Lifesaving lift

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By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer A ride with Southwest Med Evac is not one you want to make, but according to paramedics it’s a ride that can save a life in time of medical emergency. In business since 1994, Southwest Med Evac has been servicing the local area with a fixed wing aircraft since […]

Bee extermination business booming

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known as […]

Cheese plant opens

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers This behemoth on the High Plains has evolved from a patch of caramel dirt scratched amid acres of farm land to a gleaming metropolis of cheese and whey production, with 60 miles of stainless steel piping and 742 miles of electrical cable above and below ground. The Southwest Cheese plant […]

Dairyman discusses business

By Tonya Fennell By Tonya Fennell CNJ STAFF WRITER tonya_garner@freedom.link.com Albin Smith is a local dairy owner. Q: How long have you been in the dairy business? A: I came to Portales 30 years ago this month with 28 cows. Q: What does the dairy business mean to you? A: I like the cows, but […]

Foresight 40 years ago gave industries a start

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By Kevin Wilson If you were to play word association with Portales residents and use the words, “Industrial Park,” you might have one faction think of church softball, another think of youth soccer and yet another think of the nearby senior citizen center. But do the same thing with Portales business leaders and they’ll probably […]

Cheese plant gets milk shipment

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Southwest Cheese received their first delivery of milk Tuesday, although by the end of the year it will only be operating at 30 percent of capacity, according Southwest Cheese Company Chief Executive Director Maurice Keane. The plant received 65,000 pounds of milk Tuesday from local co-ops Dairy Farmers of America […]

Southwest Cheese to get grant for new employees

Southwest Cheese will receive $294,665 from a state job-training initiative to train 73 new employees, said a state economic development department press release. The cheese company was previously awarded $718,456 for 79 employees by the Job Training Incentive Program in March 2005. The company has hired 88 employees to date, state officials said. Scheduled to […]

Cheese plant still scheduled to open in October

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By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A fresh layer of concrete coats the county road leading to the Southwest Cheese company. Adding asphalt to that layer is just one of a shrinking number of items left on the plant’s to-do list. The company’s Web site, www.southwestcheese.com, monitors the days, hours, minutes and seconds that remain […]

Cheese plant attracting another new business

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Southwest Cheese continues to attract new ventures. A Texas-based firm has reached an agreement with Southwest Cheese to purchase a cheese-processing by-product called whey to be used in animal feed. Officials for Houston-based Westway Feed Products and Southwest Cheese confirmed the agreement on Wednesday. Westway, which uses the protein-rich whey […]

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 […]