The dairy plant in Battle Ground goes back to a group of farmers who needed a
place to market their milk.
They decided to form a Cooperative Association and
work together to build a facility to make cheese.
This group was known as Clark County Dairymen Association.
They later changed their name to Ag-Co.
The cheese plant was built and operated. All milk came to the dairy
in ten gallon cans. It was then made into cheddar cheese. As the years went
by it became more difficult to make cheese efficiently in smaller plants.
Improved transportation and cooling methods allowed the milk to be
transported to larger plants, where it could be processed in larger volumes,
and more efficiently. It was about this time that the Cooperative decided
to sell their plant.
In August of 1966, Ronald Andersen and his brother, Gordon, decided
to start a milk production venture. In order to find a market, they decided to
process and distribute their own milk. They started processing at
4501 NE Fourth Plain in Vancouver, but soon outgrew the
facilities. Ron decided to stay with the milk plant and Gordon
continued to produce milk on the farm. In August 1967, Ron purchased the
Clark County Dairymen's plant and equipment in Battle Ground. He acquired three
stores in Vancouver and started one inside the Andersen Dairy
Plant. He started packaging in glass bottles, later converting
to paper containers.
Ron started his first plastic blow-molding in 1980. Today, he has three blow-
molding locations in the Battle Ground & Brush Prairie, WA area.
At our Battle Ground Dairy facility, fresh milk is delivered daily & processed
into pasteurized and homogenized milk varieties. After processing, it is bottled into
our half gallon and gallon plastic milk bottles, labeled, and then shipped to our many retail locations.
Andersen Dairy, Inc. has served WinCo Foods for 25 plus years. To date, we are serving 31 locations in Oregon and Washington. We are dedicated to our customers to continue delivering quality products at a competitive price. We value the community in which our history resides and strive to be a part of it in positive ways as we
continue to grow.