Udall to visit southeastern New Mexico

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall will travel to southeastern New Mexico this weekend for events in Clovis and Portales.

On Friday, Udall will tour the Southwest Cheese Plant in Clovis. The Southwest Cheese Processing Plant, which opened with the strong support of then-Congressman Udall, is one of the largest natural cheese and high-protein whey processing plants in the world. In 2009, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation announced a $90 million, 70,000-square-foot expansion of the plant that will create 50 new high wage jobs and increase overall production rates. The Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and the New Mexico Economic Development Department predicts that in 10 years the expansion will bring further economic benefit resulting in 74 additional employees along with over $40 million in additional gross receipts.

Later in the day, Udall will visit Cannon Air Force Base where he will tour the expanding facilities. Cannon Air Force Base’s mission as the 27th Special Operations Wing includes infiltration, exfiltration and re-supply of operations forces, air fueling of special operations rotary wing and tiltrotor aircraft and precision fire support. The base has been expanding ahead of schedule and as a result, new personnel and their families have been welcomed to the Clovis area, increasing the local demand for health care, education and housing. Tour participants will visit the new military construction sites and facilities and will view a flight line static display.

Friday, June 11, 2010

WHAT: Udall Tours the Southwest Cheese Plant

WHEN: 1 – 2:15 p.m.

WHERE: 1141 Curry County Road 4

Clovis, N.M.

** Pen and pad only, members of the press will be asked to remove jewelry and leave cell phones locked in management office. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Media availability following the tour.