Plant wants water with its cheese

By Jack King While the Clovis City Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with Southwest Cheese Co., the company is still in discussions over water rights and water services with the state of New Mexico and New Mexico American Water Co., city officials said Monday. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp., […]

Waste water agreement reached in city meeting

City employee Jimmy Martinez inspects an aerator tank Monday at the city’s waste water treatment plant. Martinez said the plant handles between 2.5 and 3 million gallons of waste water per day. CNJ staff photo: Rick White. By Jack King Clovis city commissioners approved three items related to waste water infrastructure for Southwest Cheese at […]

Cheese plant will bring jobs, but worries for some

By Glen Seeber Cheese is the bait. Jobs are the target. Chase Gentry, executive director of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said a proposed cheese-processing plant could directly and indirectly produce more than 1,000 jobs if it opens as planned in 2005. But some area residents have concerns about the plans. “We need the economic value […]

Building of cheese plant could begin in January

By Glen Seeber If funding for an expansion to Clovis’ wastewater treatment plant is approved during a special city commission meeting on Monday, groundbreaking for a multi-million dollar cheese-processing plant could happen as early as January. “I would be a little out of line if I predicted how the vote would go, but I am […]

City commission needs time to discuss water issues

By Jack King The City Commission postponed discussion of funding mechanisms for the Southwest Cheese plant Thursday, saying plant officials and the city need more time to complete discussion on water issues. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, told the commission he, city officials, Southwest Cheese plant officials and officials of […]

Community tries to build on ‘success dilemma’

By Jack King As Mayor David Lansford told the audience in a noon talk at Friday’s economic development forum at Clovis Community College, the secret of successful economic development is organization and planning. Approximately 75 community leaders met Friday to discuss issues, brainstorm and plan for the future. “Economic development has a different meaning for […]

Southwest Cheese Company hopes to begin construction within months

Eric Butler Engineering, architectural and construction firms have been lined up as work on a $200 million cheese processing plant south of Clovis is expected to begin within the next three months. And a name for the plant, which will provide around 200 permanent jobs when operational, has been selected. Officials hope that the Southwest […]

Economy should see boom

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cheese production plants in two eastern New Mexico cities have had major economic impacts on those communities, according to business and city officials in those communities. The plants provided a major source of new employment to Lovington, which is trying to diversify an economy largely based on oil and natural gas, […]

Udall congratulates area on landing cheese plant

Rep Tom Udall, D-N.M. (center) walks down Main Street in Clovis during a Monday visit. Udall congratulated area officials on landing the Glanbia cheese plant. Photo by Rick White. By Jack King On a visit to Curry County some years ago, U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., watched in amazement as a local dairyman loaded containers […]

Cheese plant latest sign of region’s attractiveness

The region’s near-euphoric state of awe these days is the outgrowth of a heap of economic development announcements in recent months. Our collective awe grew larger with Thursday’s announcement that a $200 million cheese plant will be built south of Clovis. The state-of-the-art plant will serve West Texas and eastern New Mexico dairies, including the […]

The Big Cheese

Clovis dairyman Wayne Palla, who owns 3,000 head of cattle in New Mexico and another 1,000 in Texas, looks forward to seeing his milk turned into cheese by the Glanbia plant being built in Clovis. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Haley Wachdorf ALBUQUERQUE — Clovis may not be the largest city in New Mexico, […]

Cheese plant a big boost to the area’s economy

By Gary Mitchell The new $200 million cheese plant will have a greater impact on the area economy than many people realize, local officials said. “The cheese plant will create 2,000 jobs in the area in spinoff industries, according to the Dairy Farmers of America,” said Gene Hendrick, a consultant for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber […]

Plant water use relatively low

By Mike Linn Weighing water usage at a cheese plant against usage on agriculture farms is like comparing gas consumption in a Honda Civic to a fuel-guzzling sport utility vehicle. Suffice it to say a cheese plant comparatively gets good water mileage. Curry County officials also say water extracted from milk to make cheese can […]

“Major jobs’ on horizon for region

CNJ Staff ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici and Gov. Bill Richardson this morning will unveil news about “major jobs and economic development” in eastern New Mexico, according to a press advisory released Wednesday. “It deals with the dairy industry,” said Chris Gallegos, a spokesman in Domenici’s office. “It will be big news for Curry […]

Dairy industry, Irish firm about to say ‘cheese’

By Mike Linn A cheese plant in the area took a step closer to becoming a reality on Wednesday when dairy officials announced that advanced negotiations have started to build a $170 million cheese plant in the eastern New Mexico/West Texas region. The plant will be complete by the latter part of 2005, will staff […]

Ethanol plant escapes fines for dumping

By Mike Linn Scientific test results show an ethanol byproduct spill in Melrose in mid-September contaminated the area’s soil, forcing a local ethanol manufacturing company to clean up the mess. High Plains Ethanol officials dug up the soil and disposed of it at a licensed landfill and received no fines for the mishap, said Christina […]