Mechanic Refrigeration Co., Inc. has been awarded the construction of the ammonia refrigeration system at the new California Dairies Manufacturing facility located in Visalia California. The system features Frick RWFII screw compressors, Evapco Condensers and Evaporators, RVS vessels, Cornell pumps and Alfa Laval heat exchangers. The compressor capacity is 3365 tons refrigeration. The facility, when complete, will have the capability to process 10,000,000 pounds of milk per day and has North Americas largest spray drier.
California Dairies, Inc. is the number one dairy cooperative in the number one dairy state in the United States. California Dairies, Inc. is the result of a successful 1999 merger of three of California's most financially successful cooperatives; California Milk Producers, Danish Creamery and San Joaquin Valley Dairymen. All three cooperatives were rich in tradition and established their roots back near the turn of the 20th century.
California Dairies, Inc. is owned by 626 California dairymen who ship over 16 billion pounds of milk to be sold and processed annually. These members have over $100 million of equity invested in the Company. The Company has sales of $2.5 Billion in all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. The owners have dairies located from San Diego County in the south to Marin County in the north. Most of the milk supply is located in the San Joaquin Valley from Kern County to San Joaquin County.