Governor: Plant means millions to region

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Left: Earth-moving equipment provides the background for the event. About 200 people turned out, including Gov. Bill Richardson. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Jack King With construction under way on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. Bill Richardson told an audience […]

Cheese plant to be 10th in employee numbers

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Soutwest Chees hard hats await major participants int he groundbreaking cermony for the new cheese plant Friday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Glen Seeber. CNJ STAFF When the Southwest Cheese Plant gets into full production, with an employment of 220, it will rank at 10th place among Clovis’ major employers. The top employer is Cannon Air […]

Cheese plant to boost state dairy industry

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In this aerial photo of the future Southwest Cheese plant location south of Clovis, dignitaries speak to a crowd of about 200 people Friday. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Jack King With construction begun on a 54-acre, $190 million cheese plant, Curry County is poised to become a power in the cheese-making world, Gov. […]

Cheese plant construction to begin

By Glen Seeber Ground breaking for the Southwest Cheese plant will be Feb. 6, Alan McEntee said Friday night at the conclusion of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. “It’s been a lot of months of hard work, coming to this point,” said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. […]

Mad cow disease fears lead to layoffs at beef plant

By Darrell Todd Maurina Company officials announced Friday that the Excel beef processing plants in Friona and Plainview will lay off about 100 to 150 people at each plant. The layoffs are due to bovine spongiform encephalitis, also known as “mad cow disease,” according to Bill Rupp, executive vice president of Excel. “A number of […]

Cheddar plant moving ahead

By Jack King Select Milk Producers of Artesia initiated the steps that led to a cheese plant coming to eastern New Mexico, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. The milk producers cooperative was looking for an outlet for its product. It wanted to locate a processor within a 60-mile area […]

2003: More business than usual

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad began the expansion of its railroad yard in Clovis this year, promising to add at least 80 jobs to the economy. CNJ FILE PHOTO By Jack King By all accounts, 2003 was a banner year for business in Clovis. Officials said commerce across the board grew at a record pace […]

Officials anxious over cheese in 2004

By Jack King Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said her hopes for 2004 can be summed up in one word: cheese. “We’re waiting for the first 600-pound block of cheese to come out of the plant,” she said. Glanbia Cheese has not yet broken ground on its projected $200 […]

Clovis weathers the storm

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By Darrell Todd Maurina Monday’s high winds blew down more than 20 power poles and knocked out power to about 500 customers of Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, including the Clovis wastewater treatment plant. Although the treatment plant lost its power source from 10 a.m. until shortly before 5 p.m., Lance Adkins, general manager of the electric […]

County funds will go to city for cheese plant

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to transfer $300,000 from the county’s environmental fund to the city of Clovis to help pay for a wastewater treatment system for the Southwest Cheese plant. But they said the money will not be transferred until other types of […]