Hilmar Cheese will expand, add 100 jobs
Although many companies have recently had to downsize or close due to financial problems, one cheese company is planning to expand. Mike North at the Modesto Bee has the story:
Hilmar Cheese Co., a private corporation founded in 1984, plans to add an administration building in a field across August Avenue from its visitor center.
Officials expect the move to generate about 100 jobs in addition to the estimated 770 positions already at the Hilmar facility and 330 positions at the company's Dalhart, Texas, site.
The Hilmar area has the lowest unemployment rate in Merced County at 9.9 percent — much of that because of Hilmar Cheese.
Although the company is in the early planning stages, groundbreaking probably will happen in late spring or early summer, said Denise Skidmore, director of public relations for Hilmar Cheese. The project is going through the county's permit process.