Cheese company will build $27 million plant in Elmore County, Idaho – will employ 250 workers

One of the largest natural cheese packagers in the United States announced Monday it will build a $27 million packaging plant near the Mountain Home Municipal Airport in Elmore County.

Marathon Cheese Corp. of Marathon, Wis., will employ 250 workers during its initial year of operation after opening the facility next December. The privately held company expects the payroll at its first plant in the West to double within five years.

A company spokesman said Marathon will ship bulk cheese to Mountain Home, where it will be cut and packaged for sale under various brands including Kraft Foods, Land O’ Lakes, Sysco, Sargento and Schreiber Foods.

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