Officials tour milk plant

By Ryan Cornell

STRASBURG — A group of Shenandoah County government and Strasburg town officials learned how the cream is separated from the milk during their tour of Valley Milk Products in Strasburg on Tuesday.

Marsha Shruntz, Brandon Davis, Steve Baker, Dick Neese, Kimberly Murray, Judson Rex and Mary Beth Price were led by Valley Milk Products General Manager Mike Curtis, who showed them the areas where butter is packed into boxes, cream is extracted from incoming trucks and powdered milk is sent away on trucks to locations including the Good Humor plant in Florida and Kraft plant in New York.

He said the Strasburg plant processed 260 million pounds of milk in 2013, which set a record.

Davis, director of community development for the county, said he was impressed by the company’s international presence, exporting to places such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and China.

“It’s pretty great that a milk plant that’s going on here for so many years has grown on a world market,” he said.

Davis said the tour is the first of many to come in the future. He said they’re working to “build a relationship with [Shenandoah County’s] existing businesses” and are planning to tour Carper’s Wood Creations in Strasburg as well as Wholesome Foods Inc. in Edinburg.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com