Interview with Zach Krogwold
By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater
As its name suggests, Potato Plant, Inc. is a potato packaging plant that has been in operation, in Amherst, Wisconsin, since 1979.
“It was started by my great-grandfather, Lawrence, my grandpa, Jon, and my uncle, Lonnie,” says Zach Krogwold, current owner/operator of Potato Plant, Inc.
“Great-grandpa Lawrence passed away in 1994, but everyone else is still involved,” Krogwold explains, “and there have been many expansions over the years to get us to where we are now.”
Where The Potato Plant is now includes being a respected storage and packaging business in the heart of Central Wisconsin potato country, capable of storing and shipping 200,000 cwt. (hundredweight) of potatoes a year.
The Krogwolds have a long history in Amherst and Waupaca County, having been a grower/packer from the 1940’s until the late ’70s, when the family quit farming to concentrate on potato storage and packaging.