The village of Gilman may be small, but Gilman plays a big role in the National cheese industry. The Gilman Cheese Factory made its mark in the national cheese scene by specializing in premium quality, shelf-stable, processed cheese for the gift pack, retail, and airline industry. The facility is over 50,000 square feet, employs over 140 employees and produces over 120,000 lbs of cheese every day! Candice stated that the dairy industry is so important and vital to Wisconsin, because so many of the Wisconsin families have “poured their heart and soul into the dairy industry”.
Much of the success of the Gilman Cheese can be attributed to Tom Hand and a string of highly fortunate events. Tom Started working for the company in 1994 and purchased the company in 2000. In 2019, Tom Hand sold the company and retired. As a way of saying thanks for the great community support that he and his company had received over the years, Tom donated a large landscaping project to the village of Gilman. The centerpiece of this project was a beautiful gazebo that Tom purchased from Northwood Outdoor.