A cheese plant in northeast Iowa has begun a $20 million expansion of the facility.
Swiss Valley Farms officials broke ground on the expansion in Luana on Thursday afternoon. The expansion will add 49,000 square feet to the plant and increase the cheese production by 10 to 15 million pounds each year.
The plans are creating excitement among many dairy farmers in the state, including Don Moon of Clayton County, whose dairy cows produce about 5,300 gallons of milk every two days. Moon tells KCRG-TV the expansion has the potential to help dairy farmers, because it will allow them to get rid of surplus milk and drive up the cost.
The plant expansion is expected to wrap up late next year.
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