wirkus, Tom Reinl, and Bob Schaaf, retired Plant Manager.
Dave Kuehnel photographed with Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel and Katie Wirkus, current Alice in Dairyland.
Dave Kuehnel presented a locally handcrafted table. The table is made of redwood beams and maple flooring from the upper warehouse. Redwoods from Washington states’ Carnation Company dairy farm were being cleared around the same time as plant modifications in the early 1900’s. It is logical, although not confirmed, that the redwood beams made the train ride east the Wisconsin from Washington. Interesting company history, perhaps…