JEROME — Commercial Creamery Co. will break ground on a $7 million expansion this spring.
The new facility will be more than 10,000 square feet and help the company ramp up its production of cheese powders in downtown Jerome, Operations Manager Will Gilmartin told the Times-News. Commercial Creamery has 130 full-time employees.
The expansion should be completed by October or November.
“It’ll allow us to continue to grow like we’ve been growing,” Gilmartin said. “Eventually, we’ll decommission older equipment.”
His conservative estimate is that production will grow 20 to 30 percent when the new equipment comes online.
Commercial Creamery’s headquarters are in Spokane, Wash., but all of its production is out of its Jerome facility. The company produces cheese powders, which it uses to make snack seasonings, sauce mixes and dip mixes for other companies.
“We do a lot of snack seasonings for potato chips and Dorito-style chips,” Gilmartin said.
The new building will be constructed just south of the existing facility. The company worked with the city to get the right-of-way for the road that dead ends at its property. Commercial Creamery will reroute and upgrade the city’s sewer line there, Gilmartin said.
City Administrator Mike Williams previously told the Times-News that he sees 2018 as a banner year for the community.
“It’s exciting to see that type of investment in our downtown,” he said.
He also hinted at several more industrial investments he expects to see in Jerome this year.