Superior Dairy, which will be acquired by MMPA, is best known for producing products, including fluid milk, at its Canton, Ohio, facility.

Superior Dairy, which will be acquired by MMPA, is best known for producing products, including fluid milk, at its Canton, Ohio, facility.

Photo provided by the Michigan Milk Producers Association


Novi-based dairy farmers association acquires Ohio company

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published December 22, 2021

Photo provided by the Michigan Milk Producers Association

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NOVI — Novi-based Michigan Milk Producers Association has acquired a new dairy farm.

In a press release dated Dec. 6, the MMPA announced that it is acquiring Superior Dairy in Canton, Ohio. Superior Dairy is a subsidiary of LEL Operating Co.

“MMPA’s relationship with Superior Dairy has accelerated over the last six years, and we have mutually benefited from our partnership,” Joe Diglio, president and CEO of the MMPA, said in a press release. “Bringing Superior Dairy into the MMPA family will enable us to better tap into their wealth of product development experience to bring value-added processing capacity for our dairy farmer members.”

Under the terms of the acquisition, all of LEL Operating Co.’s subsidiaries — including Superior Dairy Inc., Creative Edge Design Group Ltd. and LEL Logistics Inc. — will become wholly owned subsidiaries of the MMPA.

The new organization will launch a multi-state dairy manufacturing and innovation campus with four facilities in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, the press release states. It will employ a team of more than 625 people and service dairy farmers across the Great Lakes region.

In addition, the acquisition will bring innovation, product diversity and efficiencies to the marketplace, the press release states.

“Our partnership with MMPA and their members’ exceptional quality milk has been an integral part of our growth,” Greg Soehnlen, president and CEO of Superior Dairy Inc. and LEL Operating Co., said in the press release. “By taking advantage of our combined manufacturing assets, we will continue our trajectory and the opportunities that this collaboration enables.”

Doug Chapin, MMPA board chairman and dairy farmer, said the acquisition demonstrates how MMPA dairy farmer member-owners are committed to investing in innovation and technology for their future.

“This move ensures there is a reliable outlet for our farmers’ milk while securing their future within the dairy community,” he said.

Contact Brian Wells at (586) 498-1081, (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

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