Cedar Crest Ice Cream

Since 1976, Cedar Crest has been a Wisconsin Favorite! Cedar Crest Specialties, Inc. is owned by brothers Ken, Robert, Bill and Tim Kohlwey. They started the ice cream business in 1976 after acquiring the Oak Brand Ice Cream Company distribution depot in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The business started with two trucks and ice cream purchased from the Oak Brand Ice Cream plant in Freeport, Illinois. Ice Cream was delivered from the plant to the depot on a weekly basis and delivered in and around Milwaukee. Several months later, Cedar Crest purchased a small family run ice cream company called Smith Ice Cream located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They moved their operation to Oshkosh and started manufacturing ice cream, sherbet, ice cream sandwiches and single serve cups to food service and to retail customers. The company began to grow and the home office relocated to Cedarburg, Wisconsin in 1980.