Magic Valley Quality Milk Producers (MVQMP) announced plans for a $20 million expansion to its plant in Jerome, Idaho. According to Alan Stutzman, the company’s general manager, the project will take 12 months to complete.

Founded more than 20 years ago as a milk marketing cooperative, Jerome-based MVQMP is a supplier of raw milk. Although the company’s membership and board of directors recognize that it is important to maintain a good relationship with raw milk customers, they also realize that it is necessary to expand into the processing of milk in order to continue to be sustainable, MVQMP said. As a result of the investment, MVQMP will be able to market ultra-filtered skim milk, condensed skim milk, and cream.

The project will involve the construction of a two-truck bay milk receiving building; expansion of the existing process area with new processing equipment; a build-out of steam, electrical and refrigeration systems; and additional office and employee facilities.

“We’re happy to see Magic Valley Quality Milk Producers growing in their Jerome location,” said David Davis, mayor of Jerome. “It’s a great compliment to the city as a whole when businesses expand at their current locations. They are a terrific company, and we’re grateful for their investment in Jerome.”