A company that produces and markets milk beverages made using a cold-filtration process, fairlife plans to increase overall production capabilities with the construction of a new 300,000 square foot production and distribution facility at Palm Valley 303 Business Park in Goodyear, Arizona.
The new more than $200 million facility, which is slated to begin operation in the back half of 2020, will house production lines that will play a key role in meeting the growing demand for fairlife.
“I’m extremely proud that the demand for our milk has grown so much that we now need another manufacturing site! In choosing a new plant location, it is essential that the new facility be built in an area where dairy farms are willing and able to follow fairlife’s responsible animal care and sustainable farming practices while producing the highest quality milk. Not only are there amazing dairy farmers in and around Goodyear, its location enables competitive domestic and international production,” said Tim Doelman, Chief Operating Officer for fairlife, LLC.
The company was founded in 2012 by Mike and Sue McCloskey of Select Milk Producers, Inc. “Sometimes, I think back to that day over 20 years ago when Mike and I sat at our kitchen table and came up with the idea of cold-filtering our milk for higher nutrition. We dreamt of a more nutritious milk for consumers. It is extremely rewarding to see the results of our hard work pay off and make this dream a continuing reality, thanks to the great dairy farmers here in Arizona. We look forward to working with all our amazing partners and are committed to supporting the economic growth in the southwest region,” Sue McCloskey, dairy farmer and co-founder of fairlife said.
According to the Arizona Commerce Authority, It will create more than 140 jobs locally and augment benefits within the local economy, from the development and construction of the facility to the continuous resources and suppliers needed to support daily operations.
“This substantial investment in Goodyear is another win for the West Valley,” added Sandra Watson, President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The jobs that will be created by fairlife’s manufacturing operation, in addition to induced jobs created for Arizona dairy farmers, is excellent news for our state.”
“There has been significant investment in the West Valley that continues to drive the regional economy forward,” says Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “fairlife’s decision to expand to Goodyear is emblematic of the collaborative spirit of the region and highlights the determination local partners have to support business expansion. We look forward to the opening of its advanced manufacturing plant."