$5.5M Purchase Offer Placed for Golden Guernsey
Nearly two months after workers were displaced during abrupt dairy closure, an Ohio dairy looks to expand in Waukesha.
The offer for purchase could make way for Golden Guernsey to re-open after a California investment firm owning the Wisconsin dairy filed bankruptcy in early January.
Earlier this week, the Christmas hat was taken off the giant cow – a Waukesha icon on Delafield Street. The Christmas hat had been untouched as dairy workers were forced to leave the plant and their jobs with no warning.
The company started in 1930 as a farmer-owned cooperative in Milwaukee, and by 1935, Golden Guernsey delivered milk to the homes of 20,000 customers in Wisconsin, according to its website. By 1955 construction began at its current facility at 2101 Delafield St.
Dean Foods was ordered to sell the plant by the Wisconsin Department of Justice in order to settle an antitrust lawsuit because Dean Foods owned about 60 percent of milk processing plants in the state. The plant was sold in September 2011 to OpenGate Capital, an investment firm that planned to continue operations of the dairy processing facility.