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Chobani Expands Footprint with New, 70,000-Square-Foot Innovation and Community Center

Chobani Expands Footprint with New, 70,000-Square-Foot Innovation and Community Center

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Chobani is expanding on its already impressive Twin Falls, Idaho-presence. The company announced last week that it has broken ground on a new 70,000-square-foot-facility dedicated to serving employees and guests, as well as housing the company's global research and development team.

Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, Chobani

“I'm grateful for the specialness we share with the people of the Magic Valley,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO. “Twin Falls is one of those special places where there's a strong entrepreneurial mindset, the people are incredible, and a handshake truly means something. It's a special ecosystem when it comes to food making. Our home in Idaho is not only a celebration of our employees and our community, but is also a space to inspire creativity, drive even more innovation, and take us further on our mission to bring better food to more people.”

Chobani groundbreaking

According to the company’s press release, Chobani’s new state-of-the-art innovation and community center is inspired by the Magic Valley’s nature and community, and “represents the future of U.S. manufacturing—with some 30,000-square-feet of glass putting transparency and sunlight at the center of its design.”

C.L. “Butch” Otter, Governor, Idaho

“It's been great to watch Chobani become part of the fabric of our Magic Valley communities over the past four years,” said Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “This new investment in Twin Falls reflects Chobani's commitment to Idaho and to the people who have responded so positively to its corporate citizenship. Congratulations to all those who are contributing to Chobani's growth, just as Chobani is contributing to ours.”

According to Chobani’s release, since installing the world's largest yogurt plant in Twin Falls in 2013, the company has made a positive impact in the local economy by stimulating new jobs and encouraging other businesses to invest in the region. In 2016, Chobani announced a $100 million expansion of its manufacturing plant to invest in new production lines and products, and to support distribution to international markets.

Rendering of Chobani's New, 70,000-Square-Foot Innovation and Community Center

Noteworthy features of the center include:

  • A 7,000-square-foot, sun-filled gathering space will be used for town halls, shared meals, daily relaxation and special celebrations
  • A 2,000-square-foot fitness center will help employees improve their health and reduce stress through exercise
  • Wellness rooms for new mothers will be available throughout the facility
  • A visitor's entrance will welcome the local community and invite guests to learn more about Chobani and the company's history in the region
  • Some 4,000-square-feet of "smart glass" windows designed greatly enhance natural light, while regulating internal temperatures and reducing use of heating and air conditioning, driving a 20% reduction in energy consumption

The company also noted that the center will build on Chobani's longstanding commitment to the environment, utilizing innovative features to increase energy efficiency. To demonstrate the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship, Chobani is seeking LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new facility is expected to come online Summer of 2018.