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Governor Walker announces $165,000 transportation grant to city of Thorp

November 15, 2013

Award will create/retain 33 jobs at Holland’s Family Cheese through street improvements

Governor Scott Walker announced today that the city of Thorp is being awarded a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The $165,000 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) contribution toward the construction of a new city street and intersection to benefit the expansion of Holland’s Family Cheese.

The Gouda cheese manufacturer is building a new milking cow facility, cheese factory and creamery in Thorp. The $5.1 million investment will triple the size of Holland’s Family Cheese and double its annual production. The expansion project will create and retain 33 jobs in Clark County. Indirectly, this TEA grant supports another 33 jobs. The project includes construction of a new city street – West Liberty Drive – and intersection with County M. These improvements will safely and efficiently accommodate large truck traffic serving Holland’s Family Cheese growing operation.

WisDOT’s $165,000 TEA grant represents one-third of the $494,270 construction project. The remainder of the funding is being provided by the city of Thorp. Construction is underway and expected to be completed by July 2014.

Holland’s Family Cheese got its start in 2002, when the Penterman family moved to Wisconsin from the Netherlands. They started making Gouda cheese in 2006 and now produce more than 13 varieties.

Since its start in 1987, Wisconsin’s TEA grant program has invested more than $93.6 million in 334 projects, creating or retaining more than 80,000 jobs around the state. For a complete listing of TEA grants and project details, visit the WisDOT web site.

The TEA grant program is a performance measure in WisDOT’s MAPSS Performance Improvement Program. MAPSS focuses on five core goals of mobility, accountability, preservation, safety and service. To learn more, go to the MAPSS page on the WisDOT web.

For more information, contact:
Don Uelmen, WisDOT TEA program manager
(608) 266-3488,



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