Nearly a million chickens killed in fire

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Smoke continued curling skyward Friday after a fire at Cal-Maine Foods egg farm burned down four laying houses and killed an estimated 800,000 hens. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Nearly a million chickens died in Thursday’s fire at Cal-Maine Foods in Parmer County, Texas, a company spokesperson said today. […]

Southwest Cheese plant expanding

A $90 million expansion at Southwest Cheese will increase its milk processing capacity by a third and bring approximately 50 full-time jobs to the area. Production at the Clovis plant is expected to increase from 7 million pounds of milk processed a day to 10.5 million pounds and a daily production capacity of 1.1 million […]

City commissioners to decide on lease agreement for biodiesel plant

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission meets at 5:15 p.m. today at the North Annex of the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Items on the agenda include: • A request to issue $100 million in industrial revenue bonds for the Southwest Chese plant. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said the bonds would go towards […]

City officials thinking green

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City leaders in Clovis are seeing green these days when they look at water from the treatment plant. Green like the color of money. Members of the city’s water policy advisory committee decided Wednesday there is big money to be made by selling effluent — the non-drinkable water discharged […]

Abengoa shuts down temporarily

Freedom New Mexico Abengoa Bioenergy in Portales is shutting down temporarily, according to Chris Standlee, executive vice president of the ethanol production plant. Standlee said Wednesday that the plant is “laying off some staff” because of the “general economy in the industry.” “We’re operating plants the best we can under market conditions,” he said. Some […]

Cargill looks to increase involvement in community

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cargill Meat Solutions representatives gave city and county officials a tour of the 4,500-cattle-a-day meat processing plant located in Friona on Thursday. Human Resources Manager Margaret Renteria said the company would like more involvement in eastern New Mexico communities since almost a quarter of the plant’s 2,000 employees live […]

May 9, 2008 Reporter’s Notebook: Southwest Cheese wins awards

Southwest Cheese CEO Fred Stephenson said he was pleasantly surprised when he learned the plant’s Monterey Jack entries won first and third place in March at the 2008 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wis. It was the first time the company entered the contest, which included 1,753 entries from 19 countries, the chief executive […]

Fourth graders to plant trees

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Egg processing plant on way

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer An egg-processing plant near Farwell will soon be operational. The Mississippi-based Cal-Maine Foods plant began construction in September 2007, and recently had its first delivery of baby chicks, said Tim Dawson, vice president and chief financial officer. The company hatches the chicks at its hatchery in Mendenhall, Miss., then […]

Second biofuel plant delayed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer An Australian company that plans to turn animal fat into biodiesel is delaying the construction of a plant in Clovis by two to three months, company CEO Ross Garrity said Monday.