Farmers, 2 Co-ops Plan $58M Cheese Plant in Western New York

April 7, 2016 06:16 PM

A European dairy cooperative is teaming up with a national milk marketing cooperative and local farmers to open a cheese plant in western New York.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports that the plan calls for operating a $58 million facility next to Noblehurst Farms in the Livingston County hamlet of Linwood, near the Genesee County line 25 miles southwest of Rochester.

The deal involves Denmark-based Arla Foods, the Kansas City, Missouri-based Dairy Farmers of America and eight local farmers who will supply the raw milk.

The plant is expected to produce about 15 million pounds of cheddar cheese annually after it starts production, expected to begin in the fall of 2017. Up to 30 people are expected to be hired for the facility.

The project still requires various regulatory approvals.

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