Cheese plant looking for construction workers

Freedom Newspapers

The Southwest Cheese Company is looking to hire 400 talented workers from the Clovis area to work construction over the next year for their new plant being built south of town, according to a press release distributed by the company.
If the building project stays on schedule, the facility should be commissioned in October. By that time officials hope to fill the various operations positions from the pool of area job seekers.
“We have gotten a warm welcome from the community already, and have talked to many potential employees,” Heather Shields, human resources manager with Southwest Cheese in Clovis, said in the press release. “The work ethic we’ve seen is New Mexico is great, and that will be key to our success.”
There are currently openings in maintenance, quality and supply chain, along with manager-trainee positions, the release showed. Candidates will join training programs between now and plant opening to learn skills specific to their trade within the organization.
“Southwest Cheese is a fantastic opportunity to be involved from start up in a world class, state-of-the-art operating plant,” Maurice Keane, chief executive officer of Southwest Cheese, said in the press release.
Locals who want the opportunity to fill a position should get an application at the Southwest Cheese Web site, www.southwestcheese.com.
The company estimates to produce 250 million pounds of cheese per year and process over 2.4 billion pounds of milk. This milk will be provided by the dairy cooperative members of the Greater Southwest Agency, the release showed.