Western Dairy bringing 65 new jobs to area

The Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation (RCCDC) announced today that Western Dairy Transport LLC (WDT) of Cabool, Missouri has purchased a 15 acre site in north Portales and will consolidate their Clovis and Portales operations in Portales, bringing at least 65 existing positions back to the community after a two month hiatus.

In recent months, WDT has won a number of new trucking contracts, and earlier this week the company purchased the former headquarters of New Mexico Machinery located at the southwest corner of New Mexico Highway 467 and US Highway 70 in north Portales. WDT has begun moving 65 employees from a temporary site in Curry County and is expected to hire dozens of additional workers in Portales as they diversify into non-dairy markets.

“We were fortunate to find this property at just the right time, and appreciate the help that Portales and the RCCDC provided to make sure we could operate and grow here, “said David Shelton, WDT’s Chief Executive Officer. The new Portales location includes several acres of paved surfaces, truck shops, and office space located directly adjacent to two highways.

Greg Fisher, RCCDC Director is pleased that WDT was able to return to Portales. “As of now, between WDT and Greatwide our transportation industry is already 30% larger than when it was at its peak in 2009.” Fisher went on to say that aside from receiving up to 100 net new jobs and millions of dollars in new payroll and investment as a result of WDT and Greatwide Logistics both being located in Portales, the community is now poised to expand in such areas as truck and tank servicing, motels, apartments, and warehousing.

“There are dozens of CDL driver and support staff openings in Portales right now,” said Fisher, and our good quality motels and rental properties are full.” The RCCDC is working to attract new apartments and affordable homes to this growing community of 17,000 dominated by food processing, Eastern New Mexico University, and a growing Air Force population.

About WDT:

Western Dairy Transport, LLC, is a dairy and fluid food product transportation service company that serves American dairy farmers and other dairy and food processing customers throughout the United States. They are ranked the 30th largest private trucking company in the US.