UHT factory will create jobs
New jobs for Matamata residents will be the end result once the Kaimai Cheese Company has completed construction of an Ultra Heat Treated (UHT) milk processing plant next year.
The executive director of the mother company Pureland Dairy Ronald Miao said the company would start looking for workers in January 2015 ahead of a completion date in April 2015.
Cheese production was on hold until the UHT factory was built but the cafe was still running and selling cheese.
The company will build a new pasteuriser room, boiler house and trade waste holding tanks and one new raw milk silo externally to produce the milk that has a nine month shelf life.
The milk would be exported to China and India, where the long life milk is needed more because it has to be delivered long distances across the countries, Miao said.
The company will upgrade power and HVAC air handling to match their production.
Miao said they have resource consent from the council.
A Risk Management Programme with the Ministry of Primary Industries for UHT milk products will be completed while the company does a trial production in April 2015, he said.
Miao said he was pleased with the factory’s location. ‘‘Waharoa is the perfect location; we are in the middle of dairy farms so milk supply will never be a problem,’’ he said.
The factory will start one shift, with 15 operators, on three UHT filling lines.
When they get to full production they will have two shifts, which will employ approximately another 15.
Once they have those two shifts the factory will produce more than 70 million packs annually.
The maximum shifts the factory will be able to do would be three, which would employ another 15 people and would produce up to 1.2 million packs.
Pureland Dairy brought the Kaimai Cheese Company in August 2013 after it was liquidated.
The Asian company will have spent $20 million on buying the land and buildings and converting the factory to make UHT.