By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 14, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- One of Thomasville's most sought after local products is expanding its business.
Friday, the Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop filled with the typical bustle of lunch hour.
"It's that kind of small town local business," said Steven Miller, Sweet Grass Dairy Plant Manager.
The place is know for its farm-to-table gourmet cheese, but make no mistake, there's nothing small about how they do business. The local product is high in demand and found across 38 states.
"Most people that visit are kind of astonished that we're this small," said Miller.
Small is the size of their dairy plant. The farm says they now need more space than their current 5,000 square foot facility.
"They really didn't want to go to an outside area, but working with the city, they were able to stay here," said Miller.
The farm is thankful to keep Thomasville home with the city's donation of a 25-acre lot on Roseway Drive. They say the new facility will be twice the size of the current one, and will produce more than five times the amount of cheese.
"This is their hometown. They were born and raised here. They love Thomasville and they invest in Thomasville," said Shelley Zorn, with the Payroll Development Authority.
It's a $3.5 million investment that will add 30 new jobs. Their product has locally committed to a long life in the Rose City.
"That's important and I think that adds to the quality of life here in Thomasville," added Zorn.
The City says construction should start in three months. The facility will be 12,000 square feet, with enough space to grow in the future.