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Wednesday will be a red-letter day for Antigo, Langlade County, the Sartori Co., and cheese lovers around the world.

Representatives from Sartori, the state of Wisconsin, city of Antigo and Langlade County will take part in a ground breaking ceremony at the site of a multi-million dollar addition and update to the plant bordering Morse and Edison Streets.

Sartori is bringing improvements to the plant originally opened here in 1922, the second in the launch of the J.L. Kraft food empire.

The ground breaking, scheduled at 9 a.m. at 201 Morse St., will certainly include a number of addresses and unveiling of just what the Plymouth-based cheese and food product firm has planned for its very productive Antigo facility.

Those visiting the program are asked to use the firm’s parking lot open on the west side of the 200 block of Edison Street.

A spokesman for Sartori said that if it rains, a large white tent will cover the festivities. The National Weather Services is predicting showers.

Sartori is only the third owner for the plant, which produced Swiss and Parmesan flavorings for Kraft and a number of other cheese products, including the cheesy coating for a very popular crunchy snack food during the day, OkeyDokey.

While many of the smaller Kraft plants were closed over the years, Antigo remained open, used tons of milk and produced tons of cheese. But when the firm was sold to Philip Morris, the financiers went to work on the firm’s facilities and Antigo’s closing was announced.

A number of the Kraft employees raised funds to buy the plant and continue operating as Antigo Cheese. Improvements at the facilities were made but after a number of years of operation, it was sold to the Sartori organization.

Under the new owners, artisan cheese production was expanded and products made here were winners of world competition and soared in marketability. The ground breaking reflects that success, some guided at the hands of former Kraft and Antigo Cheese veterans.

“Wednesday will be an excellent day for Sartori, its employees and certainly the people from the Antigo area,” Mayor Bill Brandt said this morning.


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