Valley Queen Cheese Factory, Inc.
Two Swiss immigrants and an unexpected stop for gas.
It’s funny how things happen, but that’s a synopsis of how we got our start in 1929. Aspiring cheese makers Alfred Nef and Alfred Gonzenbach were looking for a new home for their small Wisconsin cheese plant. While Alfred Gonzenbach was on his way to Montana to inspect a new promising site, he stopped in Milbank, South Dakota, for gas.
When area businessmen discovered their intentions, they quickly rallied to persuade the duo to change their plans. Montana’s loss soon became Milbank’s gain and Valley Queen Cheese was born.
Today, we proudly employ over 200 people in our small community. And we’ve become a key partner for national food processors looking for quality cheese and whey products to bring their own products to life.