New US cheese processing facility will produce biogas

A US cheese company will build a new state-of-the-art cheese and whey protein processing plant and produce biogas in Dodge City, Kansas.

Hilmar Cheese Company, founded in 1984, is one of the world’s largest producers of US-style cheese and whey products. The new facility is expected to create 247 new jobs and represents $460 million in capital investment. The project is estimated to bring a further $550 million in capital investment and 750 new jobs within a 50-mile radius of Dodge City by late 2023.

The new facility will showcase sustainable solutions. Hilmar Cheese Company said it prides itself on sustainable practices and has adopted the US Dairy Stewardship Commitment and goal to achieve a net-zero dairy industry by 2050.

“One of the biggest advantages for both Hilmar Cheese Company and Dodge City is the cohesive nature of our sustainability efforts,” said Nick Hernandez, city manager. “They have a standing commitment to being stewards of the environment, much like Dodge City, and through this mutually beneficial partnership, we will be able to further utilise our wastewater for crop irrigation and biogas production.”

Governor Laura Kelly commented: “Our first-class workforce and central location make Kansas one of the best places in the nation to do business. It’s great to see another major food manufacturer like Hilmar choose to put their trust in our state and Dodge City for their newest facility.”

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