Creamery prepares to manufacture butter

Two years ago, Steve Knaus launched Old World Creamery in the former Dean’s Dairy Plant in Sheboygan.

The business has been focused on processing 55# blocks of butter into quarters and packaging into ½ and one-pound packages.

Knaus’ firm has also put Sheboygan on the map by selling the much renowned “Irish Butter.”

After successfully expanding markets, Knaus now plans to expand the business into butter manufacturing.

Old World Creamery is announcing a major investment into their already upgraded plant in order to manufacture, rather than just process, but- ter here.

“The market support for our products has been overwhelming,” stated company President Steve Knaus.

“We have found highly skilled dairy workforce here, and now, to ensure consistent high-quality butter products, we are pleased to soon begin manufacturing our butter right here in Sheboygan.”

Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation assisted Old World Creamery with financing aspect of the business expansion.

“Like many successful companies here, the company is owned and operated by a closely-held multi-generation family,” noted SCEDC’s Business Development Manager Jim Schuessler.

“Despite a continued downtrend of fluid milk markets, this project places Sheboygan County into a growth portion of the dairy business.”

Senior lending for the project was funded by the State Bank of Mauston. The financial plan also included a loan through the City of Sheboygan’s Revolving Loan Fund.

“I want to acknowledge Chairman Roberta Peneski- Flicky and the other members of the Sheboygan Redevelopment Authority,” added Schuessler.

“Food manufacturing is less impacted by recession, and this project will help expand

Sheboygan County’s strength in the food sector.”

The construction project is underway.

Butter manufacturing is expected to begin before the end of the year.

Overall, the project is expected to create more than two dozen jobs over the next few years.

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