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Food Processing

Wisconsin has the 2nd most organic farms in the United States, behind only California. Our business climate, diversity of Wiscosnin crops, availability of water, and location in the heartland of the nation amkes us ideal for organic food processing faiclities. We have two major local, competing refridgerated storage coomapnies. In addition, our local college, Lakeshore Technical College (LTC), offers courses in food safety and Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), OSHA, Kosher and Halal certifications, high-speed packaging, and a world-class culinary arts school. 

To bolster our strength we also have comapnies that make packaging machines and print packaging and labels. There area also firms that specialize in relocating food insutry managers and executives. In many respects our infrastruture was built by the food processing industry.     

TARGETED COMPANIES

  • Food Processing & Packaging
  • Agriculture Equipment Manufacturing
  • Organic & Produce Farms
  • Leather & Related Products Manufacturing
  • Vineyards, Wineries & Breweries
  • Fish Farms
  • Dairy Associated Industries
  • Specialty Cheese, Meats & Foods
  • Companies that supply Cheese Manufacturers

OUR LOCATION
Sheboygan County is located near many areas of high produce and dairy production. To our south is Chicago with its commodity markets and distribution centers. Check out the map below to see why Sheboygan County is perfectly situated for food processing and agribusiness.

 

LOCATION QUOTENT (LQ)
The local food manufacturing sector has a LQ of 3.72.  This means that there is 3.7x more food manufacturing firms in Sheboygan County than the national average. 

MAJOR EXISTING COMPANIES
Industry leaders in cheese/dairy processing and meat processing call Sheboygan County home.

Sargento Foods Inc. Cheese manufacturing
Johnsonville Sausage Meat processing
Dairy Farmers of America Inc. Cheese manufacturing
Great Lakes Cheese of Wisconsin Inc. Dairy-product merchant wholesalers
Masters Gallery Foods Inc. Dairy-product merchant wholesalers
Carl Buddig & Co. (Old Wisconsin Sausage)
Meat markets
Saputo Cheese USA Inc. Cheese manufacturing
Sartori Foods, Inc. Cheese manufacturing

*all companies listed were in the top 100 employers in the county in 2009

 

WAGES FOR FOOD PROCESSING: 

MSA

Food Processing

Fond du Lac

 $ -  

National

 $40,959

Milwaukee

 $41,657

Wisconsin

 $41,974

Madison

 $44,864

Green Bay

 $45,047

Chicago

 $45,071

Janesville

 $46,792

Sheboygan

 $51,286

Oshkosh

 $56,306

Data From 2008 Harvard Business School, Cluster Mapping Project

WORKFORCE EMPLOYED IN INDUSTRY
5% of the County’s workforce is employed directly in food processing.

WORKMAN'S COMPENSATION RATES
RATES REPRESENT ACTUAL COST PER $100 OF PAYROLL

CODE

DESCRIPTION

WI

MI

MN

IL

IA

2111

Canneries

$4.19

$3.90

$6.35

$6.12

$4.69

3507

Agricultural Machinery Mfg.

5.70

5.23

5.65

12.36

6.94

RANDOM FACTS
Wisconsin is a leader in organic farming; only California has more farms.   

Wisconsin has 8 percent of the nation’s certified and exempt organic farms and has the second most organic farms by state in the nation.  1200 farms do over $280,000,000 in annual sales.  Read More...

Johnsonville Sausage is the largest sausage producer in the United States by sales. 

Sargento Foods is the largest retail cheese processor in Wisconsin. 

The City of Plymouth was the center of the cheese industry and home to the Cheese Exchange until 1955.  Until that point, national cheese prices were set in Plymouth.  The Cheese Exchange moved to Green Bay, WI and eventually to Chicago, IL.