Continental Dairy Facilities is a dairy processing plant located in Michigan in partnership with Select Milk Producers, the 5th largest dairy co-op in the United States, made up of more than 92 dairy farmers from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Texas and New Mexico. Our plant produces over 300,000 pounds of dry, non-fat milk per day for use as the base ingredient for a wide variety of consumer products including ice cream, cheese, yogurt, whipped cream, pasta sauce and more.
Steve currently serves as the President/General Manager of Dairy Manufacturing Operations of Continental Dairy Facilities LLC, where he was involved in the business development and design of a new powder processing plant in Coopersville, Michigan which started operations in March 2012. He brings 40 years of experience and vast amounts of knowledge of the dairy industry to his role at Continental Dairy. During his career in Dairy, Steve has been responsible for plant operations, marketing and logistics as well as the startup of numerous dryers, evaporators, ultrafiltration and butter operations. Steve studied at California State University – Fresno where he received a degree in Dairy Industry.
Bruce has worked for Continental Dairy Facilities since December of 2012 and currently serves as the Director of Finance. A CPA, Bruce has over 30 years of experience in accounting and finance. During his career, Bruce has worked in a variety of industries, including a combined 17 years of previous work for two companies in the food production industry. Bruce studied at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Ml where he received a Bachelor's of Economics degree. Bruce enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and running in his spare time. He is also president of the consistory at his church.
Cheslie joined Continental Dairy Facilities in May 2011, after graduating from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Continental Dairy has provided Cheslie with the opportunity to learn multiple areas within the company, allowing her to gain valuable experience in logistics, marketing and information technology. She lives in Spring Lake and enjoys running in her spare time.
A California native with 15 years of dairy experience, Jeff moved to Michigan in 2011 to continue growing in his career in Dairy Manufacturing Operations. He is currently Continental Dairy Facilities, Director of Operations. Jeff is responsible for the Michigan Continental Dairy Facilities plant and the Texas Continental Dairy Facilities Southwest plant. Jeff started his career in 2001 working for California Dairies Inc. the second largest milk marketing cooperative in the U.S. His career there spanned 10 years starting out as a milk receiver and ending as the Assistant Plant Manager; overseeing the daily operations of one of the largest drying facilities in the nation. Jeff's experience ranges in operations with a vast knowledge in Evaporation, Drying, UF/RO and Butter. He is a very motivated individual who enjoys work and spending quality time with his family.
Derrick is the Environmental Health and Safety Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. degree in Occupational Health and Safety Management. Derrick has 11 years' experience the Occupational Health & Safety field with experience working in the food processing, automotive, surgical device manufacturing, concrete precasting, and electrical transmission industries. Derrick is from West Michigan and lives in the Coopersville area with his wife who works in the Healthcare Industry.
Chance joined Continental Dairy Facilities in December 2011 after serving 9 years of active duty in the United States Coast Guard as an Electrician's Mate 1st Class. During his time with U.S.C.G. he received many awards while maintaining a variety of systems from facilities and ships to lighthouses. He currently lives in Fruitport with his wife and children, while still serving in the reserves. In his spare time, Chance enjoys spending time with his family and doing anything outdoors.
Bryan Hoekstra is the Assistant Controller at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He has been with the company since October 2011. He attended Calvin College and now lives with his wife in Zeeland.
Denise VanderMale is the Division FSQA Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. She has been with the company since December 2011, prior to the start of production in March 2012. She has 20 years of Food Safety and Quality Assurance experience in the food industry. Denise received her Bachelors of Health Science from Grand Valley State University. She lives in Allendale, Michigan with her three daughters.
Sherri Gereaux has been with Continental Dairy Facilities since January 2014 and currently holds the role of Human Resource Manager. Sherri has an Associate's Degree in Business and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management. She has many years of experience in business office roles and is very excited to be a part of our Continental Dairy team. Formerly from right here in Coopersville, she now lives in Allendale Michigan with her husband and 13 year old son.
Ronald currently works for Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC as Director of Food Safety, Education, & Technical Services providing his technical dairy, environmental, food safety and regulatory expertise to the operation of the facility. Ronald has developed and implemented quality and food safety systems for dried dairy ingredients, fluid milk, and butter over the course of his career. Ronald currently serves as an official butter judge and board member to the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest. Ronald has served as a board member for the California Dairy Research Foundation, a council member for the National Conference for Interstate Milk Shippers, a member of the American Dairy Products Institute Technical Committee, and a member of the National Milk Producers Federation Regulatory and IMS Committee. He has a BS degree in Dairy Science from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo; a MS degree and Ph.D. in Dairy Products Technology from Louisiana State University. Ronald has two children, Eric and Jackie, who live and attend school in California. He enjoys running and biking along the Lake Michigan lakeshore in his spare time.
Shawn Storm is the Butter Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He has been with the company since December 2011, prior to the start of production in March 2012. He has a background in pharmaceutical where he gained 15+ years of experience before entering plant production. Shawn currently lives in Muskegon. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and lots of fishing.
Dustin Sarber is the Engineering Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He has been with the company since June 2011, prior to the start of production in March 2012. He’s been in the automation field for 14 years in the automotive and office furniture industries. Dustin has attended Grand Rapids Community College focusing on industrial automation as well as successfully completed many classes from Rockwell Automation. He is a lifelong native to the Grand Rapids area, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors.
Henry Owsiak is the Warehouse Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He has been with the company since January 2013. Continental Dairy has provided Henry with the opportunity to learn multiple areas within the company, allowing him to gain valuable experience in Logistics and Warehousing. He currently lives in Nunica with his family. In his spare time, Henry enjoys spending time with his family and doing anything outdoors.
Rich Clark is the Plant Manager at Continental Dairy Facilities, LLC. He has been with the company since January 2012, prior to the start of production in March 2012. He worked as a foreman for several years at a food plant prior to Continental. Also, owned and operated a mortgage company till 2009. In his spare time he enjoys bird hunting and fishing.
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