Schoep’s Ice Cream
Schoep’s, a family-owned business has been a family affair for the Thomsens for seven decades. Current company president, Paul Thomsen, started working at the plant when he was nine. In the 1940s, during his earliest employment, he made popsicles at the rate of 40 cents an hour which was shared with four other workers. Today there are six Thomsens working at the Madison headquarters–Paul, his brother Les, and their sons, John and Eric. Alan and Rich Thomsen are the sons of Walter Thomsen, who recently retired.
Schoep’s made more than 12 million gallons of ice cream last year. That’s nearly a quarter of a billion scoops of frozen fun. “Ice cream crosses all generations, it’s a fun food to share and create happy memories,” Thomsen says. Schoep’s also manufactures frozen yogurt, lite ice cream, frozen custard, sherbet and novelties. Considering its modest start in 1928, the Thomsen family is proud of Schoep’s Ice Cream’s current ranking as Wisconsin’s largest independent ice cream manufacturer.