Valley Milk - Powder Manufacturing Facility 


Shambaugh & Son, L.P.


Valley Milk, LLC


MSKTD & Assoc.

Services Provided

  • Automation Engineering
  • Electrical
  • Fire Protection
  • Mechanical
  • Process Design
View of milk in a large metal container inside of a processing facility

Value Delivered

Shambaugh was Prime Contractor and Design-Builder providing comprehensive design-build consultation and mechanical and equipment services for Valley Milk’s new, 136,000-square-foot dairy processing plant.

Shambaugh began the project’s planning phase more than two years before breaking ground to help achieve the highest quality and incorporate cost-saving initializes wherever possible. In order to demonstrate tangible options for the facility, Shambaugh held organizational meetings and facilitated tours to other new plants with capabilities similar to those required by Valley Milk.

Shambaugh also led project-development assemblies which brought together engineers, architects, and major vendors with Valley Milk to contribute expertise and chart the best course of action.

Throughout the project, Shambaugh provided energy consultation to meet or exceed regulations set forth in the California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency standards, which help facilities reduce energy costs. Additionally, the plant features equipment built for wastewater treatment to minimize water discharge costs.

The completed facility was named Food Engineering Magazine’s 2019 Plant of the Year.

Client Objectives

Valley Milk wanted to construct a new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) dairy dryer processing plant. As a newly formed organization, Valley Milk needed to partner with a company experienced in the dairy industry who could provide full pre-construction consultation.


The completed plant has the initial capacity to process 2.5 million pounds of milk daily and the ability to increase to three million pounds in the future thanks to Shambaugh’s forward-thinking design and high-quality work.

During this project, Shambaugh delivered the following:

  • Process design, equipment, and control systems for milk receiving, milk separation, milk standardization, evaporation and drying
  • Design and equipment supply for fire protection, steam production, refrigeration, and all other utilities required for the operation of the plant
  • Sanitary building design including architectural, structural and, civil engineering
  • Design and equipment supply for wastewater treatment to minimize water discharge costs
  • Design accommodating specialty dairy ingredient production including low spore, agglomerated, and instantized powders

Client Background

Valley Milk is made up of five multi-generational Central Valley dairy families, nutritionists, and veterinarians. They focus on full vertical integration in order to help support local Californian dairy farmers. The Turlock facility, their first project, will be supplied by 16 dairy farms and employ approximately 55 people.