Sara Rissi

last updated 7/9/2018

Sara M. Rissi

Marketing Manager at Open Gates Group

5195 Farmers Ave, Kalona, Iowa, United States
HQ Phone:
(319) 646-2927

General Information


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Recent News  

Open Gates to Participate in Live Healthy Iowa Wellness Challenge

"The Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge is a great wellness initiative to bring to the workplace, and we look forward to participating in the 17th annual challenge this year," says Sara Rissi, Marketing Manager, Open Gates Group.

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Welcome to Cheese Market News

"The previous operations ran into a significant amount of EPA and DNR challenges," says Sara Rissi, marketing manager, Open Gates Group.
"Our goal is to shift to specialty, small scale operations in order to comply with local and federal requirements. Also, the facility was quite dated, and we are spending significant dollars to bring it up to modern food quality standards." Kalona Creamery expects to begin making its own cheese curds at the facility by the end of 2018. It also plans to hire approximately 10 employees over the next few years, Rissi says.

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Little Village Magazine Features Kalona Creamery Shop & Deli Opening - Kalona Creamery

"We're trying to maintain as much of the original building as we can," said Sara Rissi, the marketing manager for the Open Gates Group, a group of eight Kalona companies which includes the new creamery.
For example, the "Kalona Cheese" sign on the outside of the building, which previous patrons and drivers-by may recognize, will remain in place, she said. Much of the wood from the building has been reused and the shop will feature the original exposed brick. However, visitors will notice some improvements including a larger lobby area where people can gather for tours and larger windows in the store and lobby areas so that people can observe production in the creamery itself. "We're excited to finish this phase of the process and we're so excited to be able to finally open it up," Rissi said.

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