Vermont Creamery is expanding its operations. The company recently broke ground on a facility expansion project. The production facility expansion will take place over three phases, increasing the company's Websterville, Vermont, footprint by 38 percent, including the renovation of the existing fresh cheese facility. All three phases have a target completion date of October 1, 2020.
“Today, we start a new chapter in our story that began 35 years ago on a small goat farm in Vermont,” said Adeline Druart, President of Vermont Creamery. “As we scale our business and prepare for the growth ahead, we will not only increase our plant capacity but also leverage our new infrastructure to further our mission, spur innovation, and fortify our company culture.”
According to a press release, as the facilities expand, so will the creamery’s workforce. Currently, Vermont Creamery staffs over 100 full-time employees and plans to add more full-time positions. The facility expansion will include work from Engelberth Construction of Colchester, Vermont, and architects and engineers from McMahon Group of Neenah, Wisconsin.
“As a nearly 100-year-old farmer-owned cooperative, Land O’Lakes has always believed we can achieve more by working together,” said Chris Roberts, Executive Vice President of Land O'Lakes and President of Dairy Foods. “Together, Land O’Lakes and Vermont Creamery share an appreciation for purpose, people, and high-quality products, and together, we are learning, growing, and advancing the industry. This expansion is an exciting next step in our journey.”
The second phase supports infrastructure updates, including equipment, refrigeration, heating system, loading docks, and warehousing and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020. Phase three will include employee enrichment and welfare areas like common break areas, locker rooms, and training facilities. In the third quarter of 2020, completion of phase three is expected.
Minnesota-based Land O’Lakes, a farmer-owned cooperative, purchased Vermont Creamery in 2017. Since the acquisition, Land O’Lakes has invested in the company's infrastructure in Websterville, Vermont, to facilitate business growth, increase product distribution, and grow its workforce.
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