Bel Brands USA to build cheese plant in SD

AP News
Posted: Jan 31, 2012 1:38 PM
Bel Brands USA to build cheese plant in SD

The South Dakota city of Brookings is getting a cheese plant.

Chicago-based Bel Brands USA plans to begin construction this summer on its third cheese plant in the U.S.

Bel Brands says it will invest about $100 million in the plant. It will employ 200 people initially and could mean up to 400 jobs within three years of opening in 2013. Officials say the plant also will boost the dairy industry, requiring milk from about 13,000 cows each day to make Mini Baybel cheese.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he's "thrilled."

Bel Brands USA is a subsidiary of Paris-based Fromageries Bel, which has plants in 22 countries. The other two U.S. plants are in Kentucky and Wisconsin. The company also considered Iowa, Idaho and Michigan for its new plant.