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City of Las Cruces announces Saputo Cheese USA expansion

LAS CRUCES – The City of Las Cruces recently announced the expansion of the Saputo Cheese USA facility, at 355 Crawford Blvd., at the Las Cruces Innovation and Industrial Park on the West Mesa.

The expansion has created close to 300 new full-time jobs and includes capital investments of $30 million, four years ahead of the company’s target date of completion — Dec. 31, 2026. The expansion built four new string cheese manufacturing plants.

Saputo Cheese is one of the top three cheese producers in the United States, according to the city, and currently employs 400 people in Las Cruces.

The City of Las Cruces provided $300,000 from the Local Economic Development Act and oversees the disbursement of $2.5 million from the state of New Mexico to spur the growth.

“This is a monumental project for the City of Las Cruces, and we applaud Saputo for their commitment to growth and expansion in Las Cruces,” said Ifo Pili, city manager of Las Cruces. “In addition to creating high-paying, full-time jobs in southern New Mexico, Saputo’s expansion helps us to bolster our agricultural industry and our local economy as a whole.”

“Las Cruces is not only a welcoming community, but it is a strategic location for the distribution of cheese across the country,” said Hiram Roman-Chavez, Saputo Cheese’s director of human resources at the Las Cruces plant. “We are close to the border as well as dairies. And it’s a natural bridge to both California and Wisconsin.”

For more information on the Las Cruces Innovation & Industrial Park, go to Las Cruces Innovation & Industrial Park.

Additional information can be found here.

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