Valley Milk, TURLOCK, CA
Valley Milk, LLC 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.
Shambaugh & Son began assisting Valley Milk more than two years before breaking ground for the project. In order to demonstrate tangible options for the facility, Shambaugh held organizational meetings and facilitated tours to other new plants that had 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 for the project.
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. The finished plant also has equipment built for wastewater treatment to minimize water discharge costs.
The 136,000-sqaure-foot 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. Along with comprehensive design-build consultation for the project, Shambaugh also provided mechanical and equipment services to the state-of-the-art facility.
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 accommodating specialty dairy ingredient production including low spore, agglomerated, and instantized powders
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.