Aurora Organic Dairy, a leading producer and processor of store-brand organic milk and butter for U.S. retailers, announced plans to construct a new dairy processing facility in Columbia, Missouri. The new $100 million facility is expected to create 90 jobs initially, with the possibility of creating up to 150 total new jobs over the next five years.
“We are going to do everything we can to create more jobs for Missouri families,” Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said. “We are excited for Aurora Organic Dairy to set up shop in our state and start producing Missouri-made goods. I thank the company for their business and their confidence in what we plan to achieve. Together, we’re going to grow business and grow Missouri’s economy.”
Aurora Organic Dairy is an integrated company that produces and processes organic milk products for distribution to grocery stores nationwide. The company’s “cow to carton” model provides consumers with organic dairy products of the highest standards, quality and value available in the market today.
“The decision to build our second milk plant in Columbia culminates several years of research and diligence to determine the optimal location for a new processing operation,” said Marc Peperzak, Founder and CEO of Aurora Organic Dairy. “Columbia was the best choice because it offers a location that expands and improves the efficiency of our total supply chain, from organic feed, to milk, to consumer. Central Missouri also offers a great workforce and attractive access to major interstate highways. We are excited to break ground on our new facility later this spring.”
Missouri Partnership worked with Governor Greitens, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Columbia REDI, Boone County, Missouri Development Finance Board, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Ameren, the University of Missouri – Columbia, and the City of Columbia to make this expansion possible.
“This is a great addition to the Columbia region,” said Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership. “Food solutions is a key strength for Missouri due to our robust food production sector and our leading role in agriculture which contributes $33 billion to our state GDP each year. We are excited to welcome Aurora Organic Dairy to Missouri and look forward to their investment in our state and to the jobs they will create.”
For more information on why Missouri could be a prime location to launch or grow your business, contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form, with any questions you might have, and learn how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion and investment needs.