Foremost Farms Announces 2022 Annual Circle of Excellence Award Winners

March 07, 2023

MIDDLETON, Wisc. (March 7, 2023) – This year, 10 individuals and four plants received the honor of being awarded 2022 Annual Circle of Excellence Awards for going above and beyond to make a positive impact for the cooperative business, its customers and farmer-owners. Foremost Farms thanks these award winners for their diligent work and living the cooperative’s four core values: One Team, Force for Good, Work with Integrity and Take Care of Our World.

“These award winners represent the very best of our company and culture, exemplifying our values with their impactful work. There are so many employees like our Circle winners at Foremost Farms, making it difficult to select only these few for the annual awards. We are grateful for each and every employee and the work they’re doing to Bring Dairy to Life every day,” said Lori Wall, SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer at Foremost Farms.

Please join us in congratulating the award-winning individuals and teams.

Colleen Carr, Senior Director, Sales Operations – Presidents Award Winner

Heather Teasdale-Stowell, Plant Operations Specialist – One Team Award Winner

Kaitlyn Harbort, Business Sustainability Analyst – Take Care of Our World Award Winner

Darin Krumenauer and Teresa Ellerman, both Senior Financial Analysts – Work with Integrity Award Winners

Lisa Yanke, Communications Director – Force for Good Award Winner

Sustainability Team: Kaitlyn Harbort, Business Sustainability Analyst, Mercedes Talvitie, Farm Sustainability Analyst and Andrew Koch, EHS Engineer – Most Valuable Team Award Winners

Troy Holzer, Safety Supervisor, Appleton – Service Hero Award Winner

Clayton Plant – Plant of the Year Award Winner

Sparta Plant – Quality Plant of the Year Award Winner

Greenville Plant – Platinum Service Plant of the Year Award Winner

Marshfield Plant– Safety Plant of the Year Award Winner

About Foremost Farms USA

Foremost Farms USA® is a world-class supplier of cheese, dairy products, and ingredients to national and international markets. It offers innovative solutions, technical services and customized products, ingredients and packaging for foodservice, food processing, distributor and pharmaceutical customers. As a dairy cooperative, it is owned by approximately 1,000 dairy farmers located in Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Foremost Farms’ flexible, diverse plant network allows it to manufacture the products and ingredients that are most in demand and provide a strong, secure market for the member-owners’ milk. For more information call 800-362-9196 or see