Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI), New Ulm, Minn., announced plans to more than double processing capacity at its Sanborn, Iowa, plant. Expansion will include eight state-of-the-art cheese vats, increasing daily processing capacity to 3 million pounds of milk.

“Increased demand for AMPI’s award-winning cheese, along with growing milk production on member farms, is the basis for this cooperative investment,” says Steve Schlangen, chairman of the AMPI board of directors and a dairy farmer at Scdairy.

AMPI cheesemakers will begin producing cheese in the new vats by the end of 2017.