Italian Cheese Producers to Launch Plant in Northeast Indiana

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(Image courtesy of the town of Warren.) (Image courtesy of the town of Warren.)
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A startup cheese maker has announced $9.5 million plans to locate its facility in Huntington County. Golfo di Napoli Dairy, which will use organic milk from Fair Oaks Farm in northwest Indiana to produce multiple cheese varieties, says it will create 35 jobs over the next two years. Production in Warren is expected to begin in February.

The owners and operators of the new plant, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says, are fourth-generation cheese makers from Italy. The 30,000 square-foot facility will be located on 40 acres near I-69 in northeast Indiana, producing mozzarella, burrata, ricotta and provolone. Golfo di Napoli Dairy President Antonio Somma says "we chose Indiana because we believe that it is the perfect location to produce authentic Neapolitan mozzarella, serving customers across the Midwest. This facility and our partnership with Fair Oaks Farm will allow us to expand our cheese production expertise to the U.S. Local organic milk with incredible Italian taste, as we like to say."

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, who is the state's secretary of agriculture, says "with nearly 1,000 Hoosier dairies and 26 dairy processing plants, Golfo di Napoli Dairy will have quick and plentiful access to fresh milk, making Indiana the perfect fit for its first U.S. production facility."

The state says Golfo di Napoli Dairy will make 30 Italian-owned business with operations in Indiana, which employ nearly 114,000 Hoosiers. The IEDC has offered the company up to $300,000 in conditional tax credits and the Huntington County Board of Commissioners has approved grant funds for the project.

Construction is slated to begin next month and hiring could begin by year's end. You can connect to more about the announcement by clicking here.

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