MMPA operates two Michigan manufacturing plants in Ovid and Constantine. These plants produce high-quality dairy products to be sold to food manufacturers. In addition to the Michigan plants, MMPA owns a cheese plant in Middlebury, Indiana. The plants not only assist in marketing our members’ milk to the greatest advantage possible, but also support the local economies. Together, our plants employ approximately 200 people and process up to 7.4 million pounds of milk per day.
AWARDS & CERTIFICATIONS
• Safe Quality Foods Certified
• Green Agri-Business Designation from the Michigan Agribusiness Association (Ovid and Constantine)
• Numerous World Dairy Expo Championship Product Contest awards
• European Union compliant
Products made at MMPA’s plants include cheese, butter, nonfat dry milk, cream and condensed skim milk. MMPA sells its products as dairy ingredients to food manufacturers who make salad dressing, infant formulas, candy, ice cream, pudding, baked goods, cheese and yogurt.
The plant in Constantine, Michigan is Level 3 SQF certified and has a capacity of 2 million pounds of milk per day and process approximately 600 million pounds of milk each year. The plant processes milk into butter, cream, condensed skim, non-fat dry milk and instant milk.
In 2014, MMPA and Foremost Farms USA formed a strategic alliance and invested $10 million into the MMPA Constantine plant to install reverse osmosis (RO) technology. RO technology removes the water from the milk, leaving only the milk solids to be transported farther distances. Three loads of milk can be reduced to one, improving efficiencies.
The plant in Ovid, Michigan, is MMPA’s largest, with a daily capacity of 5 million pounds of milk and processing approximately one-third of all milk marketed by MMPA. The plant, certified as Level 3 SQF, processes 1.4 billion pounds of milk each year. In 2010, the plant was named Dairy Plant of the Year by Dairy Foods magazine. The plant manufactures condensed milk, dry milk powder, cream and butter.
MMPA has invested over $96 million in the Ovid facility over the last ten years. The recent investments include a $62 million expansion in 2010, which has the capacity to process 60 percent more milk by adding milk receiving improvements as well as additional milk separation and evaporating processes.
More recent additions to the Ovid manufacturing plant include an expand wastewater treatment system, new whole milk powder packaging system and new butter churn.
MIDDLEBURY CHEESE COMPANY
In 2016, MMPA acquired a cheese plant, the Middlebury Cheese Company, LLC, in Middlebury, Indiana. The SQF Level 2 certified plant processes approximately 400,000 pounds of milk per day and is a staple in the Amish community of northern Indiana. The Middlebury Cheese Company produces cheese for wholesale customers and sells cheese under the Heritage Ridge Creamery brand in a store onsite.
The facility produces award-winning cheese, internationally recognized at the World Dairy Expo, U.S. Cheese Makers Competition and World Cheese Makers Competition. The plant mainly produces Colby cheese, a softer, milder flavored cheddar cheese, in addition to Colby-jack, Monterey-jack, Cheddar, pepper-jack cheese and other flavors.