Ohio-based retail giant Meijer has announced its foray into dairy manufacture with the construction of its first dairy production facility.

The US$100m Ohio facility will employ 100 staff and produce a variety of dairy products including milk, cottage cheese and yoghurt.

“Meijer is very pleased to continue our investment and growth in Ohio,” said Mark Murray, Co-CEO for the Michigan-based retailer. “This expansion allows us to enhance our commitment to provide the freshest products for our customers, while growing our manufacturing capabilities and Meijer brand offerings.”

The 173,000-square-foot site will include a 105,000 square foot dairy facility, which will service 100 stores in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.

Hiring for the facility will commence later this year.