MONROE (WKOW) -- It's been a staple of the business community in Monroe for nearly a century, and it all started as a class project. The family-owned Swiss Colony is now celebrating 90 years of success.
In 1926, Ray Kubly, a student at UW-Madison, came up with an advertising campaign and business model for selling Wisconsin cheese by mail order.
John Baumann is the current President and CEO of Colony Brands. He says, "I always understood that Raymond Kubly was a true entrepreneur, with a lot of vision, but I think even Raymond would be surprised, and hopefully very pleased, by how much the company has grown over the years.
Raymond's tiny business has expanded into one of the largest direct marketers in the U.S.
Right now, Colony Brands is getting ready for the two busiest months of the year.
Baumann says, "With the Swiss Colony catalog and the Wisconsin Cheeseman, there is a very big spike in sales in November and December, probably eighty percent plus of the sales of those two businesses takes place during those two months."
Throughout the year, Swiss Colony will have special deals to celebrate 90 years of business success.