TWIN FALLS -- New York-based Chobani opened its second domestic manufacturing facility in Twin Falls, Idaho on Monday.
"We're here to celebrate the shared success of the last 326 days where we built one heck of a manufacturing facility in Twin Falls," said Kyle O'Brien, Executive Vice President of Sales for Chobani.
Chobani broke ground on the 200-acre site in December 2011 and began construction earlier this year. More than 2,000 men and women worked more than 1.7 million hours to build the facility from the ground up.
"With the opening of Twin Falls it by far marks the largest milestone in the company's history, one million square feet. This baby's big," said O'Brien.
Chobani has invested $450 million to build the state-of-the-art facility, located off Kimberly Road. More than 300 people are employed at Chobani Idaho and more are expected to be hired in the next several months.
"We estimate that the total economic value will be well over a billion dollars, around $1.3 billion, $1.4 billion for the state," said Governor Butch Otter.
Founded just seven years ago by Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant, Chobani expects to exceed $1 billion in sales this year. The first Chobani yogurt cups hit store shelves in 2007. The facility in Twin Falls is expected to produce 4.2 million cases of Greek-style yogurt a week.
"The support we've received from day one is how we knew Twin Falls was the right place for his plant," said O'Brien.
Chobani is now America's number one selling yogurt brand.