US retailer Wal-Mart has detailed plans to open a milk processing plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in a move that the company said would drive supply chain efficiency. 

The 250,000 square foot facility will produce white and chocolate milk for the Great Value and Member’s Mark brands. The facility will supply more than 600 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Northern Kentucky. 

The company expects to begin processing milk at the site, which will employ 200 people, by the summer of 2017. 

“By operating our own plant and working directly with the dairy supply chain in the Midwest, we’ll further reduce operating costs and pass those savings on to our customers so that they can save money,” said Tony Airoso, senior vice president of sourcing strategy for Walmart US. “This facility is an example of how we are always finding efficiencies within the supply chain to deliver everyday low prices and high quality groceries.”

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