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

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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

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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 […]