New Food Processing Facility Opens in Amarillo

Economic growth is continuing in the Panhandle, while the rest of the nation still suffers.

A new food processing plant officially opened in Amarillo on Friday.

Just by hearing their name, Pacific Cheese, it doesn't sound like a company you would find in the Panhandle region.

But now, the company with humble California roots, is using Amarillo as a jumping off point into the entire Southwest and Eastern regions of the United States.

And despite a down economy, Pacific Cheese is substantially outpacing it's business model.

"Our industry has been growing substantially with the economy being a little weaker. People are handling their budgets more efficiently. They're going to more affordable restaurants and cooking more at home. As a supplier these are two areas where we are growing rapidly," said Steve Gaddis, the President of Pacific Cheese.

Production actually started in November, and the demand for Pacific Cheese has grown so much, they actually have added two shifts and now operate 24 hours for five days a week.

There are 60 employees locally, but that may grow soon.

The company is already looking at expanding as early as next year.