Shamrock Farms to build $50 million Virginia facilities
Arizona-based Shamrock Farms, one of the largest family owned and operated dairies in the country, announced the construction of a new $50 million state-of-the-art dairy manufacturing facility in Virginia. The announcement was made during a ground breaking ceremony in Augusta County, Virginia with the Governor of Virginia, Augusta County Economic Development representatives and Shamrock Farms executives. This national expansion and increased capacity will allow Shamrock Farms to provide more great-tasting and innovative new milk and milk-based products to people across the country.
Shamrock Farms has long been a leader in the dairy industry and its brands are helping move the dairy category forward, well beyond the traditional gallon of milk. For the past decade, Shamrock Farms has been developing new products and new categories, and the second production facility will help propel the company’s innovation even further.
Among the key new product introductions are Shamrock Farms on the go mmmmilk and Rockin’ Refuel protein fortified milk beverages used by sports teams in 150 colleges and universities nationwide. The brand has also expanded its national business in convenience stores, grocery and quick service restaurants such as Subway, Arby’s and Einstein Brothers. Both products will be manufactured at the new facility.
“This is a key milestone in our company’s more than 90 year history, and a natural next step as we continue to achieve even further national growth,” said Kent McClelland, who is the third-generation of McClelland family leadership. “The Shamrock Farms brand stands for Real.Fresh.Ideas, which means a commitment to innovation and to providing authentic, high-quality dairy products.”
Shamrock Farms will now have dual manufacturing capabilities, allowing us to better serve our customers and the U.S. population. The new facility will increase production capacity and better position us to respond to increasing demand. The new facility will feature the latest in extended shelf life (ESL) technology, which allows milk to stay fresher, longer. Shamrock Farms was among the first dairies in the country to introduce ESL technology more than 10 years ago.
Construction will begin in the coming months, and the facility is expected to open in late 2014. It will be 130,000 square feet initially, with room for expansion. Once completed, the plant will employ up to 60 people. Shamrock Farms will source its milk from Virginia-area farmers, and will ensure that it meets the same high quality standards as Shamrock’s farm in Arizona.
About Shamrock Farms
Shamrock Farms, one of the largest family-owned and operated dairies in the country, manufactures a wide array of fresh dairy products including Rockin’ Refuel® protein-fortified milk beverages and Shamrock Farms® on the go mmmmilk that can be found in retail chains and quick serve restaurants nationwide such as SUBWAY® Restaurants, Arby’s® and Einstein Bros®. Shamrock Farms products are made with state-of-the-art extended shelf life technology for the longest refrigerated shelf life in the business and are produced without the use of the artificial growth hormone rBST. Headquartered in Phoenix, Shamrock’s family farm hosts a herd of more than 10,000 cows, and was founded in 1922 in Tucson, Arizona.