Walmart’s newest milk processing plant has opened in south Fort Wayne.
The 250,000 square foot plant at 2150 W. Pleasant Center Road, just north of Interstate 469 off Bluffton Road, officially opened Wednesday. Bottling began last week and the plant will be at full production later this year.
Milk will be sourced from nearly 30 dairy farms in Indiana and Michigan, the farms an average of 140 miles from the plant. The plant will produce Great Value white and chocolate milk for nearly 500 Walmart stores in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.
“This new plant is a perfect example of the kinds of efficiencies Walmart seeks in our supply chain to benefit our customers,” said Tony Airoso, senior vice president of sourcing strategy for Walmart. “Farmers and associates in Indiana have been critical in getting us to this point. As we begin to bottle milk for our customers in the area, they will continue to be the biggest factor in our success.”
Walmart hired nearly 200 new workers for its milk processing and transportation. A press release said the plant also “created over 100 additional jobs in the Hoosier dairy industry.”
Gov. Eric Holcomb attended Wednesday’s event at the plant.
“This new facility is a vote of confidence in our state, in the northeast Indiana region and the Fort Wayne community,” said Holcomb. “Even more, it’s a vote of confidence in our people. Today, we celebrate 300 new jobs for talented Hoosiers. That’s great news for those employees and their families, and it’s more evidence that Indiana is on a roll with its pro-business climate and skilled workforce.”