Iconic Nampa cheese factory grows into an industry leader

Posted at 3:04 PM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 20:23:57-04

NAMPA, Idaho — The old cheese factory off I-84 in Nampa is an iconic landmark.

For years, it was just a producer of squeaky cheese curds.

It's now the largest U.S. cheese producer for the largest dairy company in the world.

Once known as the Swiss Village Cheese Factory, the building is now home to Lactalis, a French company that is a dominant force in the cheese world.

As the factory expands to create fresh mozzarella in a 326 thousand square foot production plant, Marion Bidron, plant manager at Lactalis, said that their company is mastering the art of cheese making.

"We have huge development and growth," Bidron said. "We're expanding our facility and even building a new building to expand our string department."

Lactalis employs 750 people in the Treasure Valley all to make cheese.

When you're part of the world's largest dairy company, there are opportunities around every corner.

Right now, Lacatalis has 30 open positions and they're willing to train.

What was once an unchanging fixture in the valley is now becoming a growing part of a cheese behemoth.