Company History

It all started with a guy named John.

John Leeman was born the son of a successful architect in Zurich, Switzerland. John immigrated to America in 1929 and settled in the "Little Switzerland" area of Ohio. John eventually became manager of the Stark County Milk Producers Brewster plant in 1933. In 1965 – more than 30 years later – the Brewster plant was put up for sale. John already owned much of the equipment used to run the dairy, so he and his son, Fritz, purchased the business. And so the Brewster Cheese Company was born.

A second production plant was added in Stockton, Illinois in 1998, and a third in 2007 in Rupert, Idaho, making Brewster Cheese the largest producer of Swiss cheese in the United States.

Today more than 400 dairy farms provide milk to our production plants in Ohio and Illinois.