Kalona, IA (May 29, 2015) – Kalona Creamery, a new member of the Open Gates Business Development Corporation family, has purchased the former Twin County Dairy facility located on Highway 1 outside of Kalona, Iowa. Initial operating plans for the facility include milk receiving and separation. A comprehensive plan for the location is still under review but will utilize a different business strategy than the former tenant.
Twin County Dairy, Inc., more widely known as the Kalona Cheese Factory, closed its doors last September. Since then, the rural community and local economic development authorities have been watching this property closely. Bill Evans, Open Gates CEO, says, “We are really happy that we have been able to make this become a reality. Not only is this good for our community, but it complements our growing family of businesses.”
Kalona Organics, makers of the Kalona SuperNatural brand and another member of the Open Gates family of companies, has experienced a 40% growth rate in key categories and is driving the facility expansion. Phil Forbes, Supply Chain Director, adds, “The acquisition of the Twin County Dairy facility will immediately eliminate bottlenecks and help us streamline our milk procurement process.”
Kalona Creamery is the newest member of the Open Gates family of companies in the rural Kalona area. Other companies include Kalona Organics, Kalona Farms, Farmers Creamery, Awesome Refrigerated Transit of Iowa, and Provision Ingredients. As a result of this acquisition and other initiatives, the company is hiring for several open positions. Interested candidates should visit www.opengatesgroup.com/careers for more information.
Kalona Creamery, a member of the Open Gates Business Development Corporation, is based in Kalona, Iowa, a small farming community in the heartland of America.
Kalona SuperNaturalTM, is a Kalona OrganicsTM brand, based in Kalona, Iowa, a small farming community in the heartland of America. We work with small, sustainable family farms to provide delicious, minimally-processed organic dairy products from pasture-grazed cows.
Awesome Refrigerated Transit of Iowa is based in Frytown, Iowa, a small farming community in the heartland of America. We provide transportation services for Farmers Creamery, Kalona Organics, and other customers.