DCEDC Hands out Industry & Entrepreneur Awards

Industry Award Goes to Renard’s Cheese
This year marks the 40th consecutive year that the “industry of the year” award has been handed out & the 2013 recipient has had a presence in Door County for a decade more than that. Renard’s Cheese store & deli was presented the award by the Door County Economic Development Corporation at its annual investors meeting in Sturgeon Bay Tuesday. Renard’s Cheese is a family owned & operated business that is now on its third generation of cheesemakers. Renard’s reputation of high standards & its track record of producing award-winning products has kept people in the area coming back for more & introduced the product line to many new fans every year. Today, Ann & Chris Renard have expanded their product offerings, increased national distribution, added new sales routes throughout the state, &, a new facility with its retail store & restaurant. Renard’s Cheese store & deli has been averaging 40% growth over the past couple of years which has allowed for many new & exciting additions to the company. In 2010, Renard’s Cheese had six employees. Now the number is closer to 29, with 10 employees hired in the fall to man the new store at 2189 County DK, in the Town of Gardner. The first Door County industry of the year award was handed out by the Door County Chamber of Commerce in 1973.

Entrepreneur Award Goes to Wienke’s
The Wienke family, owners of Wienke’s Market, on County Trunk S, between Sturgeon Bay & Algoma, has been honored as winners of the 10th annual Door County “entrepreneur of the year” award. The announcement came Tuesday during the annual investors meeting of the Door County Economic Development Corporation at the Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. The family owned business has been a fixture in southern Door County for more than 35 years. The market began with the sale of surplus items from a family garden at a roadside stand & grew to include a fully insulated barn. The company produces over 100 canned food items on site, including pickles, pie filling & over 50 jam varieties. Wienke’s has over 200 wholesale accounts in half a dozen states, including Nevada & Alaska. The company has seen double-digit growth over the past three years & the hope is that it will continue to grow as new customers are found beyond the upper mid-west. Wienke’s market employs 20 to 25 people year-round on a full or part-time basis & adds five to ten workers seasonally.

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