CHOBANI CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF WORLD’S LARGEST YOGURT MANUFACTURING PLANT IN TWIN FALLS, IDAHO
$450 Million, State-of-the-Art Facility Built in Just 326 Days
NORWICH, NY, December 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today Chobani, America’s #1 selling yogurt brand, celebrates the grand opening of its second domestic manufacturing facility. Located in Twin Falls, Idaho, Chobani has invested $450 million to build this one million square foot, world-class operation in less than 11 months.
Chobani broke ground on the 200-acre site in December 2011 and began construction earlier this year. Phases one and two of the project were completed in an unprecedented 326 days, thanks to the hard work and dedication of over 2,000 men and women who put in over 1.7 million man hours to build the state-of-the-art facility from the ground-up.
“At Chobani, we’re makers. Our business has been built one cup at a time, by the hands of our people,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, President and CEO of Chobani. “Today marks not only the opening of the world’s largest yogurt plant but symbolizes the revitalization of U.S. manufacturing. We believe that no other yogurt facility is comparable to the size, technology and efficiency displayed in our new Twin Falls site.”
Ulukaya added, “Twin Falls is our second home but will not replace our Central New York plant, which will continue to operate at full capacity. In fact, we will continue to grow and invest in our New York operations.”
Chobani’s presence in Idaho has already served as a catalyst for hundreds of new jobs and a significant positive economic impact in the region. More than 300 people have been employed at the Twin Falls plant, as production and distribution have already begun on new product innovations set to launch nationally in 2013. Additional hires are expected to come on board over the next several months.
“On behalf of the state of Idaho, I’m proud to welcome Hamdi and the extended Chobani family to Twin Falls,” said Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “We’ve been so impressed by this company and its people and have already seen the positive effect Chobani has had in this great state. We look forward to a long-lasting partnership and are excited about what the future will bring as Chobani continues to grow its roots here.”
Since choosing Twin Falls as its second home, Chobani has worked closely with the Twin Falls community in support of various local initiatives. In that time, Chobani has initiated a job training program in conjunction with the College of Southern Idaho and the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, Chobani’s charitable arm, has supported the Southern Idaho Children’s Learning Center and Twin Falls Rapids Soccer Club, among others.
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Maker of America’s #1 selling yogurt brand, authentic strained Chobani Greek Yogurt, Chobani was founded on the belief that people have great taste, they just need great options. That is why Chobani produces only the highest quality, best tasting products out of its New Berlin, N.Y. plant and its new one million square-foot production facility in Twin Falls, Idaho. As part of Chobani’s nothing but good philosophy, it is committed to supporting local farmers and strengthening its surrounding area economies. Chobani uses milk from local-area farms and gives 10% of its annual profits to charities worldwide through the Shepherd’s Gift Foundation, the company’s charitable arm. All Chobani products are Kosher certified, made with milk from cows not treated with rBST and provide five live and active cultures, including three strains of probiotics and two times more protein than regular yogurt. Chobani Greek Yogurt is available nationwide, as well as in Australia, the UK and Canada. Chobani also proudly makes Chobani Champions, its children’s line of Greek Yogurt, which is available throughout the country. For more information, please visit chobani.com or connect with Chobani on Facebook at Facebook.Com/chobani.