Board of directors appoints interim leadership
NEW ULM, Minn. (Dec. 4, 2014) — Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) announced today its president and CEO, Ed Welch, resigned for personal reasons. Welch, who has been with the dairy marketing cooperative for 31 years, became CEO in 2008.
“We are grateful to Ed for his years of service to AMPI and wish him the best,” said Steve Schlangen, chairman of the AMPI Board of Directors and a dairy farmer from Albany, Minn. “In the interim, the board has appointed executive senior vice presidents Donn DeVelder and Sheryl Meshke to share the duties of CEO.”
AMPI is headquartered in New Ulm, Minn., and owned by 2,600 Midwest dairy farm families from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. AMPI members annually market about 5.8 billion pounds of milk, resulting in $2 billion in sales for the cooperative. AMPI owns 10 manufacturing plants and markets cheese, butter and powdered dairy products, serving foodservice, retail and food ingredient customers.