Congratulations to Masters Gallery for award

A NOTHER PLYMOUTH CHEESE COMPANY has earned another well deserved honor.

Masters Gallery Foods was given a Special Award for Company Culture by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce last week.

The award was part of WMC’s Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year honors handed out at a black-tie banquet.

Masters Gallery was one of only two companies across the state to receive the special award recognizing their commitment to providing an excellent workplace and supporting their workers to encourage productivity and job satisfaction.

The other winner was also from southeastern Wisconsin – Amerequip Corp. of Kiel.

It is a singular honor for Masters Gallery and one that everyone at the company, from the highest executive all the way down, should take pride in having made possible.

“They are living proof that a culture focused on building relationships and collaboration is the key to success,” WMC said of Masters Gallery.

The company has grown from its simple founding in 1974 by the late Leonard “Butch” Gentine as World Wide Sales, a small cheese brokerage firm doing business out of a storefront office on Mill Street.

Today, Masters Gallery works out of a state-of-the-art facility at the intersection of County PP and State 67, on a picturesque campus that covers both sides of the road.

They have grown to industrial sales, retail and food service divisions, marketing more than 500 million pounds a year of top quality cheese around the world, including to China, Mexico and other corners of the globe.

Much of that growth can be attributed to the family-friendly, employee-oriented corporate atmosphere that WMC recognized with their award.

WMC noted “the company’s philosophy of fun with a passion to succeed and willingness to go the extra mile. They have created a culture that values relationship, collaboration and commitment to excellence at every level within the organization.”

Some of the efforts at Masters Gallery to foster that culture cited by WMC include providing admission to the Sheboygan County Fair for employees and families, providing free health care through their state-of-the-art Center for Health and Wellness, and a commitment to workforce development and philanthropy in the community.

As WMC summarized it, “Masters Gallery Foods Inc. cares about what happens to people both inside and outside of their walls.”

It’s all an outgrowth of the family spirit fostered by “Butch” Gentine and carried on by his successors.

It’s also a reflection of the many family-owned and family friendly companies that make up the backbone of Plymouth’s industrial base – a base that continues to thrive and grow, just like Masters Gallery Foods.

That many of those companies are involved, either directly or peripherally, in the cheese industry, is no accident.

It’s all part and parcel of what makes Plymouth “The Cheese Capitol of the World.”

Congratulations to all at Masters Gallery for a well-deserved honor – and another gem in our cheese crown.

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