Bunker Hill Cheese Company, in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), and The Holmes County Economic Development Council, today announced an investment of $104,000 in their Holmes County facility, creating ten new jobs.
A family-owned Ohio company, Bunker Hill Cheese Company operates a cheese product manufacturing facility and retail outlet in Holmes County, utilizing locally-sourced milk. The company sells a variety of products nationwide.
“Working with this collective team has been a delightful experience,” said Lisa Troyer, President of Bunker Hill Cheese. “The insights and support augmenting a clear vision for continuing economic development for Southeast Ohio businesses is an investment that will render both immediate, and long-term, benefits to, (in our case, Holmes County), and our continuing commitment to sustainable, reintegrative agricultural, a growing personnel roster and the continued enhancements that make Bunker Hill Cheese and Ohio’s Amish Country a premier tourist destination for fellow Ohioans and visitors from around the world.”
The investment includes the purchase of new machinery and equipment to increase the production of niche products, including Cheese Crisps, which are Keto-friendly snacks. The new equipment will also support the company’s sales to Hormel, which are included in protein-based snack packs under the Applegate brand.
“Bunker Hill Cheese is an iconic Holmes County business and the company’s retail shop is a must-stop for many visitors to the area,” said Mark Leininger, Executive Director of The Holmes County Economic Development Council. “The HCEDC is excited about the company’s plans for growth and its decision to invest in expanding its product line. We wish the company continued success and thank JobsOhio for its support of this project.”
JobsOhio supported the project with a $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant and OhioSE assisted the company with the grant process. The JobsOhio Inclusion Grant exists to provide financial support for eligible projects in designated distressed communities and/or for businesses owned by underrepresented populations across the state.
“Ohio Southeast Economic Development is pleased to play a role in supporting the growth of Bunker Hill Cheese,” said OhioSE President Mike Jacoby. “It is truly exciting to see a family company with such a proud tradition expanding into new markets.”
Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) is the JobsOhio Network Partner for southern, eastern, and southeastern Ohio, providing economic development work and resources in 25 rural counties; they are the newest and geographically the largest of the six regions across the state. OhioSE partners closely with regional development districts, local economic development offices, state agencies, and other entities to expand, retain, and attract businesses in the counties they serve.
- “Bunker Hill Cheese Company announces expansion in Holmes County” – The Highland County Press, 08/02/2022
- “Bunker Hill Cheese investing in Ohio” – Food Business News, 08/03/2022