A big name in KELOLAND food is expanding. Dimock Cheese in Dimock, South Dakota broke ground Thursday on a new facility. The new facility will have a retail store as well as office, refrigeration, labeling, and packaging space steps away from Highway 37 south of Mitchell. KELOLAND News was there for the ceremony and talked with people about what this means for the company and the town.
Dan Kurtenbach of Dimock is here for something you don’t see every day.
“This is something big for town, little town like this, you don’t get that very often,” Kurtenbach said. “You hit the big cities, they always have groundbreakings, and things like that, but this is a big thing for us.”
“Dimock Cheese is Dimock, South Dakota,” Dimock Cheese co-owner Denny Everson said.
The existing facility is not far away, but the new one will be much closer to Highway 37.
“With this kind of exposure, I’m hoping that a few more of them will stop in to make their lunches for wherever they’re working,” Everson said.
The new facility will boost the company.
“For us it will help us extend the brand,” Everson said. “That’s the reason we bought this company three years ago. This brand, has been, if you were born and raised in South Dakota, you know Dimock Cheese.”
And the new facility will enhance its home. They share more than just a name- their futures are entwined, too.
“More tax dollars for our city, which, we’ve only got this as our tax, really taxable income coming in for us, so we’re proud to have them do this, and we want to help ’em,” Kurtenbach said.
“I’m proud that we’ve got a town so small that can have a facility this big, and it helps the community completely,” Virginia Weber of Dimock said.
“We will have way more cooler space,” Everson said. “Right now we rent cooler space as far away as Sioux Falls, to age our cheese, and here we can age it ourselves.”
You might think this is a hassle. But Everson wants to keep some of that cooler space in Sioux Falls.
“I’m hoping we still need to, because I hope sales are that good,” Everson said.
Everson projects the new facility will open in less than a year. KELOLAND News asked him how many people live in Dimock. He said “about 28 families.”