Industry leader provides consistency, excellency

In May 2015, Great Lakes Cheese held its grand opening with tours, samples and visits from local officials and the public. In attendance at the time were in the front row Great Lakes Chairman of the Board Heidi Eller, Mayor Lonnie Norman, former County Mayor David Pennington, Tennessee Department of Community Development Chief of Staff Tom Townsend, state Senator Janice Bowling and Great Lakes CEO Dan Zagzebski. In the back row are Hans Epprecht, County Mayor Gary Cordell and then state Representative Judd Matheny.

Great Lakes Cheese in Manchester is a state-of-the-art facility. The company’s super-plant in the Manchester Industrial Park is estimated at 330,000 square feet.

The company began building the local plant in 2013, planning to create 200 jobs for locals by 2019. It began operating in 2015.

“Since 2013 we have been proud to call them our neighbors and we look forward to their continued success,” said Manchester City Mayor Lonnie Norman.

“Their commitment to our community was highlighted by their generous contributions to our local food banks during COVID-19.”

The company is always eager to support the community.

“No matter if our community is in crisis or prospering, GLC since day one has been devoted to our community,” Norman said.

Great Lakes Cheese officials say they employ “the best people to be trained to do technical jobs and grow” with the company.

The story of the company goes back to 1958, when Swiss immigrant Hans Epprecht began his neighborhood cheese-delivering business. With great demand for his products, he expanded his product line, offering more cheese varieties in various packaging options. He wanted to provide the best packaging solutions for his customers. That’s how the Great Lakes Cheese tradition was born. Today, Great Lakes Cheese serves retailers and food service operations as a premier manufacturer and packer of natural and process bulk, shredded and sliced cheeses. Utilizing its eight plants, products are distributed across the country, according to

Great Lakes Cheese remains privately owned by the Epprecht family and more than 3,000 dedicated employees. The management team and the second generation of the Epprecht family have vast experience and strive to provide excellent products and services.

Great Lakes Cheese is located at 885 Manchester Industrial Park, Manchester. For more information, call 931-450-1300.

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