The first Empire Cheese Factory was built in the late 1870s on the farm of John Haig, the first cheese maker. The second cheese factory was built just to the east of the present factory. In the fall of 1952, the Kimberley Cheese Factory burned and, in 1953, Empire and Kimberley amalgamated to form the current Empire Cheese & Butter Co-op. That same year, the current cheese factory was built. The current cheese maker is Mark Erwin. Today, the Empire Cheese & Butter Co-op is the only cheese manufacturing plant operating in Northumberland County and the first one east of Toronto! We are now HACCP registered, the top of the heap in food quality standards, and owned by local dairy farmers.
GPS Coordinates: 44.268590000, -77.765195000