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About Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc.

Great Lakes Cheese understands the power of provolone, the charm of cheddar, and the goodness of gruyere. Each year the company makes hundreds of million pounds of cheese at nine facilities in the US. The cheesemaker produces three categories of cheese: natural cheese, including cheddar, Swiss, mozarella, provolone, and blue; processed cheeses such as American Deluxe, Cheese Spread, and Cheese Product; and specialty cheeses, such as blue veined cheese for the retail and wholesale markets. Chairman Hans Epprecht, a Swiss immigrant, founded the firm in 1958 as a Cleveland bulk-cheese distributor. The company is owned by the Epprecht Family and over 3,000 dedicated employees.


Great Lakes Cheese serves the nation's retailers and food service operations as a premier manufacturer and packer of natural and process bulk, shredded, and sliced cheeses through its state of the art plants located in five states in the US.

Geographic Reach

Ohio-based, Great Lakes Cheese operates nine manufacturing facilities located in Wisconsin, New York, Utah, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Sales and Marketing

Great Lakes Cheese serves customers in foodservice, manufacturing, and retail markets.

Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc.

17825 Great Lakes Pkwy
Hiram, OH 44234-9677
Phone: 1 (440) 834-2500

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
CFO: Russell Mullins
Chief Operating Officer: Gary Vanic
President and CEO: Dan Zagzebski
Employees (This Location): 500
Employees (All Locations): 1,700

Major Office Locations

Hiram, OH

Other Locations

Manchester, TN
La Crosse, WI
Wausau, WI