Who We Are

Masters Gallery Foods is a family-owned company operating a multi-acre campus, a leading national cheese supplier, maintaining one of the largest privately held cheese inventories in the country and offering a full line of retail and foodservice cheese products. Our state-of-the-art production facility boasts of numerous packaging lines to serve private label, retail and foodservice customers around the world. Our size, product quality and customer service are what makes us unique-and are what keeps our customers coming back again and again.

We believe that our people are the heart and soul of our company and living proof that a culture focused on building relationships and collaboration is the key to success. Founder Butch Gentine Jr., made a commitment to the community and established a culture of treating employees like family. Now more than 40 years and 600 employees later, Butch’s son, Jeff Gentine, builds on his father’s commitment as we continue to invest in people and care about what happens to them both inside and outside our walls.

The RIGHT PEOPLE delivering the RIGHT CHEESE is simply what Masters Gallery Foods is about.

Our Philosophy

Because the Right Cheese Matters and the Right People make all the Difference!

“Our #1 asset happens to be our employees.” - Butch Gentine Milwaukee Sentinel, 1991

We truly believe that the foundation of any good company is the people.  At Masters Gallery Foods, we are fortunate to have some of the very best people in the industry.  From our production associates to our customer service staff, we strive to exceed our customers' expectations everyday.

As our employee base has grown, along with our operations, we take pride in being able to continue to nurture the small family-owned business culture that we have become known for.   

Headquarters

328 County Road PP
Plymouth WI, 53073

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Awards

2016 Green Professional Award
2016 Deloitte Wisconsin 75
2016 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Nominee
2015 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year, Company Culture
2015 Plymouth Large Business of the Year
2015 Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award
2015 Deloitte Wisconsin 75
2014 Environmental Stewardship Award from The Wasmer Company
2014 Wisconsin 75 Distinguished Performer Community Award
2014 Deloitte Wisconsin 75
2014 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award, “Culture for Fun–Passion for Cheese”
2013 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Grand Award
2013 Plymouth Large Business of the Year
2013 Deloitte Wisconsin 75
Energy Efficiency Improvement Award from Plymouth Utilities
2012 Sheboygan County Manufacturer of the Year
2012 Deloitte Wisconsin 75
2011 Top 100 Workplace Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
2011 Deloitte Wisconsin 75
2010 Deloitte Wisconsin 75
2009 Plymouth Business of the Year, Manufacturing
2009 Deloitte Wisconsin 75

Fun

Masters Gallery offers parents the following to help make their lives a little easier:

  • Private space for nursing mothers
  • Openness for children to be at the office occasionally
  • Family-centered events and celebrations
    • Sheboygan County Fair Tickets for families
    • Spouses and children 14 and older can participate in wellness/fitness classes
    • Company sponsored walks/runs
    • Flu shot clinic for family members

The following are available to employees to prepare and enjoy their meals:

  • Kitchen with oven, microwaves and refrigerators
  • Lunchroom with Smart-n-Go MicroMarket, microwaves and refrigerator
  • Coffee bar
  • Occasional catered meals for employees

The following employee community building activities are available: 

  • Sports team sponsorship
  • Company sponsored social gatherings
  • Holiday parties and activities
  • Employee art competitions
  • Company blood drive
  • Hobby groups
  • Work anniversary recognition
  • Goal achievement celebrations
  • Shared special events/sports tickets
  • Toastmasters Meetings on-site
  • Coordinated Volunteer Events:
    • Earth Day Cleanup
    • Holiday "Salvation Army Bell Ringing"
    • Junior Achievement Instructor opportunities
    • Making Spirits Bright
    • Day of Caring
    • Sheboygan Falls Oktoberfest
    • Taste of Mill Street
    • Chowdown in Cheesetown
    • Habitat for Humanity Build
    • Project Grill
    • Numerous Walks/Runs

Masters Gallery employees have the opportunity to participate in the following at the workplaces:

  • Personal music choices (headphones, radio, CDs) for office employees 
  • Sirius rotating music schedule for plant employees
  • Access to personal social media
  • Walking / outdoor meetings
  • Company store with product discounts
  • Company coordinated discount program with partner companies
  • Company products available for consumption at work
  • Free parking
  • Business casual dress code with jeans on Friday
  • Summer hours on Fridays is available for eligible employees
  • Food days and/or competitions
  • Holiday activities: Potlucks, ugly Christmas sweater, Halloween costumes, etc.

Extreme Perks

Plans for eligible employees includes FREE access to The Center for Health and Wellness - A company funded health care facility

Masters Gallery Foods offers part-time or flextime employees, full-time health care benefits if they work 30 hours or more per week.

The following benefits are available to full-time employees at Masters Gallery Foods:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Short-term disability
  • Long-term disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Life insurance
  • Voluntary life insurance for employee's dependents
  • Business travel insurance
  • Voluntary critical illness and accident plans including $100 wellness benefits
  • RX Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Identity Theft and Travel Assistance coverage
  • WallyPark Airport Parking

Masters Gallery Foods offers a minimum of 15 days of paid time-off (including vacation days, personal days, holidays) annually for employees with more than one full year of service with the company.

Masters Gallery Foods offers salaried employees one week of salary continuation for personal or dependent illness. 

The following creative time off opportunities are available:

  • Flexible work hours
  • Job sharing
  • Paid time off to volunteer for company sponsored events
  • Unpaid time off to volunteer at charity of choice

The following incentives or incentive programs are available to employees: 

  • Annual Monetary Bonus Program available for all employees based on company performance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vacation Savings Club for discounted travel
  • Subsidized fitness club membership
  • Subsidized fitness or weight-loss coaching programs
  • Company product discounts for employees
  • Discounts for other services and products for employees
    • AAA Travel Assistance and Discount Program
    • DELL Computer Purchase Plan
    • Cellular Phone Discount Programs
    • YMCA Center Discount
  • Personal finance assistance coaching
  • Recognition of a new family addition (Baby gift too!)
  • Flu Shot Clinic
  • Company sponsored rec teams and social events

MGF Gives Back, Reward Your Purpose
The "Reward Your Purpose Program" supports employees’ interests and commitments as volunteers in the community. For each hour of volunteer service a Masters Gallery Food employee donates to the charity of their choice, Masters Gallery Foods will donate $20 per employee volunteer hour to that charity. Many Masters Gallery Foods employees volunteer their time and efforts outside of work to causes that are close to their hearts. That charity then benefits twice—once from the individual's contribution of time and talent and again from the cash MGF donation. Example: Masters Gallery Foods will donate $200 to the charity where an employee volunteers for 10 hours. Learn more - click here.

  

Corporate Responsibility

Masters Gallery Foods' Mission Statement

Passion:   To provide the very best in service and quality to the cheese marketplace.

Mission:  Masters Gallery Foods will be a premier provider of high quality cheese products and services which meet the expectations of our customers while incorporating the highest standards of service, quality and integrity in everything we do.

Vision:  To help our customers Master the cheese business.

Masters Gallery Foods is committed to the following:

  • Improvement of community social needs and practices
  • Triple bottom line (people, planet, profit)
  • Care and development of employees
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Human rights
  • Values, ethics, and integrity
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Green practices

Masters Gallery Foods works diligently to integrate social responsibility into all of our business operations to have a positive influence on our employees, customers, shareholders, local communities, government and our environment. We will lead by example and serve as a model for others in our community and industry. 

Masters Gallery Foods' commitment applies to all operations and locations.

Masters Gallery Foods measures their commitment to mission, vision and values in the following ways:

  • Quantifiable goals are documented
  • Goals are clearly described to employees
  • Activities that achieve goals are documented
  • Employees are trained on goals, activities and results measurement
  • Year-over-year results are measured and published
  • Third party validation is utilized to measure results
  • Board of Directors or other governing body reviews goals and results
  • Employee Performance Management program measures employee attention and performance related to goals and results
  • We encourage vendors to practice good food safety and ethical animal welfare rights (if applicable).

Masters Gallery Foods is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Masters Gallery Foods believes that the responsibility of the vision, mission, and ethics is part of every employee's role.

Masters Gallery Foods' products and services have a direct positive contribution to the company's commitment to socially responsible efforts:

  • Our products and services contribute to improving health
  • Masters Gallery Foods provides nutritionally beneficial dairy products and is a primary supplier of reduced fat cheeses to the USDA School Lunch Program
  • Masters Gallery Foods is very generous with the donation of dairy products to various charitable organizations throughout the year

Masters Gallery Foods fully complies with all Federal and State employment laws referenced in the following Masters Gallery Foods documents:

  • Plant and Corporate Office Employee Manual
  • Corporate Affirmative Action Plan
  • Anti-Harassment Policy
  • Religion and National Origin Anti-Discrimination Policy
  • Wages & Hours Policy

Masters Gallery Foods has a published process for employees to ask questions, give feedback or voice concerns without negative consequences.

Masters Gallery Foods has a published process or program for employees to offer suggestions or innovations.

  • Masters Gallery Foods has formal Kaizen events designed to improve and enhance business operations driving continuous improvement into all the areas of the business

Masters Gallery Foods is committed to giving back to the community.  Being a responsible corporate citizen is a key part of the culture of our organization. The company and employees donate time, taken and money to help address the local causes they care about most. Through our Corporate Charitable Giving Program Masters Gallery Foods donates a portion of our profits each year to build a stronger communities. It is organized around education, arts & culture, civic and community clubs, human and animas services, dairy and athletics:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Sheboygan County Humane Society
  • Junior Achievement
  • March of Dimes  
  • Toys for Tots
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Bookworm Gardens
  • Sheboygan County 4H
  • Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice
  • Lakeland University
  • Make-A-Wish
  • Rawhide Boys Ranch
  • Camp Anokijig
  • United Way of Sheboygan County
  • Plymouth Youth Theatre Group
  • Masters Gallery matches employee contributions to MGF Gives Back Charitable Campaign and Salvation Army Bell Ringing

       

  

MGF Gives Back, Reward Your Purpose
The "Reward Your Purpose Program" supports employees’ interests and commitments as volunteers in the community. For each hour of volunteer service a Masters Gallery Food employee donates to the charity of their choice, Masters Gallery Foods will donate $20 per employee volunteer hour to that charity. Many Masters Gallery Food employees volunteer their time and efforts outside of work to causes that are close to their hearts. That charity then benefits twice—once from the individual's contribution of time and talent and again from the cash MGF donation. Example: Masters Gallery Foods will donate $200 to the charity where an employee volunteers for 10 hours. Learn more - click here.

Masters Gallery Foods products and services have a written customer guarantee, customer warranty or protection policy.

Masters Gallery Foods monitors customer satisfaction in the following ways:

  • Current results are measured against previous results with the goal of improvement
  • Current results are shared with employees
  • Processes and operations are adjusted based on customer feedback
  • Masters Gallery measures vendor performance with monthly quality scorecards

Flextime

Masters Gallery Foods offers the following non-traditional work arrangements for their employees: 

  • Project only work assignments (defined beginning and end time/goals)
  • Seasonal work (summer, holiday)
  • Paid internships
  • Youth Apprenticeships available to High School Junior & Seniors
  • Job Shares, Summer Hours
  • Year round Flextime for personal & family commitments (Available for office employees. Plant employees on a case by case basis)
  • Summer Flextime includes (office employees):
    • Summer hours between Memorial Day week and the end of September of each calendar year.
    • Employees are able to work their 40 hour work week between Monday at 7:30 a.m. - Friday at 1:00 p.m.
    • Flexibility to take the "early day off" on an alternate day during the week.

The following scheduling options are available to hourly office employees:

  • Job share (two-part time employees share one full-time position)
  • Change from full-time to part-time while remaining in the same position

The following scheduling options are available on a case by case basis to hourly employees:

  • Work a guaranteed minimum number of hours per week
  • Office, hourly employees have flexibility to take break, lunch and flex their schedule based on departmental staffing requirements

Hourly employees know that they will need to work overtime 2-3 days in advance.

  • Posted on Tuesdays of each week for weekend overtime

The following scheduling options are available on a case by case basis to salaried employees:

  • Allow salaried employees to work a part-time schedule
  • Work from home occasionally
  • Work from an alternate location to accommodate a family need

The following technologies are offered to eligible employees to facilitate flexibility in the workplace:

  • Company-provided smartphones
  • Company-subsidized smartphone usage
  • Remote access to organizational computer system
  • Company-provided laptops/tablet computers
  • Remote access to onsite meetings via GoTo Meeting technology
  • Conference calls

Masters Gallery Foods offers the following paid time-off (PTO) options for employees:

  • Paid bereavement for immediate family members
  • Unlimited unpaid time off for the passing of a loved one/close family friend
  • Extended unpaid leave for travel to visit family in foreign countries
  • Extended career breaks for care giving or other family responsibilities
  • Time off during the workday to attend to important family or personal needs
  • Return to work gradually after childbirth or adoption

        

Green DNA

Masters Gallery Foods showcases their commitment to the environment in the following ways:

  • Formal Green Mission Statement referencing company commitment to environmental stewardship
  • Recent audit or review within the last 24 months of company's environmental impact
  • Formal Green Team dedicated to achieving these goals
  • Ongoing review of how the goals are achieved
  • Quarterly meetings with all employees providing up-to-date green metrics

Masters Gallery Foods measures its commitments and achievements related to its Green Policy in the following ways:

  • Quantifiable goals are documented
  • Goals are described to employees
  • Activities that achieve goals are documented
  • Year-over-year results are measured and published
  • Board of Directors or other governing body reviews goals and results
  • Screening processes that review material and product purchasing decisions based on the suppliers' commitment to socially responsible efforts
  • Company communication board highlighting Green initiatives, goals and achievements

Energy conservation is part of Masters Gallery Foods' Environmental Policy Statement.

Masters Gallery Foods tracks the following and discloses the results to leadership:

  • Amount of energy consumed
  • Amount of energy conserved
  • Total investment in energy conservation programs
  • Total savings or profits achieved from energy conservation programs
  • In depth annual monitoring and tracking completed by Facility Management Team
  • Certified as a Green Master Company by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

Waste reduction is part of Masters Gallery Foods' Environmental Policy Statement.

Masters Gallery Foods tracks the following and discloses the results to leadership:

  • Amount of water consumed
  • Total investment in water conservation programs - not disclosed
  • Currently working with Water Conservation Consultant on investigating more aggressive water conservation programs

Masters Gallery Foods invests in the following Water conservation methods:

  • Low-flow toilets/urinals
  • Motion-sensored faucets

Electric power conservation is part of Masters Gallery Foods' Environmental Policy Statement.

Masters Gallery Foods tracks the following and discloses the results to leadership:

  • Investments in electric power conservation programs
  • Savings or profits achieved from electric power conservation programs

The following energy conservation / efficiency measures are used at Masters Gallery Foods facilities:

  • Energy Star Appliances
  • Sleep Modes
  • After Hours Timers
  • Lighting: Natural Light
  • CF Bulbs
  • Occupancy Sensors
  • Daylight Dimmers
  • Task Lighting
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Shade Sun-Exposed Walls
  • Double-Paned Windows
  • Computers have automatic sleep mode settings to reduce energy usage.

Recycling is part of Masters Gallery Foods' Environmental Policy Statement and there are goals for both office and production facilities. 

Masters Gallery Foods tracks the following and discloses the results to leadership:

  • Recycled Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Metal, film, packaging and production materials
  • Culligan filtered water stations available at all locations
  • Limited use of bottled water

Masters Gallery Foods belongs to the following associations that promote environmentally sustainable practices:

  • Co-Founder of the Sheboygan County Recycle Group which includes 15 local companies with a strong Green DNA commitment

Masters Gallery Foods regularly works with suppliers, business partners, and customers to monitor and positively affect the environment.

Masters Gallery Foods participates in an annual environmental survey

Masters Gallery Foods sponsors an Earth Day Cleanup, recycled shoe drive, shredding day, recycled holiday light drive and free electronic recycling pickup.

   

Inclusion

Masters Gallery Foods is commitment to the following:

  • Commitment to improve community social needs and practices
  • Care and development of employees
  • Human rights
  • Values, ethics, and integrity
  • Inclusion and diversity

Masters Gallery Foods' mission or other documented statements apply to all business operations and locations.

Masters Gallery Foods measures its achievement toward reaching the non-discrimination and inclusion goals within its mission statement in the following ways:

  • Quantifiable goals are documented
  • Year-over-year results are measured
  • Third party validation is utilized to measure results
  • Board of Directors or other governing body reviews goals and results
  • Screening processes that review material and product purchasing decisions based on suppliers commitment to socially responsible efforts
  • Affirmative Action Employer, Equal Employment Opportunity, Full Affirmative Action Plan and documented metrics

Masters Gallery Foods' Equal Employment Opportunity Policy includes specific recruiting strategies for the following groups:

  • Women
  • Minorities
  • Those over the age of 40
  • Military/Veterans
  • Those with disabilities

Masters Gallery Foods has written guidelines documenting supportive policies and practices on issues pertinent to the groups above.

Masters Gallery Foods philanthropically supports groups or charities related to:

  • Women
  • Minorities
  • Military/Veterans
  • Those with disabilities

Masters Gallery Foods offers health, dental, vision, COBRA, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and Employee Paid Supplemental Life Insurance to:

  • Single employees
  • Family + dependents
  • Same sex spouse

At Masters Gallery Foods, all employees regardless of gender, receive equal medically necessary coverage and care.

Masters Gallery Foods offers English language or general literacy programs to employees that would benefit from this training.

  • Work Development/Career Improvement Benefit of $1,000/year available under Educational Reimbursement Program

Masters Gallery Foods has a clearly defined human rights policy regarding the protection of the following:

  • Minority Groups
  • Women's rights
  • Workers' rights
  • Forced labor
  • Prison labor
  • Indentured labor
  • Child labor
  • Protection of indigenous peoples
  • There is a Social Responsibility Statement that covers company's position on human rights
  • Formal Religion and National Origin Anti-Discrimination Policy

Masters Gallery Foods has tolerance for non-traditional appearances (ex: tattoos, piercings, etc.)

  • Open and accepting of employees with non-traditional appearances - including long hair on men, tattoos and brightly colored hair
  • Due to food safety requirements, no jewelry in production facilities

    

Career Development

Masters Gallery Foods' budget and financial statements include a line item for employee training and development.

  • Masters Gallery Foods offers a formal training program for cheese know-how called Cheese University

Masters Gallery Foods believes in training and development and it is aligned with the company goals.

  • The more employees learn about what we do and what we make assures a better finished product to our customers

Masters Gallery Foods' training and development program applies to the following employees:

  • Hourly
  • Salaried
  • Supervisory or Management
  • Executive

At Masters Gallery Foods, managers' performance is based in part on their ability to develop their employees.

Each year Masters Gallery Foods plans for 0-5 training hours for each employee - however, depending on your position with the company, the number of hours may vary.

The following training and development programs are offered to all employees:

  • Discretionary training dollars that employees can spend how they choose
  • Tuition Reimbursement for degree granting education programs
  • Tuition Reimbursement for non-degree granting education programs
  • One-to-one coaching and performance evaluations
  • The opportunity to cross train in skills others than those in their current job responsibilities
  • Training to enhance their promotability 
  • Training to enhance their current job skills
  • Safety
  • Waste Reduction
  • Quality Methodologies (GMP's, SixSigma, HACCP etc.)
  • Formal Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Paid College internships
  • First Aid, CPR, and AED training
  • Mentoring Programs

The following training and development programs and amenities are available to office employees :

  • On-line Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Employees are able to use work hours to participate in professional organization or trade association meetings, committees and events
  • Developmental opportunities with project assignments
  • Skills training: Communication, problem solving, customer service, writing, and time management
  • Diversity/Inclusion
  • Sales/business development and negotiation skills
  • Accounting/Finance for non-financial professionals
  • One to One Coaching and Progress Updates 
  • Employee Performance Coaching
  • Technical skills training
  • Office Skills (Microsoft Office, Excel)

The following training and development programs are offered to Salaried, Supervisory/Management, and Executive employee groups:

  • Participation in professional or trade organizations that is paid in full by the company
  • Career Path planning for employees
  • Supervisory training for first time managers
  • Management and leadership training for current supervisors and managers

Dale Carnegie Leadership Training is offered to Supervisors, Leads, Plant Managers and Line Operators


   

 

 

 

Masters Gallery Foods, Incorporated

Number of Employees
351-700
 Locations: 3 - Corporate, Plant, County Road U
Location Types
Suburban (office park/campus)
Business Founded
1974
Industry
Food and Beverage