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 25 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 50 people to join our team this year.”

The expansion will be commissioned in late 2010.

Source: Hilmar Cheese Company