Tillamook Completes Plant Expansion in Boardman

April 24, 2014
After just over a year of construction, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA), producer of Tillamook Cheese, has completed a 64,000-square-foot expansion project at its production facility in Boardman, Ore.

The facility expansion adds whey processing capabilities to Tillamook's existing cheese making plant in Boardman. The demand for such capability has grown significantly in the last several years, as the lactose and high-quality protein components derived from whey (which is separated from milk in order to make cheese) are increasingly being recognized for their high nutritional value and used in products like infant formula, performance nutrition products and products that help manage some of the impacts of aging. The new facility will process and dry these components to produce whey protein concentrate (WPC-80) and lactose powder. The WPC-80 and lactose powder produced at the new facility will be sold in domestic and export food-ingredient markets. 

"While our primary business remains focused on our branded Tillamook Cheese and other Tillamook dairy products, this new facility gives us the ability to maximize the value we derive from every pound of milk we process," said Patrick Criteser, president and CEO of Tillamook County Creamery Association. "Our farm-family owners committed a significant investment to enhance our infrastructure in Boardman, and we look forward to the opportunities this expansion will provide us to help continue to successfully grow our business well into the future."

The plant expansion added approximately 40 new jobs at TCCA's Boardman facility.

About Tillamook County Creamery Association
Celebrating 105 years as a farmer-owned cooperative in 2014, the Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) is a cooperative of approximately 100 dairy farming families guided by century-old values of quality, cooperation, integrity, stewardship and responsiveness. TCCA prides itself on its commitment to providing families with the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible. Earning top awards for their cheese, ice cream, sour cream, butter and yogurt products, Tillamook has quickly become one of the top dairy brands in the country.