Written by David Castellon
California Dairies, Inc., has finalized the acquisition of Hilmar Cheese Company’s milk powder facility in Turlock.
“This is an exciting opportunity for CDI and our farmer-owners to acquire a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with the ability to produce and market high-quality milk powders,” Andrei Mikhalevsky, CDI’s president and CEO, said in a written statement.
“This expansion of CDI’s manufacturing footprint in California fits exceptionally well within our core mission to profitably market, process and add value to the milk produced by our member-owners.”
Based in Visalia, CDI is owned by nearly 400 dairies and processes about 40% produced in California and about 9% nationally, producing fluid milk products, butter and milk powders. The company has sales of more than $4 billion annually across all 50 states and in more than 50 foreign countries.
Originally constructed in 2015, the newly acquired Turlock plant integrates advanced processing technology to manufacture a range of milk powders, largely for the export market.
CDI has offered to let the facility’s employees keep their jobs.