Yogurt Maker's Planned Expansion Will Create 400 New Jobs In Idaho

Greek yogurt jobs in IdahoThe Greek government may have it debt woes, but it appears Greek-style yogurt is a way to make money hand over fist -- at least in the U.S.

The treat's growing popularity is a boon for Chobani Greek Yogurt, manufactured by upstate New York-based Agro Farma, which announced plans this week to open a second plant in Idaho, creating 400 jobs.

In deciding to locate its new $100 million high-capacity production plant in Twin Falls, the company said that the city's proximity to "abundant milk supply, skilled labor force and tight-knit local community" ultimately made it the right choice, KTVB-TV reports.

The decision to build a new plant in the West follows Agro's recently unveiled plans to spend $200 million to expand its main plant in South Edmeston, N.Y., adding 450 jobs to its existing work force of 390, says The Associated Press.

Construction of the Idaho plant is planned to begin later this year with expectations of opening the facility sometime in 2012. Workers' wages will start at $14 an hour, the Twin Falls Times-News reports.

Among other cities the company considered were some in Nevada and California, also because of their location in the western half of the nation.

Founded in 2005 by Hamdi Ulukaya, a native of Turkey, Agro Farma is New York's largest dairy manufacturer.

The company introduced the Chobani brand, which is thicker than traditional yogurt, in 2007. It has grown to become the best-selling brand of cup yogurt in the U.S.

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Jensen Mott

I think this is very exciting! Any company that can create 400 jobs in a state should be celebrated. I love seeing companies like Yogurt Maker trying their best to expand so they can hire more people. It helps the company, and it helps the American economy!
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March 31 2014 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alena mauer

I love yogurt! It is great that this will create a lot of jobs. Especially since we are going through tough times right now.

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March 28 2014 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Puzo

Now that is some smart business expansion. To build a plant right next to the pivotal ingredient in Greek yogurt could be their best decision. I love how they also choose a location which is known for their tight knit interactions, I bet they will fill all the jobs quickly and be pleased with the work being done. I cannot wait to check their progress next year when they have had time to set up and begin production.

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February 19 2014 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is really good for the state of Idaho. They could use a lot more jobs and expansion. They don't seem to have very good business because they are so small but with many small increases like this they will flourish indefinitely. I hope that this company continues to expand and create jobs as well as others. Not to mention they make pretty good yogurt.
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January 31 2014 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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