Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 26, 2004

Local company awarded $70 million project

By Ryan Gueningsman

Carlisle Process Systems (formerly Scherping Systems) of Winsted was recently awarded a $70 million dollar project.

The Southwest Cheese Company has awarded $70 million of its new cheese and whey production facility to Carlisle Processed Systems (CPS), according to a CPS press release.

As a result, the 125 current employees will take responsibility for the engineering, equipment supply, installation and automation of the entire process plant, from milk intake to packaged cheese and whey powder stores, until the end of 2005.

The project is also expected to create about five to 10 additional jobs in manufacturing, production, and engineering in Winsted.

"It's still in early planning stages," said CPS president Tim High. "There will be more staff, in the shop particularly."

Some of the company's contract work will be sent to Millerbernd Design and Fabrication.

CPS operates a 65,000-square foot facility in Winsted, and has supplied equipment and systems for the cheese industry since 1968.

"Scherping has been a strong employer for years," High said. "This project reaffirms the quality of the labor force here. We're a relatively small company, and to be given the opportunity to take on a project like this reaffirms the quality of the labor force and the support of the community."

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