Officials Hope New Dairy Processing Facilities Will Boost Industry
Officials say two new dairy processing facilities are expected to improve the production, profitability, and long-term prospects of milk.
Spartan Michigan LLC will develop a new $425 million, 146-acre dairy processing facility in St. Johns, which is expected to create 259 new jobs.
The facility will process more than 8-million pounds of milk per day.
Proliant Dairy Michigan is also investing up to $85 million in an adjoining facility, which will manufacture whey permeate products.
Construction for both facilities is expected to begin in September and be completed by December 2020.
When completed, the Mid-Michigan sites will be among the largest dairy processing facilities in the country.
Michigan ranks fifth in the nation for total milk production, with dairy farmers contributing $15.7 billion to the state’s economy.