The Lactalis American Group announced a plant expansion today that will make a significant impact on the Boise Valley and the State of Idaho. We are proud that the Lactalis American Group is a partner of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, and we look forward to welcoming the new fresh mozzarella plant.
CHEESE MANUFACTURER ANNOUNCES PLANS TO ADD JOBS AND INCREASE LOCAL SPENDING TO MEET NEEDS OF PRODUCTION EXPANSION Lactalis to expand its mozzarella production in Nampa, Idaho
NAMPA, Idaho – (February 6, 2012) – Lactalis American Group announced plans today to increase fresh mozzarella production at its Nampa facility. The production expansion will add jobs and increase the company’s purchase of local and regional dairy.
The Nampa facility, located in East Canyon County, has been producing cheese for over 10 years and is the largest Groupe Lactalis production plant in North America. Lactalis plans to increase mozzarella production from 7 million pounds to 31 million pounds per year to meet growing global demand.
The increase in production will add approximately 70 jobs to the local economy. The Lactalis Nampa facility currently employs 600 area residents.
Lactalis has always been committed to buying needed milk supplies from local and regional dairy farmers.
“I applaud Lactalis for their decision to use their Nampa plant for increased cheese production,” said Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “Idaho is proud to be home to the company’s largest manufacturing facility and we appreciate their commitment to buying local agricultural commodities. Our state and our region will enjoy the economic benefits of this production expansion for a long time.”
“The Treasure Valley is fortunate to have companies like Lactalis, which are committed to the economic vitality of our state and our communities,” said Clark Krause, Executive Director of Boise Valley Economic Partnership. “Lactalis also has a long history of working with area non-profits by offering volunteers, donations and in-kind contributions.”
Construction on the plant will begin March of 2012 and last for approximately 10 months. Local construction contractor Hansen-Rice will oversee the expansion effort. Lactalis expects production on the expanded fresh mozzarella plant to begin spring of 2013.
About Lactalis American Group The Lactalis Nampa plant, part of Lactalis American Group, employs more than 600 Idahoans and produces cheese and whey from milk. It is the company’s flagship plant in North America. Lactalis purchases 85% of its dairy products from local and regional dairies.
Founded in 1933 in France, the family owned and operated Groupe Lactalis now employs 52,000 in 198 sites around the globe. Lactalis produces some of North America’s most popular cheese brands, including Président, Galbani, Sorrento, Precious and rondéle.