The company’s analysis of its production network, the milk collection area and the sales channels led to the proposed site being located in the industrial zone of the city of Mechernich in Obergartzem.
The new plant will process around 800m liters of milk and have more than 250 employees turning milk into dairy products. The raw milk processed in the new plant will comes from the cooperative’s farmer-owners, with about 1,250 farmers of the 3,000 members in the catchment area of the new plant.
Hochwald said if the city council approves the site, the land purchase agreements could be signed at the end of next week.
Detlef Latka, CEO of Hochwald Foods GmbH, said the construction is a part of the company’s 2020 strategy to develop into an international, marketing-oriented milk specialist.
Thorsten Oberschmidt, chief operating officer at Hochwald, said construction at the Mechernich plant would take approximately two-and-a-half years.
Hochwald’s most recent plant, a facility for production of baby and children’s ingredients, in Hünfeld, Hessen, opened in 2016 after two years of construction.
Officials in Mechernich said the new project was positive for the entire district of Euskirchen, with more companies and suppliers expected to follow, creating additional jobs in the region.