Factory to turn cheese whey into nutrient-rich animal feed

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Mesa Ingredient Company is coming to Clovis with a bang, according to the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. Mesa’s main operation is turning the liquid byproduct of cheese — commonly known as whey — into a nutrient-rich powder used in animal feed. Mesa’s factory, which has already broken ground, will be […]

Cheese plant could have new neighbor

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers A St. Louis-based company that uses cheese by-products to produce animal feed ingredients is planning to build a plant near Southwest Cheese Co., company officials said. Mesa Ingredient Corp. will build a permeate processing plant to convert liquid permeate into a lactose-rich powder for use in animal feeds, according to […]

Plant officials pleased with job-fair turnout

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Southwest Cheese officials hope to have the bulk of their hiring done by the time the plant is scheduled to open in October. However, hiring will continue through the end of the year, according to Southwest President Maurice Keane. The $200 million plant will employ 225 when fully operational, according […]

Cheese plant still on schedule

By Ryan Lengerich Above average rain totals in January has not slowed construction at the Southwest Cheese plant, officials said. The plant, which will become the largest cheese and whey plant in North America when completed, remains on scheduled to be up and running by October, said Maurice Keane, chief executive officer of Southwest Cheese. […]

Cheese plant road plan hits snags

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County and city officials’ hope of building a cheese plant road leading up from the south on Roosevelt County to the new Southwest Cheeseplant encountered a snag on Friday — the acquisition of property. The two-mile road leading up from Highway 70 to the cheese plant road would have to be […]

Language can complicate lunchtime

By Jim Lee I read or heard somewhere that predators have eyes in the front of their heads while plant-eaters have eyes at the sides of their heads. This makes sense since carnivores have to move forward to see and keep track of their prey, and herbivores hang out in herds with everybody watching what’s […]

Bradley trying to help with milk money

Walter Bradley is the former lieutenant governor of New Mexico. The Clovis native is back in town, handling government and business relations with Dairy Farmers of America, the largest dairy co-op in the United States. DFA members produce about 57 billion pounds of milk per year, which is 33 percent of the nation’s output, according […]

Study approved for cheese plant road

By Kevin Wilson The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday allowed $70,000 in capital outlay to be available for a feasibility study on a road in Roosevelt County leading to the Glanbia cheese plant near the Roosevelt-Curry County border. The measure, which passed by a 3-0 vote, will keep the commission as the fiscal agent for […]

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 […]

Cheese plant set to fill vacancies

By Mike Linn Victor Orlowski cut about 60 hours of road time a month off his schedule when he came to Clovis to work at the Southwest Cheese Plant. The plant’s engineer said he doesn’t miss the traffic and long trek involved with his former job at Dean Foods in Los Angeles, and is looking […]

Plant road could provide bigger slice of money

By Tony Parra If they build it, will new business come? Portales and Roosevelt County officials met Tuesday to discuss the potential economic impact that might follow if Roosevelt County builds a road leading to the new Southwest Cheese Plant near the Curry/Roosevelt County line. “We want to know what the impact is and we […]

Commissioners want to look into cheese plant road options

By Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commissioners want money allocated for a cheese plant road to go towards the maintenance and upgrades of the county roads leading to the cheese plant, and not towards creating a new asphalt road. Commissioners decided that $170,000 allocated from capital outlay would not be enough for a quality paved […]

N.M. could become the big cheese

Jack King With construction begun on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience Friday at the plant’s groundbreaking. Approximately 200 people from Curry and Roosevelt counties attended the ceremony at the plant site, five miles south of Clovis, […]

Cheese plant won’t hurt milk transportation

Mike Linn Dairy operators will send class-three milk, a low grade of milk, to the Southwest Cheese plant rather than having it shipped to farther locations, which will save dairy operators money, Portales dairy operator Alva Carter Sr. said. This will allow dairymen to send their higher grades of milk out of town, Carter said. […]

Cheese plant breaks ground

Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson, city and county officials and company officers will attend a groundbreaking ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today at the site of the Southwest Cheese Plant at 1141 County Road 4. The Clovis High School drum line also will be present to play for those attending the ceremony. Chamber of Commerce executive […]

Artesia milk company responsible for future cheese plant

Jack King Select Milk Producers of Artesia, N.M., initiated the steps that led to a cheese plant coming to eastern New Mexico, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. The milk producers cooperative was looking for an outlet for its product. It wanted to locate a processor within a 60-mile area […]

Curry County commissioners request funds for cheese plant

Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to transfer $300,000 from the county’s environmental fund to the city of Clovis to help pay for a wastewater treatment system for the Southwest Cheese plant. But they said the money will not be transferred until other types of funding […]

Clovis approves measures for cheese plant

By Jack King CLOVIS — Clovis city commissioners approved three items related to wastewater infrastructure for Southwest Cheese at a special meeting Monday. The items were a memorandum of understanding between the city and Southwest Cheese and two resolutions from the city requesting loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority. Under its agreement with Southwest […]

Officials optimistic about plans for cheese plant

Glen Seeber By Glen Seeber Freedom Newspapers Glen_Seeber@link.freedom.com If funding for an expansion to Clovis’ wastewater treatment plant is approved during a special city commission meeting on Monday, groundbreaking for a multi-million dollar cheese-processing plant could happen as early as January. “I would be a little out of line if I predicted how the vote […]

Cheese plant construction to start by New Year’s

Eric Butler By Eric Butler Freedom Newspapers Correspondent Engineering, architectural and construction firms have been lined up as work on a $200 million cheese processing plant north of Portales is expected to begin within the next three months. And a name for the plant, which will provide around 200 permanent jobs when operational, has been […]