Five Things You May Not Know About Tillamook County Creamery Association

by Gayle Gilham on April 1, 2019

in Featured Member

Tillamook County Creamery Association

For 110 years, Tillamook County’s largest employer has stood behind the honest values of their farmer-owners. It’s from them they’ve learned passion can’t be faked, hard work can’t be outsmarted and real food is worth fighting for. Did you know…

  1. It all started when European settlers arrived in Tillamook Valley around 1851, finding a silver lining to the wet, cool climate and the green grass it produced: perfect for raising dairy cows. Then in 1909, several small creameries joined forces to ensure all cheese made in the Tillamook Valley would be the same high quality. Each creamery contributed $10 to start the cooperative: Tillamook County Creamery Association.
  2. Fast Forward 110 years: Rapid national expansion and product innovation have fueled more than 60% growth over the past five years. Tillamook Creamery generated $800 million in sales in 2017, up from $477 million in 2012, when Patrick Criteser joined the cooperative as president and chief executive officer. Tillamook’s iconic products now include award-winning cheese, butter, sour cream, ice cream and yogurt. The latest new product line, Tillamook Cheeseboards, contains premium snack packs featuring a variety of cheeses, crackers and fruit spreads.
  3. Tillamook has two manufacturing facilities in Oregon – one at their flagship cheese and ice cream making plant in Tillamook on the Oregon coast and another cheese making facility in Boardman, Oregon. They welcome more than one million visitors a year at their iconic Tillamook Creamery, aka visitor center, which was rebuilt in 2018 to create a better experience for generations of fans.
  4. As a co-op, employees are a lot more like family. Tillamook relies on and embraces diverse perspectives, thoughts, backgrounds and cultures to inform their work. They’re committed to creating a climate of inclusion and conditions where all employees feel valued and a sense of belonging. At the end of 2017, 37% of their total workforce was female, 44% of their managers were female, and 26% of their workforce was racially and ethnically diverse.
  5. With people as the lighthouse of their success, Tillamook offers a generous benefits program, including paid time off and a parental leave benefit; wellness programs and fitness incentives; generous 401(k) matching and profit sharing; learning and professional development; paid community volunteer time; creamery discounts; and office snacks (specific benefits may vary depending on position and work location).

Cascade is proud to feature Tillamook County Creamery Association, an organization that knows its success is about more than an incredible loaf of cheddar, aiming to create a viable future in farming communities and an organization that is committed to creating an enriching and fulfilling culture for their employees which is grounded in purpose and shared values.

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