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National Historic Cheesemaking Center: Decatur Swiss Cheese Company Co-op
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In 1942, Ernie Bahler moved his family from the Coldren Cheese Factory to the Decatur Swiss Cheese Company Co-op, which was built in 1941. Because the factory was larger, Ernie hired two men, and in the summer three hired men lived at the factory. They would make six or seven wheels of Swiss a day in summer, but only three a day during the winter months.