Cheese Merchants moves into bigger facility to meet demand
In response to increased demand, Cheese Merchants of America announced that it has moved into a larger facility in Bartlett, Ill. According to a press release, the new facility, at 277,000 square feet, is more than two and a half times larger than its previous location.
"The move into this new facility sets the stage for us to expand our cheese processing operation and more efficiently and effectively serve customers," VP of Sales Jim Smart, said in the release.
The new facility allows CMA to immediately double its capacity from processing 60 million pounds annually to more than 120 million pounds. And in anticipation of future growth, the production capacity can double again, maxing out at 240 million pounds a year.
With the new location, the company installed two more grating lines, another shredding line, an additional canister filling line, two more cheese dryers and tripled its packaging area. In addition, CMA was able to completely streamline its manufacturing operation.