Ralph Millerbernd Presented with WCMA 2017 Distinguished Service Award

Ralph Millerbernd Presented with WCMA 2017 Distinguished Service Award

On April 13th, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association presented Ralph Millerbernd with the WCMA 2017 Distinguished Service Award. This annual award recognizes individuals that have played a significant role in building the success of the United States dairy industry. Outstanding contributions from these past recipients may include advancements in dairy manufacturing, dairy policy, research, education, innovation and development, quality, safety, and marketing. Most importantly, they are considered trusted partners, advocates and role models whose work has advanced the dairy processing industry.

Ralph Millerbernd grew up working in the family fabrication business where he helped developed cheese handling, lactose and farm equipment. Buying the business in 1971, Ralph then developed the equipment and processes for 640 lb. block production. In recent years, Millerbernd has expanded offerings to the dairy industry to include blockformers, cheese belts, process engineering services as well as full controls and automation services.

Ralph giving his award speech.
Ralph, his wife, Jan, and son, Brad, President, Millerbernd Systems.

We are pleased to welcome Blake to our team as Sales Engineer.

Blake is a recent finance graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth. As a student he participated in business clubs as well as a sales internship during summers and a financial management apprenticeship throughout his senior year at UMD. Blake has a tremendous interest in the manufacturing industry and brings a lot of enthusiasm and energy to work with him every day. While away from office he enjoys spending time on Lake Minnetonka with friends and family as well as continuing to fuel his passion for both hockey and golf.

Millerbernd helped expedite Cheese Plant Project

August 19, 2016: A swarm of construction workers, technicians and employees busily prepare this cheese plant at Hancock, Maryland for resuming production in late August. Lanco-Pennland – a local dairy cooperative – acquired this former Saputo Cheese plant for $2.2 million in late summer 2015 and has invested $25 million to modernize the facility.

Co-op leaders stress the importance of re-opening the Hancock cheese plant to provide a more stable milk marketing climate for members’ milk. Northeast milk markets have been chaotic for the past two-plus years. In the bigger picture, restoring cheese production at Hancock is part of a west-to-east migration of dairy and food processing facilities. Drought and transportation issues cloud some western states’ future as sources of manufactured dairy products. The Lanco-Pennland plant sits within a radius of 200-300 miles of many tens of millions of cheese-eating consumers.

The Milkweed Issue No. 446 | September 2016

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