Golfo di Napoli Dairy, a new venture that will be owned and operated by a team of fourth-generation cheese producers from Italy, will locate a commercial organic cheese plant in Warren.
The Huntington County plant, the company's first in the United States, is expected to create as many as 35 new jobs by 2021, according to an announcement Aug. 9 from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
“Indiana’s agriculture industry supports approximately 107,500 jobs, providing opportunities for Hoosiers and their families across the state,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as Indiana’s secretary of agriculture. “With nearly 1,000 Hoosier dairies and 26 dairy processing plants, Golfo di Napoli Dairy will have quick and plentiful access to fresh milk, making Indiana the perfect fit for its first U.S. production facility.”
The company plans to invest $9.5 million to establish the 3,000 square foot plant on a 40-acre site along Interstate-69 at Exit 278 in Warren. The plant, which will utilize USDA certified organic milk from Fair Oaks Farms, will produce mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, provolone and other cheeses made using the pasta filata technique, which is traditionally used in the Naples region.
“We chose Indiana because we believe that it is the perfect location to produce authentic Neapolitan mozzarella, serving customers across the Midwest,” said Antonio Somma, president of Golfo di Napoli Dairy. “This facility and our partnership with Fair Oaks Farm will allow us to expand our cheese production expertise to the U.S. Local organic milk with incredible Italian taste, as we like to say.”
The company, which has already acquired the land, plans to begin construction in September. Hiring will begin at the end of the year and production will commence in February 2019, the IEDC announcement said.
The IEDC offered Golfo di Napoli Dairy up to $300,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans, and the Huntington County Board of Commissioners approved additional grant funding.