The rural city of Dalhart in the Texas Panhandle will be receiving a tremendous economic boost as a result of Hilmar Cheese Company’s decision to invest more than $190 million to build a state-of-the-art cheese factory there. Hilmar is the largest single-site cheese and whey products manufacturer in the world. The project is projected to bring more than 2,000 jobs to the Texas Panhandle over the next 10 years. The cheese plant will employ more than 350 skilled, high-wage workers by the time it reaches full production in 2015. In addition, Hilmar will begin production with 10 new independent dairies, totaling 25,000 milk cows, expanding to more than 150,000 milk cows after its ninth year, resulting in the employment of more than 1,500 workers in the dairies.