Plant to Open in Arizona

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Franklin Foods Inc., a cream cheese company, announced plans to open a manufacturing facility in Casa Grande, Arizona. Production is expected to begin in early 2013.

The plant in Casa Grande would be the second manufacturing facility for Delray Beach, Fla.-based Franklin Foods. It would expand the company’s rapidly growing food service, industrial, retail, private label and international businesses. The Casa Grande plant also would help meet demand for Franklin’s recently launched Greek cream cheese.

Franklin Foods was established in Enosburg Falls, Vt., in 1899 and has a rich tradition of supporting local New England dairy farmers by purchasing fresh milk and cream from nearby farms and suppliers. The company will continue this tradition in Arizona by purchasing local milk and cream from United Dairymen of Arizona.

Franklin Foods’ state-of-the-art, 90,000-square-foot facility in Casa Grande will produce a full line of cultured cream cheese and cream cheese-based products, including the newly announced and industry first Greek cream cheese. The facility is expected to create 59 new jobs over the next two years.

Source: Casa Grande Dispatch