Great Lakes Cheese is an award-winning, premier manufacturer and packager of natural and processed cheese products. Swiss immigrant, Hans Epprecht, started Great Lakes Cheese in 1958 with just $5,000. His reputation for being a hard worker and having the highest quality cheeses created a demand that still exists today. Great Lakes Cheese has grown to a multi-billion dollar company through acquisitions, plant expansions, technological investments in production and distribution – and by setting high industry standards for service. Hans also established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan that gave employees 20% of the business. He did this to drive our ownership culture, a culture that empowers every employee to be a problem solver. We thrive on that entrepreneurial spirit. This is a place where everyone's contributions matter. We have a firm belief that we will only grow if we work together. Our collaborative culture extends to all our stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, and industry peers. We understand that all of us have a brighter future if we focus on the good of the whole.