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 […]

Animal disposal discussed at expo

By Tony Parra People in the dairy business from eastern New Mexico and those in the livestock business attended a seminar on Wednesday to see what composting of carcass options would be legal and viable for their business. Hillary Sullivan, a dairy specialist with the New Mexico State University Extension office, spoke at the 13th […]

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. […]

Mascot talk makes one weary

By Jim Lee I really appreciate that relatively new statue in front of the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. But I have always been intrigued by naming a university mascot after a bus going through town. According to the official account of acquiring the greyhound as the symbol of the teams published […]

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 […]

Sunland Inc. celebrates opening of new building

By Tony Parra Sunland Inc. president Jimmie Shearer said it’s been a long time coming, but on Thursday he and other Sunland representatives unveiled a new peanut butter processing building. Sunland Inc. officials had an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The Sunland Inc. plant was […]

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 […]

Spending package has projects for area

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Republicans whisked a $388 billion spending bill through the House on Saturday, a mammoth measure that underscores the dominance of deficit politics by curbing dollars for everything from education to environmental cleanups. Lawmakers approved the measure by a bipartisan 344-51 margin on what might be the last day of […]

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 […]

Plant closes its doors

Freedom Newspapers A longtime frozen fruit manufacturing company in Clovis will close its doors at the end of the month. FrozFruit, with its 18 full-time and 15 part-time employees, will close its Clovis branch because the plant has aged too much, said Lesley Bartholomew, public relations manager for Wells’ Dairy. Wells’ Dairy, a national ice […]

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 […]

Bingaman makes rounds in Portales

By Tony Parra U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spoke to a Portales gathering on a few topics residents dealing with health care and wind energy on Friday at noon at Mark’s Eastern Grill, culminating Bingaman’s tour in Portales. Bingaman (D-N.M.) spoke about voters and asked people at the gathering to encourage young people to come out […]

Sunland trying to grow with demand

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By Kevin Wilson Sunland Inc. has a business problem. They have too much. “Right now, our peanut facilities are running 20 hours, seven days a week,” Sunland President and CEO Jimmie Shearer said, “and we’re still turning down orders (for peanut butter).” It’s a problem the company is hoping to alleviate, thanks to a $1.7 […]

Local businesses want tariffs on milk powder

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County dairy officials met with members of the United States congress this week in Portales and Clovis in an attempt to convince members of Congress to implement a tariff on foreign companies looking to import milk protein concentrate (milk powder). If the bill is not placed, it could affect the MPC […]

Garvey cited for accident

By Tony Parra Dan Rideout of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for New Mexico said the case of a Garvey worker who fell from a Garvey processing plant elevator has been completed Two citations were given to the Garvey Processing plant and they have complied, Rideout said. Garvey Processing Vice President Lita Jimenez said […]

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 […]