Dept of Commerce: Gov. Doyle Announces Business Project in Green County

Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661

MADISON – Gov. Jim Doyle today announced that Birchwood Klondike Cheese, Monroe, Green County, will receive $137,800 in Agricultural Development Zone tax credits from the Department of Commerce (Commerce) for environmental remediation and job creation.

“My Grow Wisconsin, 2005 Agenda calls for a new commitment in our agricultural economy – moving it to the high end by modernizing and expanding Wisconsin’s dairy industry,” said Gov. Doyle. “With this funding, Klondike Cheese will upgrade their facilities so they can continue to produce high-quality cheese that is distributed all over the country.”

Klondike Cheese has been operated by the Buholzer family for more than 75 years. It produces award-winning Feta, Brick, Muenster and Havarti cheeses. Klondike Cheese is investing $6.1 million to construct a wastewater treatment system and build and equip an addition to its plant in Monroe. The project will create five jobs and retain 55 jobs.

The Agriculture Development Zone program helps attract, promote, retain, and encourage the expansion of agriculture businesses in Wisconsin. For more information about the Agriculture Development Zone program, contact Peggy Burke, Commerce, at 608/266-3751.