EYE ON OPERATIONS
Great Lakes Cheese Co. Inc., Hiram, Ohio, completed an $80 million expansion at its Adams, N.Y., cheese plant, according to a report in theSyracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard. Officials say the operation has doubled production capacity and now can receive more than 800 million lbs. of milk each year to make retail private label natural cheddar cheese.
JBS USA, Greeley, Colo., is considering a $63 million expansion at its Plainwell, Mich., meat processing operation. Gun Plain Township supervisor Mike VanDenBerg told Wood TV 8news that JBS is considering a $43 million freezer project and a $20 million plant expansion in Plainwell, a facility that JBS acquired in 2008 from Smithfield Beef Group.
Maple Lodge Farms Ltd., Brampton, Ont., will build a $46 million poultry processing operation in Kentville, N.S., according toThe Canadian Press. Officials expect by spring 2012 to complete the operation, which will process both chickens and turkeys. Maple Lodge CEO Michael Burrows said the plant will be jointly owned by Maple Lodge Farms and area farmers from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Media noted that Maple Lodge Farms also has primary poultry processing operations in Brampton, Ont., and St. Francois, N.B.