Major Expansion in Stephenville
By: Elizabeth Guajardo
A prominent industry leader is continuing its expansion in Erath County. Schreiber Foods, a multi-billion-dollar company, employs more than 9000 people world-wide and has served the Stephenville community for just over two decades.
Schreiber came to Stephenville in 2002 and was producing cream cheese before the construction of a 55,000 square ft. space in 2004 to add their natural cheese lines.
The continual demand of their quality products has led to a new 300,000 square-feet. addition to the Stephenville location. Construction of the $50 million cold storage and distribution center that will bring 25 new jobs to Stephenville, is underway and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
Currently, the Stephenville location Cream Cheese Department has seven production lines that account for 115 million pounds of product per year and the Natural Cheese Department has eight production lines that account for 110 million pounds of product per year. According to Plant Manager Mike Kwasny, this expansion will allow the Stephenville plant to grow from 225 million pounds of production to over 400 million pounds by 2023.
Schreiber’s corporate office collaborated with Stephenville Economic Development Authority (SEDA), Erath County and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to ensure the expansion process ran smoothly.
“The commitment by Schreiber Foods to our region is a generational decision which will impact local families for years to come,” President/CEO of SEDA, Jeff Sandford said. “We are thankful for the partnerships of the TDA, Erath county leadership, SEDA and of course Schreiber Foods for their commitment in seeing this project to completion, and look forward to the economic impact this expansion will provide.”
In addition to county economic policy review, Texas Enterprise Zone Designation and a Chapter 381 agreement, SEDA guided Erath county to win a highly competitive award for rural communities. As part of the Texas Rural Business Fund grant award process, Texas Department of Agriculture Program Director for Economic Development, Roxanna Newton, toured the site.
As Schreiber continues to innovate and provide high quality products, the company is set to make an even greater economic impact on the community for the next generation.
Elizabeth Guajardo is an intern for SEDA.
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