At the time of its construction, the 1949 Tillamook cheesemaking plant was considered state of the art. During the dedication ceremony, a few individuals took some time out to reminisce about how cheese used to be made. Standing left to right is Harold Sutton, the new plant’s head cheesemaker; Frank Owens, TCCA’s vice president; George Lawson, TCCA’s secretary-manager; and Merle Jensen, the plant’s superintendent. The four men are comparing an old cheese kettle with the modern cheese vats behind them in the cheesemaking room. Well, they were modern for 1949 at least, but they don’t quite compare to the cheese vats you can see today in our cheesemaking room. The cheese vats today can hold about four times more milk.