New Wal-Mart milk plant to employ 200 in Indiana

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to build a multimillion-dollar milk-processing plant on 80 acres of farmland south of Fort Wayne International Airport, state officials announced Friday.

The plant is expected to employ more than 200 people making an average wage of $19 an hour by the end of 2017, a company spokesman told The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne.

Construction of the 250,000-square-foot plant at Brandenberger Farm is scheduled to begin this summer. The property already has been leveled and prepared for development.

The plant will supply white and chocolate milk under the Great Value and Member’s Mark brands to more than 600 Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and northern Kentucky.

Wal-Mart said it employs more than 38,000 associates across Indiana and operates 10 distribution centers in the state.

Indiana is home to 21 dairy processing plants and 14 farmstead operations, and  ranks No. 14 in the nation in milk production and No. 2 in ice cream production.

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