Southwest Cheese showcases operation

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Gov. Bill Richardson talks with members of the Irish media Friday during Southwest Cheese’s grand opening. The Irish ambassador to the United States also attended the event. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer This behemoth on the High Plains has evolved from a patch of caramel dirt scratched amid acres of […]

Cheese plant changes dairy landscape

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A semi-truck has the green light Thursday to enter the Southwest Cheese Plant southwest of Clovis. (Freedom Newspapers: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a matter of months, the cheese plant lauded as an economic boon for Clovis and Portales will devour seven million pounds of milk per day. The demand has already […]

Southwest Cheese starting production

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Construction on the $200 million cheese plant started in early 2004. (File photo) Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese received their first delivery of milk Tuesday, although by the end of the year it will only be operating at 30 percent of capacity, according Southwest Cheese Company Chief Executive Director Maurice Keane. The plant […]

Cheese plant still scheduled to open in October

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The Southwest Cheese plant is slated to open in October and at that time will begin producing 250 million pounds of cheddar cheese a year, according to the company Web site. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A fresh layer of concrete coats the county road leading to the Southwest Cheese […]

Another feed firm to use cheese plant byproducts

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese continues to attract new ventures. A Texas-based firm has reached an agreement with Southwest Cheese to purchase a cheese-processing by-product called whey to be used in animal feed. Officials for Houston-based Westway Feed Products and Southwest Cheese confirmed the agreement on Wednesday. Westway, which uses the protein-rich […]

Plant officials pleased with turnout

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese officials hope to have the bulk of their hiring done by the time the plant is scheduled to open in October. However, hiring will continue through the end of the year, according to Southwest President Maurice Keane. The $200 million plant will employ 225 when fully operational, […]

Plant construction on target

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View of construction at the Southwest Cheese plant on Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Above-average rain totals in January have not slowed construction at the Southwest Cheese plant, officials said. The plant, which will become the largest cheese and whey plant in North America when completed, remains on […]

Cheese plant relying on local labor

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Construction at the Southwest Cheese Plant is 25 percent complete. The plant is scheduled to open in October 2005. Staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Victor Orlowski cut about 60 hours of road time a month off his schedule when he came to Clovis to work at the Southwest Cheese […]

Udall gets update on area dairy industry

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U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, left, and Wayne Palla discuss issues dealing with dairies in eastern New Mexico Tuesday during a visit to Palla’s dairy north of Clovis. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Congressman Tom Udall got a crash course on the dairy industry Tuesday, eastern New Mexico style, in a […]

Cheese plant work on schedule

Jack King Five new raw milk silos, each 75 feet tall, have been erected at the Southwest Chees site on Curry County Road 4, said Maurice Keane, the company’s president and chief executive officer. Keane said the 54-acre, $190 million project is on schedule, with plans to begin production sometime in October 2005. Four of […]