Builders, welders and electricians are busy as Hilmar Cheese Company, and its division, Hilmar Ingredients, lift walls into place as part of the Phase II project at its Dalhart, Texas, facility.
Hilmar Cheese Company is investing another $100 million in the facility, bringing the total investment to more than $200 million. The expansion includes additional milk storage capacity, natural American-style cheese production lines and expands Hilmar's line of innovative and highly functional whey products.
"Ultimately, the addition will give us the ability to double capacity in Texas,” explained John Jeter, CEO and President of Hilmar Cheese Company. "We are installing emerging technology to increase our ability to meet our customers' changing needs.”
Hilmar Cheese Company, Dalhart is located in the Texas Panhandle. Texas' positive business climate, reliable regulatory environment and central location have created a booming dairy region. More than twenty-five growing dairies provide a high quality milk supply to Hilmar Cheese Company.
"Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our employees, the Dalhart facility is a tremendous success,” explained David Ahlem, Dalhart Site Manager. "We will be hiring and training an additional fifty people to join our team this year.”
The expansion will be commissioned in late 2010.
Founded in 1984 by twelve Central California dairy families who owned Jersey cows, Hilmar Cheese Company has grown to include a second manufacturing site in Dalhart, Texas. Hilmar Ingredients, created in 2004, is the company's whey protein and lactose products division. Still privately held, the total organization employs almost 1,000. Hilmar Cheese Company is committed to continuous improvement and innovation. The Company's mission is to produce high quality products within a framework of environmental sustainability. In addition to caring for its customers and the environment, Hilmar Cheese Company is committed to improving the communities in which it operates through support for education, community activities and food bank programs.