Hilmar Cheese Plant To Open This Fall

February 22, 2024

The Hilmar Cheese plant in Dodge City is set to begin production by the end of the year, according to Director of Site Development Jeff Brock, a 22-year veteran engineer from the company. Construction began during the fall of 2022.

The $630 million project has the capacity to handle 260 tanker trucks of milk per day and has 450,000 square feet under its roof, Brock said. It’s projected to bring in $560 million to the local economy, fill 250 local jobs, and generate 1,000 peripheral jobs in departments like research and development, quality assurance, human resources, maintenance, production and supply chain.

What began in 1984 as a co-op in Hilmar, CA, now is the largest cheese and whey corporation in the world, with plants that process 14 million pounds of protein every day.