Madison Food Park, LLC (MFP) has submitted a Special Use Permit application to the Cascade County for review.
Madison Food Park intends to develop Big Sky Cheese, LLC, a value-added dairy/cheese processing facility which will be located at 8346 US Highway 89, Great Falls, Montana which is eight miles southeast on Hwy #89.
Madison Food Park proposed building a commercial food park in 2017 that consisted of beef, poultry, and cheese processing as well as a distillery.
The scope and scale of the proposed Big Sky Cheese project will include, when complete, a state-of-the art, environmentally friendly facility for the processing of fresh dairy milk supplied by local state dairy producers into a variety of cheese products.
Madison Food Park anticipates that when the development is complete, and the facilities are operating at full capacity, the cheese and dairy processing facility will create approximately 5-10 employment opportunities for laborers as well as skilled and management level positions.
In addition, there will be positive impacts felt throughout the business community for local contractors and subcontractors, building material suppliers and other related business enterprises that will support the dairy processing facility and its daily operations.
On their website, Big Sky Cheese says “the dairy industry in Montana has been struggling to survive and the financial feasibility of the industry has had a bleak outlook.”
“Big Sky Cheese, LLC, was established only recently but has been thought about and contemplated for many years. Although Montana has fluid milk processing facilities, the vision for the future has been to have a value-added facility built and operating to further utilize the milk being produced by Montana dairy producers.”
“A dairy milk processor can bring huge opportunities to the dairy producers of Montana. Just like in all business development, building the facility and creating a “Montana Pride” brand of cheese will take some time, patience and of course investments. However, Big Sky Cheese has a clear marketing plan and an 80-year track record.”
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