Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Chobani builds $450-million plant in 326 days

Chobani held the official opening of its $450-million plant at Twin Falls, Idaho, this week.

The one-million-square-foot plant was built in 326 days.

“At Chobani, we’re makers,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, president and chief executive officer of Chobani.

“Our business has been built one cup at a time, by the hands of our people.

“Today marks not only the opening of the world’s largest yogurt plant but symbolizes the revitalization of U.S. manufacturing.

“We believe that no other yogurt facility is comparable to the size, technology and efficiency displayed in our new Twin Falls site,” he said.

He said nothing about the company plans to build near Kingston, Ont.

The Kingston Whig-Standard newspaper indicated earlier this month that those plans have been scrapped and the city’s economic development officer blamed supply management.