Our History

With a quick smile and an unmatched work ethic, Russell Jilbert founded JilbertTM Dairy in Lake Linden, Mich., in 1937. It was a family affair from the beginning, with his wife, Marion, and brood of eight children all pitching in. In its first year, the dairy was producing 10,000 pounds of milk per month. And from the humble beginnings of its first delivery vehicle — an old Oldsmobile with its seats torn out — the family guided the dairy to national acclaim.