Fairlife LLC plans to build a 300,000-s.f. production and distribution facility in suburban Phoenix in its efforts to increase overall production.
The Fairlife facility costing more than $200 million in Goodyear, Arizona will be in addition to its current production plant in Coopersville, Michigan. It is expected to create more than 140 jobs once its in operation.
Fairlife produces multiple varieties of dairy-based beverages to distribute to retailers in the U.S. and Canada.
“I’m extremely proud that the demand for our milk has grown so much that we now need another manufacturing site!” Tim Doelman, Fairlife COO, said. “In choosing a new plant location, it is essential that the new facility be built in an area where dairy farms are willing and able to follow Fairlife’s responsible animal care and sustainable farming practices while producing the highest quality milk. Not only are there amazing dairy farmers in and around Goodyear, its location enables competitive domestic and international production.”
The Goodyear facility is scheduled to begin operation in the second half of 2020.
Working with the United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA) to source milk from numerous dairy farmers in Goodyear, the new Fairlife plant will enable increased production of all company products, including different varieties of milk.
“Sometimes, I think back to that day over 20 years ago when Mike and I sat at our kitchen table and came up with the idea of cold-filtering our milk for higher nutrition,” dairy farmer and co-founder of Fairlife Sue McCloskey said. “We dreamt of a more nutritious milk for consumers. It is extremely rewarding to see the results of our hard work pay off and make this dream a continuing reality, thanks to the great dairy farmers here in Arizona. We look forward to working with all our amazing partners and are committed to supporting the economic growth in the southwest region'”
Fairlife’s corporate headquarters are in Chicago.