Large signs touting “Toft’s ‘One Quality’” and “Ohio’s Oldest Dairy” greet visitors to Toft Dairy’s 74,500-square-foot dairy plant/headquarters facility in Sandusky, Ohio. Those two messages amply describe the family-owned company’s heritage. After all, Toft Dairy, guided by five generations of the Toft and Meisler families, has been producing consistently high-quality dairy products for 119 years (see Processor Profile, page 44). And ice cream is a big part of that quality product mix, with the frozen treat accounting for almost half of the plant’s production.
Like the company’s overall operations, plant operations are a family affair. Assistant Vice President Josh Meisler, a fifth-generation family member, is the ice cream production manager. And fourth-generation family member Denny Meisler is the plant manager and a company vice president.