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Brothers plan to open Hebron cheese plant

The Superior Express of Superior, Nebraska

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While the Superior cheese plant, once the largest mozzarella cheese plant in the world, remains closed, it appears the much smaller cheese plant at Hebron is being resuscitated and will again be used to manufacture cheese.

Two brothers from Honduras, Marlon and Carlos Reyes, hope to have a 19,000 square foot portion of the closed plant up and running later this month.

The brothers had been making cheese in a leased 5,000 square foot area at Columbus but when that lease ended they were considering moving their plant to Colorado. That is before discovering the closed food processing plant at Hebron.

The Hebron location offered several attractions including an ample water supply and good sewage system, washable walls and floors and the proper environment for producing cheese.

Marlon Reyes told a Hebron Journal-Register reporter, he envisions expanding on the number of products he makes and said, 'The range of products we could make here exceeds our expectations.

Among the possible products are bottled milk and yogurt, sour cream, and a variety of cheeses.

The company is currently making homemade Requeson, Cotija and Grade A Mexican sour cream. The company known as Central American Foods currently supplies customers in Maryland, Texas, North Carolina and Florida. When production begins in Hebron, the company expects to employ seven people.

The plant was opened by Paul Hunsacker more than 45 years ago and was expanded several times before closing. Like the plant in Superior, it has been closed several years.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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