BENTONVILLE, ARK. — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. plans to build a milk processing plant in Fort Wayne, Ind. Construction is expected to begin this summer and the plant is scheduled to be operational by the summer of 2017.
“By operating our own plant and working directly with the dairy supply chain in the Midwest, we’ll further reduce operating costs and pass those savings on to our customers so that they can save money,” said Tony Airoso, senior vice-president of sourcing strategy for Walmart U.S. “This facility is an example of how we are always finding efficiencies within the supply chain to deliver everyday low prices and high quality groceries.”
When finished, the plant will encompass 250,000 square feet and employ as many as 200. The plant will process Wal-Mart’s private label lines of milks to serve more than 600 locations in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Northern Kentucky.