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Walmart Plans Valdosta, Georgia, Dairy Processing Plant

Walmart plans to establish dairy processing operations in Valdosta, Georgia. The $350 million project is expected to create 400 jobs in Lowndes County.

The new facility, located on Inner Perimeter Road, will provide high-quality milk and serve more than 750 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs in the region. Production is scheduled for late 2025.

“We’re thrilled to open this new dairy facility in Valdosta, Georgia, as we continue to make strides to increase surety of supply for our customers grocery essentials,” said Bruce Heckman, Vice President of Manufacturing at Walmart. “We’re looking forward to breaking ground on this exciting venture and we’ll continue to work alongside local dairy farmers and associates as we move ahead. Their collaboration is critical to ensure we’re operating a facility that will process high-quality milk for our customers that we can offer at the everyday low prices they rely on.”

Senior Project Manager Elizabeth McLean represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce team in partnership with the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority, City of Valdosta, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Power, and Georgia Quick Start.

“Georgia’s economy is historically rooted in agriculture, and Walmart is demonstrating how the industry continues to evolve and invest in technological advances to improve results in output and sustainability,” noted GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Projects like this create a positive ripple-effect for the entire industry ecosystem. Congratulations to all of the partners involved, and we look forward to the jobs and opportunities Walmart will create!”

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