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MMPA comments on recent dairy plant expansion

NOVI, MI – The Michigan Milk Producers Association recently released the following statement:

“We look forward to playing an active role in the success of the recently announced joint Michigan cheese plant project. We have appreciated working collaboratively with multiple industry partners on this and other projects of this magnitude to further assist in addressing the state’s milk production growth. We look forward to our continued involvement in the project and finalizing the role we will play in servicing the needs of the new cheese and whey facility soon.

“In addition to the investment MMPA members currently have in dairy manufacturing facilities and the joint cheese plant project, we understand additional capacity will need to be constructed.  

“As an extension to our existing Strategic Alliance with Foremost Farms at our MMPA Constantine plant, the two cooperatives are working together on a cheese barrel line at our Middlebury Cheese Co. facility in Middlebury, Indiana that will initially process up to an additional 500,000 pounds of milk per day.

“In tandem with the barrel line project, MMPA and Foremost Farms are committed to studying additional opportunities to support milk production growth. One such example is MMPA’s active involvement in the recently announced dairy campus project in Greenville with Foremost Farms.    

“Given the dynamics of the Michigan market, we continue to support collaboration in all that we are doing to maximize returns to dairy producers.  We are excited about the potential of these cooperative efforts and the impact they will have on the dairy industry.”  

This statement was signed by:
•    Joe Diglio, general manager of MMPA
•    Ken Nobis, president of MMPA

About Michigan Milk Producers Association:
The Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) is a dairy farmer owned cooperative founded in 1916. MMPA serves approximately 1,700 dairy farmers in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin, handling approximately 5 billion pounds of milk annually. MMPA operates two dairy ingredient plants in Michigan and the Middlebury Cheese Company, a cheese plant in northern Indiana. Products made at MMPA’s plants include cheese, butter, non-fat dry milk, whole milk powder, cream and condensed skim milk.