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Yogurt manufacturer Chobani plans to open a second domestic manufacturing plant as part of its continued strategic growth initiative.
Chobani expects to invest more than $100 million to build a state-of-the-art, high-capacity production facility on 200 acres of agricultural and industrial land in Twin Falls, Idaho. The new facility will enable consumers’ to more easily find their favorite Chobani products in stores as well as enhance Chobani’s ability to bring product innovations to market.
“We visited numerous possible sites over the past several months and met a lot of great people along the way.” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chobani CEO and founder. “It was a hard decision to make, but in the end, we chose Twin Falls due to its abundant milk supply, skilled labor force and tight-knit local community. We’re looking forward to starting the next chapter of the Chobani story here in Idaho’s Magic Valley.”
Chobani’s “Nothing but Good” philosophy, which includes supporting local farmers, job creation, and community outreach, will be instrumental at their new site as the company begins to form roots in the Twin Falls community. Expected to be operational in 2012, the new plant is expected to employ about 400 people.
“We anticipate Chobani’s planned investment to result in an additional $200 million in regional sales,” said Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “Between construction activities, employment at the plant and the sourcing of local supplies like milk, there’s no question that the economic effect of Chobani’s new site will run deep throughout Southern Idaho, benefiting family farms as well as our dairy and construction industries.”
Chobani’s new Twin Falls site will not impact plans to move forward with their announced expansion for the company’s South Edmeston, N.Y. manufacturing plant.
For more information, visit www.chobani.com.