In Memory of Hans Lehner
Hans had worked making cheese in Mt.Horeb and Switzerland during and after high school. He and his father started at Valley View Cheese Co-op in 1979. Hans and his father worked as partners for 15 years and then Hans and his Wife Denise purchased Forgotten Valley from his father Billi. Forgotten Valley Cheese get its milk from 16 local farmers and Hans is quick to praise the great milk supply that makes his award winning cheeses possible. Hans and the plant have won numerous World Championships and U.S.A Championships. It is with much regret that we announce Hans passed away on Oct. 15, 2014. His legacy is carried on by his son, Hans, wife, Denise, and daughter, Gabriela.
Hansi Lehner Jr.
Hansi Lehner Jr. is Hans and Denise's son and has worked for them while in school. Hansi started full time in 2007 after he graduated. In the summer of 2010 he received his cheesemakers license. Hansi is our head cheesemaker and our startup man.
Tom Boyle has worked at Forgotten Valley since 2004. Tom is the packaging room supervisor. He does a great job organizing and putting orders together.
Denise is Hans's Wife and has been working with the factory since she and Hans purchased it.
Matt Linares has worked for Forgotten Valley since 2008. Matt works on the makeroom floor working with cheese production and makeroom finish.