Morning News-Lisa Lete
It's a new day for the longtime cheese plant in Blackfoot at 295 S. Ash St. The facility, which operated as Sartori Foods since 2006, has been taken over by Idaho-based Glanbia Foods out of Twin Falls. From left are Paul Ward, company lab technician; Nicole McPherson, operations administrator and Riley Wight, integration manager. Wight comes from Glanbia in Twin Falls and will be working at the Blackfoot plant throughout the transition.
Those driving by the Sartori cheese plant in Blackfoot the past couple of days may have noticed the building's new signs. On Tuesday, Glanbia Foods of Twin Falls, the world's largest producers of American-style cheese, announced that they purchased Sartori Foods on March 14, 2013.
All of Sartori's (approximately 70) employees were kept on to work for Glanbia. The workers say that "this is positive move for the company and Bingham County."
In a press release sent out on Tuesday, the company reported that "the acquisition is a key enabler to Glanbia's strategy to not only be the largest producer of American-style cheese, but to also be the most innovative producer of American-style cheese.
"This acquisition further demonstrates further demonstrates Glanbia's commitment to innovation and to the long-term sustainability of dairy in Idaho," said Jeff Williams, president and CEO of Glanbia Foods. "This manufacturing plant represents the 'right size' cheese plant that will allow us to take new product out of our Cheese Innovation Center to commercial scale in a reduced time cycle."
Williams said, "Glanbia will establish itself as a key partner in the Blackfoot community and will bring additional economic value to the area, as it has in other areas."
John Mutchler, EVP of Glanbia's supply chain said, "The Blackfoot plant has a long history of producing quality cheese. We are excited about the prospects of building on that tradition."
He added, "The plant is located in a region that has a strong local supply of high quality milk which will allow Glanbia to make gold-medal quality cheese that meets our customers' needs."
Glanbia has been headquartered in Idaho for 23 years where the company has experienced significant growth. With the help of over 1,000 employees, Glanbia and its sister company Southwest Cheese out of Clovis, N.M,, more than 880 million pounds of cheese are produced annually. Additionally, the company supplies cheese and value-added whey products to domestic customers, shipping dairy products to 30 countries across the globe.
Sartori Foods, maker of some of the world's finest artisan cheese, operated in Blackfoot since 2006 when the company purchased Antigo Cheese Co. out of Antigo, Wisc. and Blackfoot Cheese Co.