Gary Grossen, a cheesemaker at the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant, is one of nine individuals recently selected to receive an award from the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. Grossen will receive the organization’s Vanguard Award, which recognizes cheesemakers or cheese manufacturing employees whose work has helped to blaze new trails in dairy operations.

“Our multi-billion dollar industry was built not only on a reputation for the highest quality products, but also on the ideas and hard work of the leaders WCMA is set to recognize in 2018,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director. “We’re pleased to shine a spotlight on the men and women who, through hard work and initiative, have created a firm foundation for the future of dairy manufacturing.”

Grossen grew up making cheese with his parents at Prairie Hill Cheese Factory in Green County, Wis. Gary is a Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker with certifications in brick, muenster, cheddar, Havarti and gouda, and has won many cheese contest awards.

Awards will be delivered to honorees at the International Cheese Technology Expo Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, April 19, 2018. For more information or to register to attend this event, please visit or call WCMA at 608-286-1001.