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 Leprino Foods Cheese Plant Moves Into It’s Final Phrase  

Leprino Foods may soon be ready to begin a $10 million-plus third phase of its massive cheese manufacturing plant in east Greeley, Colorado.


Officials at the international cheese and milk products production factory asked the city of Greeley to extend an existing development agreement that would give the company a break on $200,000 in taxes it would normally pay on construction materials and equipment.

Leprino came to Greeley in 2008, promising upward of a $270 million investment, including land costs, $143 million for the plant and $122 million in equipment.

Construction on the 847,000-square-foot facility — its expected final footprint — began in 2010 after an extensive razing of the 100-year-old Western Sugar Factory, and the removal of 700,000 cubic yards of leftover lime deposits, the byproduct of years of processing sugar beets. Phase I and II are now complete, and the company has been operating for the past few years at 13th Street and 1st Avenue.

Company officials now plan to move onto the next two phases, “II B” and “III.”

“These next phases would include additional milk processing and significant capital investment in the form of new manufacturing and processing capability and equipment related to the production of various dairy products, exceeding $10 million in value,” reports a summary of the project for the council meeting Tuesday.

In 2012, Leprino began operations in its first phase producing dry goods from milk. In 2013, it began its Phase II, producing cheese and beginning its whey production.

At full operating capacity, the plant is expected to produce 700,000 pounds of cheese each day and employ 500.

Leprino Foods is headquartered in Denver and is the world’s largest processor of mozzarella cheese, with sales to more than 40 countries through nine manufacturing plants across the country, and a joint plant with another operator in the United Kingdom. The company also has a manufacturing plant in Fort Morgan.

Source Greeley Tribune


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