A News Digest about Michigan’s $510 Million Processing Complex: DFA, Glanbia, Select Milk, and Proliant are Partners
The sheer magnitude of all the agencies and efforts involved in this monumental project offers many lessons to others considering dairy development efforts in any location.
Following is a digest compiled from media reports of today’s (August 9, 2018) from Michigan and other areas:
From the Lansing State Journal (makes one marvel at the effort put into project): the project involved a number of state and local government agencies, included tax concessions on several levels, with these project parameters:
- 146 acres in the site
- Will process about 8 Million pounds of milk a day (mostly American style)
- Will produce about 300 million pounds of cheese per year
- Will operate 24/7, 365 days per year
- Notes similarities to Southwest Cheese in New Mexico [another Glanbia / DFA / Select Milk joint venture]
- Will use by-products from each layer of processing (whey from cheesemaking, then permeate from whey concentrated for dairy solids)
- 259 jobs at the cheese plant
- 38 jobs at the adjacent whey permeate plant
From Crain’s Detroit Business; a business publication in the area:
- Another $40 Million in Tax Incentives likely to come in the future may drive total investment from $510 to $550 Million
- The project is part of Michigan’s Agriculture Processing Renaissance Zone initative, a program which assisted with another $58 million dairy processing facility (Foremost Cooperative) and a soybean processing facility earlier this year
- “Adding this capacity to our ecosystem . . . is really going to bring stability to the market” – Peter Anastor, Division Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture
From The Charlotte Observer (an AP story)
- Glanbia will oversee commercial, tecnical, and business operations
- The project considered other sites in other locations
A worldwide milkshed suffering from a lack of modernized processing capacity should benefit from this project.
Note: Additional links and updates may be added in the future to this blog post.