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09 April 2013

Goodbye Alfred!

Posted in Our People

Alfred Mathys retires from Rumiano Cheese after 30 years

Goodbye Alfred!

It's sad to see Alfred leave after 30 years of cheese-making for Rumiano Cheese. Joby Rumiano -- fourth generation cheese maker -- has written a letter showing what an important asset Alfred Mathys was to the Rumiano Family:

"Rumiano Cheese Company has had its share of great cheese makers throughout its 92-year history. Early in the 1920's John, Fred, and Richard Rumiano began making cheese, then came Raymond and George Rumiano who carried on the tradition, followed by Raymond's sons, John and Baird Rumiano, who hired the present-day master cheese maker Alfred Mathys. Alfred's knowledge of microbiology and bacteriology, along with his expertise in the art of cheese making, has allowed Rumiano Cheese Company to become one of the finest cheese manufacturers in the world.

01 November 2012

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our People

Meet Holly Meyers

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

We've got our newest interview with Holly Meyers from the Willows cheese plant! She might not have mentioned it in the interview, but she has also designed many of the Rumiano Cheese labels! There's an example of her work on the left.

27 September 2012

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our People

Meet Dyanne Lombard

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

Continuing with one of our favorite segments, we've got another Rumiano Family Spotlight for ya'll! Dyanne Lombard is a devoted hard working Rumiano Cheese Co. veteran that's got a lot to share. Enjoy!

Rumiano Cheese Blog: Do you have kids? Are you married? Where are you from originally?

Dyanne Lombard: I have two children. Jessica is 26 years old and Tyler is 24. I have been married for 28 years and was born and raised in Willows, CA.

RCB: How long have you been working at Rumiano Cheese Co.?

DL: I started at Rumiano Cheese Co. in high school, making holiday gift packs. After leaving for a few years I came back to work at Rumiano's in 1993. I left to have children and returned back in 2000 and have been here ever since.

RCB: What aspect of your job do you like the best?

DL: I really love attending food shows. It's an opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people while telling them all about our cheeses and company.

06 September 2012

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our People

Meet Bill Rinehart

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

Our Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight is back! This month we have Bill Rinehart. Former truck driver turned office team member; take a look at the interview below to find out about his part of Rumiano Cheese Co.! 

Rumiano Cheese Blog: What is your job title and what do you do at Rumiano Cheese Co.?

Bill Rinehart: Cheese buyer, transportation and logistics, work with Tony Granico coordinating transportation and warehouse needs.

RCB: Do you have kids? Are you married? Where are you from originally?

BR: We have 2 boys--Josh, who is married to Kelly, their son Carter and Jake Rinehart. Married 35 years to my wife Shari. Born and raised in Willows. (SIC)

RCB: How long have you been working at Rumiano Cheese Co.?

BR: Since 1991 (21 years)

RCB: And how did you end up working at the cheese factory?

BR: Bud Stillwell drove truck to the Bay Area and Crescent City for Rumiano Cheese. I was driving truck, hauling logs. I was visiting with Bud and he said he was going to retire, and thought working for Rumiano Cheese would be a good fit for me. And he was right. I started driving truck to the Bay Area and Crescent City. After a few years, I started buying some of the cheese. Then in 2000, I came to work in the office and quit driving truck.

RCB: What aspect of your job do you like the best?

BR: The people I work with, and I enjoy the challenges. I could do without the cheese market drops!!! (SIC)

RCB: what have you found that brings you the most R&R on your days off?

BR: I enjoy being outdoors, hunting, fishing and playing some bluegrass on the guitar.

01 August 2012

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our People

Meet Alfred Mathys

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

Keeping with our newfound tradition, the Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight is here! This month, Alfred Mathys is in the hotseat. He is a veteran at the Rumiano Cheese factory in Crescent City, CA, and is a part of one of the most important aspects of the company, cheese making! Originally from Switzerland, Alfred has been an important part of the team for almost 30 years; take an inside look with our latest interview:

Rumiano Cheese Blog: What is your job title and what do you do at Rumiano Cheese Co.?

Alfred Mathys: Cheesemaker, makes cheese.

RCB: Do you have kids? Are you married? Where are you from originally?

AM: No. Yes. Emmental, Switzerland (The Valley of the Big Cheese)

RCB: How did you end up working at the cheese factory?

AM: Because I'm a Cheesemaker and started making cheese in 1964.

RCB: How long have you been working at Rumiano Cheese Co.?

AM: 29 years

RCB: What brought you to Crescent City?

AM: Climate (God's Country)

RCB: Working 6 days a week doesn't leave much time for relaxing, what have you found that brings you the most R&R on your days off?

AM: Reading, Gardening, and going on a sea cruise once or twice a year.

RCB: What is your fondest memory of working at the cheese factory?

AM: To see Rumiano Cheese do very good in National and International cheese competitions.

RCB:What's your favorite cheese and why?

AM: Appenzeller for its taste and texture.

Without a cheese maker, what is a cheese company? Nothing! We are very thankful to have a great mind like Alfred's as a part of the Rumiano team.

20 June 2012

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Our People

Meet Enrique Leal

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

It's that time again! This week, the spotlight is on another employee that has been with Rumiano Cheese for over 20 years. Our focus is on Crescent City's Enrique Leal and his 23 year career with the Rumiano Cheese Company Family.

Rumiano Cheese Blog: What is your job title and what do you do at Rumiano Cheese Co.?

Enrique Leal: I am the Production Manager, and besides planning, supervising shipping our daily production, I also need to be checking and maintaining a very close eye on all my ingredient supply inventory of all that we need, to be able to keep making our excellent product!

RCB: Do you have kids? Are you married? Where are you from originally?

EL: I am married to my lovely wife Connie for 27 years, we have 3 wonderful kids, Montzerrat, Enrique Alonzo and Marcela. I'm originally from Santa Anita, Jalisco Mexico.

RCB: How long have you been working at Rumiano Cheese Co.?

EL: I have been working at Rumiano Cheese Co. for 23 years. Who brought me to Crescent City was my wife, (sic) after we were thinking and talking for a long time the options for me to find a job in USA -- since her family was living in Crescent City for a long time -- I thought, ok let's give it a try and after the long journey of moving to a different country for me was kind of hard at the beginning but I survived it.

RCB: What brought you to Crescent City? And how did you end up working at the cheese factory?

EL: After 3 long months of looking for a job and doing odd jobs; like helping paint and remodel a house or do some yard work, [even] working at a fishery (smelly), and checking my job application at the cheese plant. Finally my effort to try to find a steady job was here [and] one of the guys (Ernesto) who worked at the plant called my house one night and told me "If you want to work at the cheese plant you better be there at 4:00 AM." And guess what? I'm still here!!

08 June 2012

Meet Margaret Bagdons

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Company News, Our People

Rumiano Cheese Family Spotlight

Meet Margaret Bagdons

As many of the readers know, the Rumiano Cheese Blog has been steadily growing over the past few months. We thank you all for taking interest in what our blog has to say, and urge you to keep reading and share with friends! Today is the mark of the newest feature on the Rumiano Cheese Blog; Employee Appreciation and profiles. Rumiano Cheese Co. is a family owned company, and family doesn't only apply to those with the Rumiano name. Hundreds of employees work hard every day to produce a quality product everyone can be proud in. There are those who have been with the family for over 20 years, and those who have only been involved for five months, but the amount of appreciation is existent throughout the company.

In today's feature, Retail Account Specialist Margaret Bagdons was interviewed. After working with the family for over 24 years, she has become irreplaceable. If you have concerns about cheese arriving to a customer on time, talk to Margaret; if you need cheese for a trade-show, talk to Margaret. Or maybe you could use some gift baskets during the holidays, talk to Margaret! Margaret is a key player for the Rumiano team and has earned MUCH appreciation.

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