CALVA Products Inc., a manufacturer of infant animal milk formulas and care products headquartered in Acampo, Cal., will build a new plant in Rupert, Ida., next to Brewster West LLC's cheese facility.
According to the announcement, Calva's plant will convert cheese byproducts from Brewster West and other local manufacturers into liquid milk replacer for calves. Calva's Rupert operation is slated to open in spring 2013.
Minidoka County, Ida., commissioners approved a property tax exemption for Calva's facility for five years. Calva's capital investment is estimated to exceed $9 million.
"Our new facility in Rupert will give us a tremendous competitive advantage in Idaho, the Intermountain and Northwest regions since our products can be made and shipped locally with a local supply of ingredients from Brewster West," Jim Cook, Calva president and chief executive officer, said. "Product freight costs will be significantly reduced, and we will be better able to serve existing and new customers from this strategic location."
Calva said Brewster West's supply of raw materials is essential to the success of the Rupert operation.
"We have established a strong relationship with Calva over the past two-and-a-half years shipping our byproducts to their California facility," said Richard Brumley, plant controller at Brewster West in Rupert. "Having a Calva facility right next to our plant will enable us to send cheese byproducts via pipe directly to them for liquid milk replacer production rather than sending it out of state."
Calva has manufactured infant animal milk formulas and care products for domestic and international markets for nearly 60 years.