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Major dairy supplier to build facility in Jerome

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Jerome’s welcome sign. Photo courtesy of Jerome 20/20.

JEROME – Nelson–Jameson Inc. announced on Dec. 16 that it will build a 29,000-square-foot distribution facility on the south side of Jerome. The company recently purchased 19 acres of land in the Northside subdivision for the new distribution center, with room left over to expand in the future.

“It will be like a supermarket of goods for dairy and dairy food processors,” said Larry Hall, executive director of Jerome 20/20, the nonprofit business-development organization for the city.

The distribution center will employ 10 to 15 people. It has already obtained its special use permit for the City of Jerome, according to Hall. The next steps will be the submission of the building design to the city’s planning department for a plan review. Once approved, construction will occur in the spring. Estimated cost to build the warehouse is around $6 million.

“They picked Jerome because of its location,” Hall explained. “It’s proximal to I-84 and it also has rail service. It’s also in the heart of Magic Valley’s dairy industry. The five dairy food-processing plants in Jerome use half of the milk produced in the Magic Valley.”

Jerome is home to almost half of the dairy processing plants in central Idaho, including the milk powder plants operated by Idaho Milk Products and Darigold and a cheese powders plant run by Commercial Creamery Co. It is also the location of the Jerome cheese plant owned by Agropur and the milk supply cooperative, Magic Valley Qualilty Milk Producers Inc. Collectively, these five facilities use approximately 15 million pounds of milk product daily.

Jerome Mayor David Davis touted the new distribution facility.

“The City of Jerome’s core businesses are born out of the dairy and milk processing industries. We are excited to have Nelson-Jameson in Jerome to deepen these relationships,” said Davis.

Headquartered in Marshfield, Wisconsin, Nelson–Jameson is a supplier to the dairy and food-processing industry, with warehouses currently in Marshfield; Turlock, California; Twin Falls, Idaho; York, Pennsylvania; Amarillo, Texas; and Chicago. The company employs roughly 200 people with over half of those in Wisconsin. Nelson–Jameson has been experiencing growth lately, according to a Wisconsin newspaper, the Hub City Times. Their headquarters is scheduled to expand into a 64,000-square-foot building before the end of the year.

“For over 72 years we’ve followed the golden rule by providing a one-stop experience centered around making our customers’ lives easier,” Nelson-Jameson wrote in a press release announcing the Jerome distribution center.

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