Fairlife has its senior management team in place for a 300,000-square-foot production and distribution facility in Goodyear. Construction on the facility at Cotton Lane and Thomas Road in the Palm Valley 303 business park near Loop 303 is in the final phases.
Fairlife, founded in 2012, produces milk-based products “using a patented cold-filtration process that removes some natural sugars while concentrating the protein and calcium naturally found in real cows’ milk,” according to a press release.
Neil Betteridge has been named senior vice president to oversee the Arizona plant. Troy Hancock will be his second in command as the plant manager.
The facility is scheduled to open at the end of this year.
Fairlife plans to fill 100 positions starting this summer.
“We are on track to open our production facility in winter 2020, and we’re so thankful to our local partners and stakeholders for helping us get to the point where we need to hire key personnel to lead plant operations,” said Tim Doelman, CEO of Fairlife.
Betteridge joins Fairlife with 22 years of experience in the food industry managing supply chains, manufacturing and capital projects. Hancock was with Shamrock Foods for 19 years, where he oversaw all aspects of the manufacturing operations on three campuses.
“One of the things I’ve learned after being in the manufacturing industry for a long time is that it tends to have a high turnover rate if the employees are not respected and cared for,” Betteridge stated. He said Fairlife “invests in training employees and building a positive culture at the workplace—two things I sincerely believe lead to great employee morale.”
Hancock said he is ready to start hiring: “I look forward to kicking off recruitment initiatives this summer that will give applicants a chance to get to know Fairlife better and experience firsthand what it’s like to work at a Fairlife plant.”
For more information, visit fairlife.com.