In August, Hilmar Cheese announced it was expanding its capacity by 20 percent, pushing production to more than 1 million pounds of cheese per day. On Wednesday, the company said it will increase capacity at its Dalhart facility by another 20 percent.
“We currently process about 220 truckloads of milk each day. This will increase capacity by 40 truckloads per day,” said Denise Skidmore, director of education and spokeswoman for the company.
The company completed its most recent expansion this year.
Hilmar started building the plant near Dalhart in 2005 and went into production in 2007. It has expanded several times since then, doubling production in 2010 and adding capabilities since then, like enhancing water conservation and recycling.
Work on the expansion should be finished next year. The cost of the construction is confidential, but Skidmore said in August the company had invested more than $250 million since it began the plant.
“Texas continues to be a great place to invest in cheese processing with plenty of available milk and a very stable, regulated milk pricing environment,” said David Ahlem, chief operating officer.