The cheese just keeps getting better for Plymouth

KEEP EATING THAT CHEESE. That’s the message Plymouth would have for the rest of the world.

The more cheese people eat, the better it is for Plymouth’s economy, and there’s growing evidence of that all around us – literally.

You need look no further than the city’s newest industrial park on County PP and Willow Road.

That’s where GTS (Glacier Transit and Storage) has begun construction of an 85,000-square foot refrigerated cheese storage facility. This is the first phase of what could eventually be a 400,000-square foot warehouse.

What will become GTS’s flagship facility joins one of Plymouth’s major cheese producers, Sartori Foods, in the city’s newest industrial park. Sartori’s state-of-the-art cheese converting facility on County PP was the first occupant of the industrial park and has helped spur continuing growth at that company, including at its downtown Plymouth facilities.

Masters Gallery Foods has taken out a building permit for an $8.5 million expansion of their plant on County PP near State 67.

The 32,000-square foot addition to the bulk cooler on the south side of the plant is the first phase of a project that will nearly double the size of the Masters Gallery facility and is expected to add at least 50 new jobs.

Sargento Foods, the persnickety cheese people who have been keeping Plymouth famous for fine cheeses for more than half a century, recently won Plan Commission approval for two additional storage buildings on their campus.

One of those will be a 70-foot tall tower – an apt symbol for the towering importance cheese plays in the local economy.

Other cheese companies in the area, like Great Lakes Cheese and Dairy Farmers of America (Borden’s). have seen similar expansions over the past decade, bucking the trend of a sluggish economy in so many other sectors.

One common thread in all of these expansions is the commitment of companies to Plymouth, the people who live and work here, and the quality of life that Plymouth has to offer to companies and their employees.

The fact that so many different companies have chosen not only to stay here but to expand and grow here speaks volumes about the kind of people who live and work here, their commitment to quality, hard work and creating a great product.

It could not have been possible without the support and encouragement of local officials at the city, county and state levels who are committed to seeing local companies and the local economic prosper and flourish.

It is a testament to the management of these companies, who have found a place to grow and succeed, and have provided the forwardlooking, visionary leadership to make it happen.

There are some who express concern that the predominance of the cheese industry in Plymouth is an unsafe reliance on one industry and one product, but the history of the World’s Cheese Center and current events would seem to allay those fears.

People always need to eat, whatever the economic situation, and cheese is a growing part of their appetites. Cheese has always been, and will continue to be, the foundation for Plymouth’s success and prosperity.

Although it might be nice to have a few home-grown vineyards and some nice local wines to go with all that cheese.

At issue:
More cheese expansion
Bottom line:
Strong business is great

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