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Cheesemaker announces $14 M expansion

MADISON (WAOW) – Sartori Co., a cheese company with plants in Antigo and Plymouth, announced a $14 million expansion and renovation project that is expected to create about 50 new jobs.

The project will allow the fourth-generation, family-owned company to update its Wisconsin plants, including the 100-year-old facility in Antigo, and expand its cheese-making capacity, President Jeff Schwager said Wednesday.

Sartori spokesman Chad Vincent said "significant" millions of dollars will be spent upgrading the Antigo plant with new equipment and other improvements. He did not know how many new jobs would be created there.

The project is being partially financed with up to $394,500 in state tax credits based on the number of new, full-time jobs created over three years, Schwager said.

The assistance from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will help Sartori accelerate its growth, Schwager said in a statement.

The expansion will have an economic benefit well beyond Sartori as it will mean more business for local farm families, milk haulers, construction and engineering firms and dozens of suppliers,” he said.

The work will begin next year, the company's 75th anniversary.

Sartori, headquartered in Plymouth, produces artisan and premium cheese for specialty, retail, ingredient, restaurant and food service markets. It currently employees about 265 workers at its Antigo and Plymouth plants.

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