Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. announced its new headquarters and Innovation Center in Hilmar, Calif., was awarded LEED® Platinum certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The Hilmar facility is the first privately-funded LEED Platinum certified building in Merced County, and one of just a few in the Central Valley.
“As far as we know, it is also the first dairy industry LEED Platinum certified building in the United States,” commented David Ahlem, Hilmar Cheese Company Vice President and General Manager - Cheese.
LEED certification is based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. The headquarters and Innovation Center achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporation of a variety of other sustainable strategies.
The Innovation Center, with the latest pilot plant and food application equipment, is focused on delivering greater service and knowledge to U.S. and global customers. Food scientists use the newest equipment and technology to help food companies find success incorporating dairy into healthy foods and beverages.
Hilmar Cheese Company Inc., founded in 1984, is a privately held corporation. More than 1,200 employees process high-quality cheese and whey ingredients from its facilities in California and Texas. Visit www.hilmarcheese.com.
Drost among dairy veterinarians nominated for Hall of Fame
Five distinguished cattle veterinarians – including two dairy veterinarians – have been nominated for the 2014 Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame. The fourth annual Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at this year’s AABP Annual Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 18-20, 2014.
Dairy nominees include:
• Maarten Drost, D.V.M., is a world-renowned expert in bovine reproduction known for his ground-breaking work in embryo transfer technology, pregnancy recognition and fertility management. He’s worked in private practice and served as captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and on the faculty of both the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
• John Dahl, D.V.M., of Waunakee, Wis., served in private practice for more than 20 years and worked for BouMatic for more than 10 years, advancing to serve as president. He then served as director of the teaching hospital at the newly established University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine Association.