Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery – New London
Contact: Cristy Wanner
Wohlt Cheese has an amazing and rich history. Born in 1905, Edwin Wohlt was a true entrepreneur, and began buying cheese in 1925. His daughter, Marilyn Taylor, continued to run the business until her passing in February 2017.
Throughout all these years, the Wohlt family participated in a great deal of community outreach. They were contributors of cheese for the US government food program, and continually assisted in the growth of the community as well as their own business. During all this time, one theme runs through the families’ business: “Do good and forget about it”. The Wohlt family treated their employees and the community well and did not ask for recognition, they would simply say “Forget about it”.
It is an honor to merge this rich history with the history of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery (ECC). ECC started their business life as a creamery for making butter in Ellsworth, WI as Milton Dairy. In 1908, 30 farmers met and formed a cooperative which was made official in 1910. By 1968, ECC had expanded to include four more creameries, with a product line which now included cheddar cheese and our famous cheese curds.
In 2018, ECC has added another esteemed company, Wohlt Cheese, to its family. Bringing in the processed cheese side of the dairy food market, Wohlt Cheese is a perfect match to the ECC family.