California Dairies, Inc. to Close One of Its Six Plants
Month after month and year after year declining California milk production has claimed its first victim. Citing those reduced milk volumes, California Dairies, Inc., (CDI) announced this week it is closing its Los Banos processing plants March 17.
The Los Banos facility makes cream cheese and Neufchatel, a soft, slightly crumbly, mold-ripened cheese. CDI will exit these businesses, but will continue to operate its five other manufacturing facilities and no other product segments will be affected, officials say.
Reduced milk volumes and the cost of operating the 93-year-old facility were cited as the reasons for closing the plant, says Andrei Mikhalevsky, CDI CEO. Sixty-three workers will be displaced by the shutdown.
CDI is California’s largest dairy company, processing 43% of the state’s milk production. Read more on the closing here.