Our Story

A Family Tradition for 100 Years

Our Story

A Family Tradition for 100 Years

Lamers Dairy is an award-winning, family owned and operated dairy located in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Since 1913, five generations of the Lamers family have taken pride in providing the highest quality dairy products to families in Wisconsin and beyond.

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Our Story:

1913: Jacob Lamers, Sr. (and wife Petronella “Nellie”) started Lamers Dairy in 1913 in the village of Kimberly, Wisconsin (just three years after Kimberly was incorporated as a village) and it continues to be family owned and operated to this day. Raw milk was distributed to the villagers in preserve cans which were delivered to customers by members of the family on their way to school in the morning.

1914: The following year, the Lamers family began using a horse and buggy as the milk cart.

1919: The first truck was purchased.

1930: Richard C. Lamers and his wife, Emma, purchased the business from his father and moved the dairy to John Street in Kimberly where it remained for six decades.

1931: The first milk bottles imprinted with the Lamers name were introduced in 1931.

1932: The first mechanical refrigeration in the village was installed in 1932. Hand-operated milk bottling gave way to automatic equipment and just a year later, the Lamers family installed equipment to pasteurize milk.

1941: Lamers Dairy introduced homogenized milk to the village and also doubled the size of their facility.

1950: The building was expanded again and a laboratory was installed for quality testing of all dairy products. It was at this time that Rich and Emma’s son, Richard, Jr., joined his father in the business.

1996: Richard Lamers, Jr., retired and Mark Lamers became President of Lamers Dairy. Mark, along with some of his siblings, took ownership of Lamers Dairy.

1998: Lamers Dairy moved to its current location on Speel School Road in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Today: THREE of the Lamers children are actively involved in the business. Two of the next generation work full-time for Lamers Dairy along with several others who periodically work part-time.