PORTLAND — It turns out Alpenrose Dairy in Portland will not be going anywhere.
A lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court by Carl Cadonau III, Tracey Cadonau McKinnon and Cary Cadonau to halt a pending sale of the 128-year-old family business was voluntarily dismissed March 22 after the sides reportedly came to a mutual agreement.
“We filed a lawsuit to prevent a sale that would have ended Alpenrose Dairy as we and the community know and love,” the plaintiffs said in a statement. “The outpouring of support from the Alpenrose community was overwhelming. We are pleased to report that our collective efforts have resulted in the termination of the pending sale.”
The plaintiffs are the great-great-grandchildren of Florian Cadonau, who started what would become Alpenrose Dairy in 1891. They alleged in the lawsuit that their aunts, Barbara Deeming and Anita Cadonau-Huseby, were working through family trusts to sell Alpenrose to an unnamed buyer, which planned to shut down the dairy after one to two years and liquidate assets worth in excess of $35 million.
The sale would have also immediately stopped community events at the company’s 52-acre property, which includes three baseball fields, a velodrome track, 4-H Discovery Farm and “Dairyville,” a replica frontier town. The plaintiffs argued the sale would have violated the spirit and intention of the family’s estate plan.
A spokeswoman representing the plaintiffs said Alepenrose will continue to operate as normal. The plaintiffs did not have any further comment.
Alpenrose does not milk cows, but buys raw milk from other Oregon dairies to make conventional and organic products, including fluid milk, cottage cheese and sour cream. The company has more than 150 employees.