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Location DB > United States > Wisconsin > Hilbert > Calumet Cheese Company
Calumet Cheese Company
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created by ripperofcrust on 5/28/2020 2:24 PM
last modified by fr00tCake on 5/22/2023 3:56 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Spreadable cheese factory consisting of two floors and various additions.

5.22.2023 - Demolished in 2021 or 2022. The now empty lot is currently owned by the village of Herbert. The plan is still for redevelopment, using 2 grants totaling $738,000
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy - it's gone
Recommendation: forget it - It's gone!
 Physical Information
129 North 7th Street
Hilbert, Wisconsin
United States
Owner: Village of Hilbert
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  •  Interesting Features
    Hatch for roof access

    World's smallest freight elevator

    Former living quarters on second floor
     Security Measures
  • 24 hour guard
  • building now alarmed and secured by adt, don't attempt
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1937
    Closed: 1995
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
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    The original home of the "Wispride" spreadable cheese brand.

    Opened in 1938 as the Calumet Cheese Company. Original building consisted of two floors, including living space for the plant foreman.
    At one time, this factory had the largest amount of refrigerated space in the county.

    Purchased in the 1970's by Gerber, later acquired by Nestle and lastly Fromageries Bel.

    Operated until 1995 when production of the Wispride brand was moved to a different cheese plant in Kentucky. Also seemed to be due to lack of a sufficient water treatment plant at the time (small community/largest employer)

    Production was eventually brought back to Wisconsin when Fromageries Bel purchased the Little Chute Kaukauna Cheese plant in 1996, but this plant has sat vacant and used as periodic storage since.

    It was announced in 2020 that a grant will be awarded to clear the land for future commercial use. The plant is slated for demolition later this year.
     Media Coverage
     Future Plans
    Proposed commercial and retail development.

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    Thu, May 28th, 2020
    posted by ripperofcrust
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    Wed, Jun 10th, 2020
    posted by ripperofcrust
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    Mon, May 22nd, 2023
    posted by fr00tCake
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 5/22/2023 4:37 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on May 22 23 at 16:37, Steed validated this location
  • on May 22 23 at 15:57, fr00tCake added some pictures to a gallery
  • on May 22 23 at 15:56, fr00tCake created a new gallery
  • on May 22 23 at 15:56, fr00tCake changed the following: Owner, Status, Accessibility, Recommendation, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Description
  • on Jul 10 20 at 12:33, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jul 7 20 at 13:20, ripperofcrust changed the following: Accessibility, Recommendation, Security Measures
  • on Jun 10 20 at 23:44, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 10 20 at 16:04, ripperofcrust deleted 1 pictures from gallery two
  • on Jun 10 20 at 16:03, ripperofcrust deleted 2 pictures from gallery two
  • on Jun 10 20 at 16:00, ripperofcrust updated gallery picture IMG_1084.jpg
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