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 Fire At AMPI Cheese Processing Plant in Wisconsin  

A cheese processing and packaging facility owned by Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) was the site of a fire that broke out Friday, December 12th. 


The facility which makes processed and natural shredded cheese is one of 10 plants ran by AMPI, a co-op based in New Ulm, Minnesota.

“We lost cheese packaging supplies and ingredients ... obviously there’s some soot and cleaning needs to be done, but I have a very good staff working on getting ingredients for our customers,” AMPI Plant Manager Don Weideman, said. “Right now from an optimistic viewpoint I’m hoping we’ll be up and running within a week.”

AMPI is a cooperative, whose members are about 2,600 dairy farmers in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. There are 10 manufacturing plants: six bulk cheese plants that process milk into cheese; two are powdered dairy product plants; one is a butter packaging plant and Portage is the cheese packaging plant, according to Sarah Schmidt, communications director for AMPI.

The Portage, Wisconsin, facility has about 350 employees, she said. The plant does drills to be prepared for fires and other emergencies, so there were no injuries and employees followed procedures “to a T,” Schmidt said.

The fire was confined to the dry storage and ingredient warehouse on the first floor. AMPI will begin analyzing the quality of the cheese which was not in the same area as the fire. Weideman said no finished product would be shipped and all will be inspected for quality.

Source: AMPI

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