Wisconsin Whey Protein was recognized by the Polk County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) for its contributions to economic and community development in Polk County. The 2015 Small Business Award was presented by Steve Healy, Executive Director of Polk County Economic Development Corporation, during PCEDC’s Business Awards Luncheon at Trollhaugen Convention and Events Center May 12.
State Representative Adam Jarchow presented a Citation by the Legislature on behalf of the Polk County Legislators State Senator Shelia Harsdorf and State Representative Adam Jarchow. In addition Amy Resop, State Legislative Liaison, Office of US Senator Ron Johnson presented a letter of recognition acknowledging Wisconsin Whey Protein’s contributions to Polk County’s Economy. Dave Stordahl, Vice President Finance and Administration and Phil Bowe, Plant Manager accepted the award and recognitions on behalf of Wisconsin Whey Protein .
Wisconsin Whey Protein recently built a whey protein processing plant in Turtle Lake with operation of the plant starting in late 2012. The plant is located in the Industrial Park in Turtle Lake and utilizes whey from regional cheese plants to produce its product.
The company produces Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) with a protein content exceeding 80% (WPC-80). This fat-free, low lactose, agglomerated product has advantages of high solubility and easy digestibility, and it is designed for the requirements of numerous value-added food applications. The plant produces ultra pure whey protein products for use in infant formula, baby food, sport nutrition, health and wellness products and geriatric products.
- Kachadurian, founder, president and CEO of Wisconsin Whey Protein said, “Our products are to be sold and used both domestically and internationally. There is very high demand growth in the international market. We have been working with this industry for 15 years in Wisconsin and we are excited to bring this modern, proprietary and high-tech technology plant to Turtle Lake.”
In the past few years, whey proteins have gained extraordinary recognition for their health benefits and functional capabilities, and as a result have experienced tremendous growth in the food marketplace.
Demand for WPC-80 has expanded steadily over the past decade. In the period from 2000 to 2009, the world market is estimated to have grown from a base of 125 million pounds to 325 million pounds, representing an increase of 200 million pounds at a rate of 10% per year.
L to R Amy Resop, Office of US Senator Ron Johnson, State Representative Adam Jarchow, Dave Stordahl, Vice President Finance and Administration, Phil Bowe, Plant Manager, and Steve Healy Executive Director, Polk County EDC.