The Early Years
In the 1930’s as America and the rest of the world were crawling out of the worst recession in history, Arden F. Reisenbigler was putting together his future in milk proteins.

In June 1938, with the purchase of a casein manufacturing plant he named The Erie Casein Dryers,
Mr. Reisenbigler launched a company and a career which decades later would have an outreach
around the world.

In the early years, ERIE domestically manufactured casein in Erie, Illinois and supplied caseins best suited for industrial applications– adhesives, buttons, combs, billiard balls and the like where casein
was used as a raw material. Casein also found niches in paints, textiles, rubber, whitewashes and
paper coatings.

The domestic manufacture of casein was abruptly halted in the late 1940’s when the U.S.
government established the dairy support program. ERIE’s manufacturing efforts then shifted
to Australia, where a joint processing venture was initiated with a plant which later became part
of MurrayGoulburn Cooperative Co. Ltd., a relationship which continues today.

Casein’s status was markedly elevated in the 1950’s with USDA standards for edible caseins.
This higher profile made casein a major player in ingredients for the rapidly developing market in
processed foods. Given the name ECCO Brand, ERIE’s caseins contributed many functional
properties which improved formulations for bakery, cheese, dairy products and comminuted meats.

ERIE’s caseins contributed many functional properties which improved formulations for bakery,
cheese, dairy products and comminuted meats. ERIE gained further market share in the 1960’s
with domestic facilities designed to convert caseins into caseinates. Far more soluble than casein,
caseinates led the charge into new markets including coffee creamers, whipped toppings, frozen
desserts, dietary supplements and pharmaceutical preparations.


In the early 1970’s, ERIE established ERIE AG Switzerland to purchase milk proteins directly from
producers in Europe. Further global expansion was achieved with joint ventures in Australia, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark.

The 1980’s were a pivotal growth period for ERIE with the construction of a research and
manufacturing facility in Rochelle, Illinois. Rochelle’s proximity to O’Hare International Airport and
major interstate rail and highway networks gives ERIE the advantage of a central United States manufacturing location. ERIE/ Rochelle with its “Superior” rating from the American Institute of
Baking, produces a wide range of ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industries.


In 1992, ERIE established Intermix Australia, an alliance formed with Mitsubishi Japan, to extend
its global outreach to Australia, Asia and the Pacific Rim. Manufacturing at Intermix is focused
on infant formulas, premixes for bakery, ice cream and confectionery and a variety of blends
incorporating coffee/milk, wheat flour, cocoa, sugar, caramel and dairy ingredients.

The 1990’s also saw increased tonnages in imports driving further expansion in processing capabilities
for caseins, caseinates and whey proteins at both the Erie and Rochelle manufacturing locations.
At the same time, leading food companies in North America worked with ERIE to manufacture a
variety of agglomerated products for their private label businesses.

In 2001, Erie Foods International Inc. with Charles MINOUX, specialists of the dairy industry, joined
forces and established ERIE EUROPE in Paris, France as a subsidiary company to explore new
venture opportunities and coordinate manufacturing and marketing functions for Erie Foods and its
affiliated companies in strategic locations around the world. Erie Europe focused on Europe, Africa,
Middle East and Asia, where it could successfully adapt the values of Erie respecting the regional
specificities of the markets.

Rapidly, Erie Europe emerged as a leading player in the world market of the dairy industry.

In 2002 Murray Goulburn Cooperative became a shareholder in Intermix alongside Erie Foods
International Inc. and Mitsubishi Japan.

In 2014, work began on a liquid milk processing factory in Agaketi, Uganda. Amos Dairies Uganda Ltd.
is a joint venture company with investors from India, Norway, and Erie USA. The Board of Directors
include professionals from America, Australia, India, Norway and Uganda. With skilled personnel and
fully laboratories, Amos offers customers new product development opportunities with technology as
well as technical support. Products include casein, whey protein concentrate, full cream milk powder,
skim milk powder, butter, ghee and anhydrous milk fat.

In 2018, ERIE added a consumer packaging line to its many manufacturing lines in the USA. During subsequent years, the lines have been expanded to meet the growing demand for Milk Protein Crisps.

Plans are underway for continued expansions in the USA and around the world.