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Idaho Cheese Factory Adding Jobs

Officials with the Sorrento Lactalis cheese factory in Nampa say the company will add up to 50 manufacturing jobs in the next two years.

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) -- Officials with the Sorrento Lactalis cheese factory in Nampa say the company will add up to 50 manufacturing jobs in the next two years.

Vice President of Manufacturing Jean Claude Bruneau says the company is building a new $50 million whey processing facility in the area, that is expected to be completed in about 20 months. Whey is a byproduct of cheese manufacturing, and is use to make other cheese products and as an additive in processed foods.

Nampa Mayor Tom Dale says he's enthusiastic about the expansion, and that it will benefit the entire community.

Bruneau says the new facility will enable the cheese-processing plant to increase its production in three years from between 400,000 and 420,000 pounds of cheese per day to 600,000 pounds per day.

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