WARREN, Ind. (WANE) - Golfo di Napoli Dairy announced Thursday it will build a commercial organic cheese plant in the town of Warren in Huntington County which will create 35 jobs.
According to a news release from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Golfo di Napoli Dairy is a newly established venture which will be owned and operated by a team of fourth generation cheese producers from Italy.
The company plans to invest $9.5 million to establish the plant on a 40-acre site along Interstate-69 at Exit 278 in Warren. The plant, which will utilize USDA certified organic milk from Fair Oaks Farms, will produce mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, provolone and other cheeses made using the pasta filata technique, which is traditionally used in the Naples region.
“We chose Indiana because we believe that it is the perfect location to produce authentic Neapolitan mozzarella, serving customers across the Midwest,” said Antonio Somma, president of Golfo di Napoli Dairy. “This facility and our partnership with Fair Oaks Farm will allow us to expand our cheese production expertise to the U.S. Local organic milk with incredible Italian taste, as we like to say.”
The company, which has already acquired the land, plans to begin construction in September once the appropriate permits are finalized. Golfo di Napoli Dairy expects to begin hiring for the new facility before the end of 2018 in order to begin production in February 2019.