Alpine of Monroe files for bankruptcy reorganization

2012-10-02T17:40:00Z 2012-10-02T17:42:13Z Alpine of Monroe files for bankruptcy reorganizationJUDY NEWMAN | Wisconsin State Journal | jnewman@madison.com | 608-252-6156 madison.com

Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Co., Monroe, said Tuesday it has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization with the U.S. District Court in Madison.

The locally owned, private-label cheese packaging company, established in 2005, will continue operating, and all of its 90 employees will keep their jobs during the bankruptcy proceeding, corporate secretary Shirley Knox said in a news release.

She said the company is "strong" and vendor payments are up to date, but Alpine is concerned about claims from retail business customers related to a cheese recall in late 2011 after laboratory tests found the presence of Listeria bacteria.

"Pending claims related to the recall are such that reorganization is the best alternative for securing a strong future for our company," Knox said.

No illnesses were believed reported in connection with the recall, a spokesman for the company said.

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