Friday, August 14, 2020

Ornua invests $10m to expand Wisconsin cheese-making facility

Ireland’s largest premium dairy cooperative has invested $10 million to expand its cheese-making facility in the heart of Wisconsin’s dairy country.

The investment will add a further 22,000 square feet of warehousing and cooling infrastructure to the operation, unlocking an additional 30% growth in production capacity.

Ornua Ingredients North America, which operates a second cheese-making facility in Byron, Minnesota, specialises in producing customised, functional cheese products for major US food manufacturing and foodservice customers.

This latest investment is a result of a period of exceptional multi-year growth in the division, the company said, with 2019 reporting a record year with double-digit growth.

Construction of the site’s new infrastructure is being carried out by Wisconsin building firm Bayland Construction and is expected to be completed in February 2021.

“Ornua Ingredients North America have had great success in partnering with blue chip customers, delivering innovative cheese solutions and as these customers grow their business, we are creating additional capacity to serve them,” said Bernard Condon, Managing Director of Ornua Ingredients.

“This latest round of investment is consistent with the investments made since Ornua acquired Thiel Cheese and it is a business that will see further investment over the coming years. Hilbert is a core component of Ornua Ingredients North America’s ability to create value on behalf of our coop members and generations of Irish dairy farming families.”

Rick Pedersen, President of Ornua Ingredients North America, said: “The capacity and flexibility enabled by this latest investment will allow us to deliver the scale and breadth of product portfolio required to maintain our position as the leading partner in our customers’ ambitious growth plans.”

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