Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce: Ornua Ingredients North America becomes gold-certified Fox Cities Employee Friendly Workplace

FOX CITIES, Wis. – (January 6, 2022) – Cheese ingredients business Ornua Ingredients North America (OINA) has been certified as a 2022 gold-level Employee Friendly Workplace in the Fox Cities by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. Gold-certified employers are community leaders in promoting work/life integration by making significant investments in employee-friendly policies and practices.

OINA becomes the sixth Fox Cities employer to attain certification through the new program and the third to be recognized at the “gold” level.

Headquartered in Hilbert, OINA is a leading provider of customised functional cheese solutions for US food manufacturing and foodservice customers. With the recent acquisition of Whitehall Specialties, OINA employs over 800 people across its six well invested production facilities in Wisconsin Minnesota, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

OINA is part of Ornua, an Irish dairy cooperative which exports to over 110 countries around the world and employs over 2,800 people across its 16 production facilities and local market offices.

“We are pleased to receive this Gold level certification for excellence for offering benefits and policies that promote work/life integration and strive to meet diverse needs of employees. Our employees are key to making our business successful,” said Brittney Kostechka- Human Resources. “This is a credit to both our global and local efforts to improve our benefits program. We are all incredibly proud to achieve this status and look forward to continuing to strengthen our program into the future!”

Some of the benefits that helped Ornua achieve this outstanding certification level include: paid 12 weeks maternity, two weeks paid paternity offerings, paid fertility/miscarriage/adoption leave offerings, bereavement policy, quarterly bonus program for operations and continued training and development opportunities.

Watch a video of the official Ornua announcement here: Ornua Ingredients North America Gold Certified Announcement – YouTube

Employee friendly workplace policies and practices foster a supportive work environment that improves employee engagement and encourages employee loyalty. A commitment to employee friendliness creates an environment in the Fox Cities that attracts and retains the best employees for the region. To learn more about the Fox Cities Employee Friendly Workplace initiative or view a list of all certified companies, visit