Food Engineering

Plant Openings & Expansions: September 2011

September 1, 2011

Agro Farma, maker of Chobani Greek-style yogurt, will expand its operations in New Berlin, NY. The $90 million project is expected to add about 450 jobs to its already existing roster of nearly 400 employees.


The Dannon Company Inc. plans to expand its 400,000-sq.-ft. Minster, OH plant to increase production capacity. The $88 million expansion is expected to add 100 new jobs over the next three years. The facility currently employs more than 400 workers.


Turtle Island Foods, maker of Tofurky and other soy-based products, is building a 33,000-sq.-ft., $10 million production facility in Hood River, OR. The riverfront facility will employ as many 100 people and is expected to open in 2012. The 31-year-old company expects a 25 percent sales growth in 2011.


Michter’s Distillery LLC will build a small production facility in the historical Fort Nelson Building in Louisville, KY. The facility will be open to the public with educational tours and tastings. Michter’s production includes very small batch bourbons, single-barrel bourbon and ryes and unblended American whiskey.


Golden Boy, a Canadian company, is opening a peanut butter plant in Troy, AL. The new plant will be staffed with 65 people in 2012, and is expected to increase to 130 within two years.