Marchant Schmidt, Inc. (MSI), based in Fond du Lac, WI, has purchased a factory in the Industrial Park on South Townline Rd. and plans to begin manufacturing in September 2022. MSI owner Richard Schmidt and his wife Dee Ann, along with their four children, bought a house in Big Silver Lake five years ago. Schmidt says he absolutely loves the Waushara County area and that prompted him to invest in a manufacturing facility here.

This will become Marchant Schmidt’s second satellite factory: European branch in Bromsgrove, England, and now Wautoma. MSI employs more than 200 team members at the three sites. “Our success comes from having a team of very dedicated people who are focused on meeting our customers’ needs,” says Schmidt.

Marchant Schmidt, Inc. is a family business with over 59 years of experience. What started as a local blacksmith shop is now known worldwide as a leader in hygienic conversion and automation equipment for the food industry. This includes the construction of complete cheese processing lines consisting of production and packaging equipment.

Quality and efficiency are top of mind as they meet the rigorous hygiene and automation requirements of their customers. “Wisconsin is the number one producer of cheese [in the country] and Marchant Schmidt manufactures some of the finest cheese cutting and shredding automation equipment, domestic and international,” said David Foley, COO of MSI.

Foley said he helped acquire the Wautoma site and believes it will help their team grow and increase production capacity by tapping into another workforce. Becky Olejniczak, of human resources, said she was looking to hire welders/machine builders, metal finishers and CNC machinists. “Making stainless steel is an art form that requires attention to detail,” she said. “At Wautoma, a variety of products will be manufactured, including our standard conversion equipment and components.”

The hiring of Marchant Schmidt is underway for the Wautoma plant. Jason Jakubowski, Redgranite, was recently hired as plant supervisor at Wautoma. Foley said once the first 20 to 25 employees are hired, there will be on-site training in August. Their goal is to launch production by mid-September. As the past two years have been their biggest years, Marchant Schmidt has focused on long-term growth plans that include new opportunities for its customers.

For more information on Marchant Schmidt’s manufacturing and employment opportunities, visit their website:

The Marchant Schmidt Story: The company was started by Richard’s father, Lyle C. Schmidt, and his partner Harold Marchant in 1963. The company’s original goal was to help local farmers and businesses of the region in fabrication, welding and repair. Since then, the company has become a world leader in providing complete hygienic automation solutions for the food industry…


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