Hilmar Cheese, the world's largest single-site producer of cheese annually, announced Thursday that it will expand to a third site with a milk powder processing facility in Turlock.
"We are expanding our ingredients business to meet strong global demand for milk powders," John Jeter, CEO and president, said in a news release.
The company estimates the new plant will provide about 40 jobs.
Milk powder does not require refrigeration and is simple to reconstitute.
Officials said the product is easily transported and stored, making it an important source of dairy for developing nations.
GO-Biz, Gov. Jerry Brown's Office of Business and Economic Development, assisted with site selection. The same office helped Amazon select Patterson to build a massive distribution center last year.
"GO-Biz is excited that Hilmar Cheese Co. is expanding their presence in California, further strengthening the state's food processing industry," director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development Kish Rajan said in the release.
"Our team worked closely with Hilmar Cheese Co. to help them find a location for their new facility and we look forward to helping them continue to grow and provide new job opportunities."
Hilmar Cheese last expanded in 2007, when it opened a processing facility in Dalhart, Texas.