Bunker Hill Cheese adding space, jobs

Bunker Hill Cheese adding space, jobs

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Bunker Hill Cheese Company, in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development and the Holmes County Economic Development Council, recently announced an investment of $104,000 in its Holmes County facility, creating 10 new jobs.

A family-owned 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.”

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 also will 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,” OhioSE President Mike Jacoby said. “It is truly exciting to see a family company with such a proud tradition expanding into new markets.”

Bunker Hill Cheese Company is a third-generation, family-owned company established in 1935. Today up to 12 tons of cheese can be made in a day. Bunker Hill Cheese makes over 25 varieties of cheese, averaging 50,000 pounds of cheese a week.