UHT fac­tory will cre­ate jobs

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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