Emmi Roth, a Wisconsin producer of specialty cheese, including award-winning blue cheese, is expanding with the acquisition of Great Lakes Cheese’s blue cheese plant in Seymour.

With the purchase of the Great Lakes Cheese plant, Emmi Roth will not only be able to expand its blue cheese production, but also increase its capabilities to develop new blue cheese products and packaging solutions.

“We believe in the blue cheese category and see this as an opportunity to strengthen our position in the market,” said Tim Omer, Emmi Roth president and managing director. “This acquisition gives us access to a talented group of cheesemakers and provides us with additional resources to expand our current production and develop new blue cheese products for our customers.”

Emmi Roth will assume ownership of Great Lakes Cheese’s Seymour factory, related land, productions facility and equipment on Feb. 28.

“We know Emmi Roth to be as passionate about cheese and as committed to its employees as we are,” said John Epprecht, vice president of Great Lakes Cheese. “They are well positioned to guide Seymour’s business and its dedicated workforce into the next stage of growth.”

Great Lakes Cheese’s Seymour plant currently employs 50 people; Emmi Roth will offer continued employment to all employees at the Seymour location.

This acquisition will grow Emmi Roth to four locations in Wisconsin, also including Monroe, Platteville and Fitchburg, employing nearly 300 people.