AMPI Discontinuing Production at Arlington Milk Plant

NEW ULM, MINN. (Nov. 1, 2019) – Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) announced today it will discontinue production at its Arlington, Iowa, nonfat dry milk plant and Rochester, Minn., cheese plant. Company leaders said the decision stems from the continued decline in dairy farm numbers and milk production in the region.
 
Since 2008, Minnesota has lost 40 percent of its dairy farms, while Iowa is down 50 percent in that same time period.
 
The 49 Arlington and 75 Rochester employees have been informed. AMPI is working with them to provide access to resources, training and opportunities to apply for available jobs at AMPI facilities.
 
Milk previously processed at AMPI’s Arlington and Rochester locations will now be routed to other plants in the surrounding area, including AMPI’s Blair, Wis., cheese plant.
 
AMPI will continue to meet customer needs for dependable supplies of high-quality dairy products from its other manufacturing plants.
 
AMPI leadership is exploring options for the facilities’ future.