PHOTO by LEN EMERY
The Commonwealth Dairy has completed a $12 million expansion at its facility on Paul Road in Brattleboro.
BRATTLEBORO — Commonwealth Dairy has completed a $12 million expansion at its yogurt plant in Brattleboro.
The two-year-old company expects to add as many as 34 jobs to its existing workforce of 110.
The plant produces more than 125,000 cases of packaged yogurt a week, including its popular strained Greek yogurt.
The expansion adds more than 23,000 square feet to the facility, including a new processing line, new office and warehouse space, a new filling machine, fermentation tanks, wastewater treatment improvements and new whey processing and packaging equipment. All of the milk utilized by the plant comes from area farmers.
“Commonwealth’s rapid growth is welcome news in the Brattleboro area and to the entire state of Vermont,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a ceremony Friday. “I am particularly pleased that this company produces a value-added dairy product that supports Vermont farmers and our agricultural community.”
Shumlin said the jobs created by the company are a testimony to the strength of the state’s manufacturing sector.
Tom Moffitt, Commonwealth Dairy’s president and CEO, said the production and resulting expansion “has far exceeded our most optimistic projections.”
Ben Johnson, the company’s chief financial officer, credited the town of Brattleboro, the state Agency of Natural Resources and the state Agency of Commerce and Community Development for helping to make the “this project and expansion a success.”
Commonwealth Dairy is a joint venture between Ehrmann USA Holding, a U.S. subsidiary of Ehrmann AG, and Commonwealth Yogurt. Its principal owners are Tom Moffitt and Ben Johnson. The company manufactures private label, co-pack and branded class II dairy products, which are primarily yogurt products.
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