Chobani to open new facility in Idaho, local expansion plans not affected

By WKTV News

SOUTH EDMESTON, N.Y. - Chobani, America's #1 selling yogurt brand, has announced their plans to open a second domestic manufacturing plant as part of the company's continued strategic growth initiative.

Chobani officials say the company plans to invest over $100 million to build a state-of-the-art, high capacity production facility housed on 200 acres of agricultural and industrial land in Twin Falls, Idaho.

The new facility will enable consumers to more easily find their favorite Chobani products in stores as well as enhance Chobani's ability to bring exciting product innovations to market.

"We visited numerous possible sites over the past several months and met a lot of great people along the way." said Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO and Founder of Chobani. "It was a hard decision to make, but in the end, we chose Twin Falls due to its abundant milk supply, skilled labor force and tight knit local community. We're looking forward to starting the next chapter of the Chobani story here in Idaho's Magic Valley."

Company officials say Chobani's "Nothing but Good" philosophy, which includes supporting local farmers, job creation, and community outreach, will be instrumental at their new site as the company begins to form roots in the Twin Falls community. Expected to be operational in 2012, the opening of the new plant is expected to create around 400 new jobs.

"We anticipate Chobani's planned investment to result in an additional $200 million in regional sales. Between construction activities, employment at the plant and the sourcing of local supplies like milk, there's no question that the economic effect of Chobani's new site will run deep throughout Southern Idaho, benefiting family farms as well as our dairy and construction industries." said Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. "We're thrilled Chobani chose Twin Falls as their second home."

Chobani's new Twin Falls site will not impact plans to move forward with their announced expansion for the company's landmark South Edmeston, N.Y. manufacturing plant.

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