Pace Dairy Foods has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Southeast Minnesota for the past 8 years — and they're holding on to that status through the economic uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak.

A division of Kroger Company, a Fortune 500 company, Pace Dairy is considered an "essential business" as a natural and processed cheese packaging facility in the Rochester community. The location provides a steady job and schedule within a family-like atmosphere, which is important to many employees. In addition, all job interviews now are done virtually through computer or mobile device.

Here's what a few of their employees said when asked why Pace Dairy is a good place to work:

Safety! You can really tell Pace Dairy takes the safety of their employees seriously. The first training you receive during orientation is safety based! Not many other places do it that way.


We have a great group of people that we work with on a daily basis. We have such huge cultural mix here that it makes working here a great life learning experience. I believe that our hourly wage is above average compared to what’s in our current area. During this COVID pandemic a lot of us were at ease with our income being steady and not having to go on furlough or cut down on hours so that felt good knowing that I could still provide for my family without making any huge sacrifices.


Pace Dairy is owned by Kroger, which has thousands of stores and several manufacturing plants around the country, but Pace has the small town, family feeling … not only is Pace welcoming to family of employees to work here, there are several opportunities for individuals to advance.

Right now, they are hiring team members who will carry out a variety of tasks, according to the job posting, including:

  • Clean all equipment properly and timely to ensure safe quality products
  • Clean machinery, facility structures such as racking, windows, walls and exterior of plant
  • Assist machine operators in gathering production supplies, packaging materials and loading equipment, including dumping boxes and lifting stacks of cardboard
  • Assist in hand-packing and hand-stacking product/cases onto pallets

The starting wage is $19 per hour, with a $1 differential for third shift and a 30-cent differential for second shift. Employees can access their wages quickly with weekly checks and direct deposit. There also is a lot of overtime availability for those who want to earn extra holiday cash.

Sound like a great fit for you, a family member or a friend? Click here to get started on the application.

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