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Walmart milk plant opens in Fort Wayne, brings 300 jobs

The plant hired nearly 200 Walmart associates and created over 100 new jobs in the dairy industry.

Posted: Jun 13, 2018 4:20 PM
Updated: Jun 14, 2018 10:20 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A 250,000 square foot Walmart milk processing plant is now open right here in Allen County. Construction first began on the plant back in 2016.

The plant hired nearly 200 Walmart associates and created over 100 new jobs in the dairy industry. Governor Eric Holcomb was there for the unveiling Wednesday, and even sampled the product.

"Today is such a great day. One, two, three. Economy, infrastructure, and the workers, boom," Governor Holcomb said.

The milk processing plant is Walmart's first instance of processing food in the United States. They'll manufacture all fat levels, chocolate milk, and the labels.

Indiana is already home to 21 dairy processing plants, making us 14th in the United States in milk production. This plant on Pleasant Center Road, will supply milk to nearly 500 Walmart stores in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and parts of Illinois and Kentucky.

"To be able to do this here, to be able to supply five states with our area farmers, this is a big deal," Governor Holcomb said.

It's a big deal for Indiana, Allen County, and local dairy farmers like Tina Dirksen.

"I feel like it is a blessing that this opportunity came to us. It's a new opportunity, and our operation will be able to be much more efficient by just bringing our milk thirty miles away to Fort Wayne, Indiana," Dirksen said.

She said things will look up financially, but day to day operations and milk production will stay the same.

"Our milk belonged to a co-op, and through the co-op they decided where the milk would go, so it could change on the basis of whenever they wanted it to change. And now, we are independent, so we will bring all of our milk here to Walmart," she said.

Milk is already being bottled, and operations will be in full swing later in the year.

Walmart also presented $10,000 in grant money to local agriculture organizations following the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 708779

Reported Deaths: 13226
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion966191721
Lake51761946
Allen39224672
Hamilton34549405
St. Joseph34157541
Elkhart27356432
Vanderburgh22081394
Tippecanoe21853212
Porter17935299
Johnson17544374
Hendricks16822310
Clark12697190
Madison12353337
Vigo12219244
Monroe11469166
LaPorte11162204
Delaware10366184
Howard9664211
Kosciusko9134114
Hancock7990139
Bartholomew7893155
Warrick7691155
Floyd7563176
Wayne6906198
Grant6844171
Boone6556100
Morgan6405138
Dubois6085117
Marshall5786108
Dearborn570376
Cass5685102
Henry5579101
Noble542683
Jackson493569
Shelby479495
Lawrence4342118
Gibson429089
Harrison428570
Clinton419753
Montgomery418086
DeKalb411184
Whitley380239
Huntington379880
Miami372865
Knox366689
Steuben365757
Putnam353160
Jasper350946
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Ripley334668
Jefferson313180
White308454
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Greene270785
Posey268833
Scott261153
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Pike130334
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Newton104234
Brown100140
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Benton97113
Martin82915
Warren79715
Switzerland7698
Union69910
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1054807

Reported Deaths: 18991
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1225191356
Cuyahoga1074592069
Hamilton783261168
Montgomery50176996
Summit45557909
Lucas40298765
Butler37768570
Stark31513895
Lorain24246473
Warren23910293
Mahoning20946583
Lake20067362
Clermont19459229
Delaware18085130
Licking16149207
Fairfield15757197
Trumbull15627460
Medina14922259
Greene14706236
Clark13660293
Wood12806185
Portage12431196
Allen11352229
Richland11067198
Miami10548214
Muskingum8717127
Wayne8594209
Columbiana8569226
Pickaway8439121
Marion8390135
Tuscarawas8387240
Erie7600154
Hancock6730123
Ross6707146
Geauga6553146
Ashtabula6530165
Scioto6295101
Belmont5634158
Union558447
Lawrence5470102
Jefferson5343147
Huron5314114
Darke5273121
Sandusky5189120
Seneca5139120
Washington5087107
Athens503856
Auglaize476284
Mercer471984
Shelby456590
Knox4397108
Madison423959
Putnam421799
Ashland413488
Fulton410567
Defiance404296
Crawford3883101
Brown386955
Logan374476
Preble371098
Clinton362160
Ottawa357978
Highland347459
Williams328674
Champaign321557
Jackson308551
Guernsey307549
Perry290549
Fayette278048
Morrow275939
Hardin264764
Henry264366
Coshocton259857
Holmes253499
Van Wert239262
Pike233831
Gallia233446
Adams229152
Wyandot227553
Hocking209759
Carroll189447
Paulding168838
Meigs141738
Noble132937
Monroe128941
Morgan106823
Harrison105636
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