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Klondike earns award
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MONROE - Klondike Cheese Company brothers, Ron, Steve and Dave Buholzer, have received Small Business Administration's Wisconsin and Region V 2008 Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business Award.

The award honors a family-owned and operated business which has been passed from one generation to another. The owner must be a majority owner and operator of a small business with a track record of at least 15 years. In addition, the nominee must be an individual who owns and operates a small business.

Klondike Cheese Company is a third-generation, family-owned and operated business that has manufactured cheese since 1925. The fourth generation is working in the business and a management succession plan is in place.

The Buholzers were judged on their success as measured by sales and profits; increased employment opportunities for family members and non-family members; demonstrated potential necessary for long-term business success and economic growth; and voluntary efforts to strengthen family-owned businesses within the community.

Seventy-five percent of Klondike's cheese output is Feta cheese. Feta is a Greek-style cheese originally made from goat or sheep milk and now made from cow's milk with an enzyme added to attain the desired tangy taste. Klondike also manufactures brick, Havarti and muenster cheeses.

Klondike markets around 25 million pounds of cheese annually. To produce that volume, Klondike buys 340,000 pounds of milk daily from 80 to 85 family-owned farms.

Klondike buys locally to support the local economy and other small family-owned businesses in the community. It works in cooperation with other cheese companies in Wisconsin to strengthen the state's cheese industry.