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Dairy Farmers of America christens new Ripon office
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RIPON – Glenn Wallace favors the new location of the Dairy Farmers of America’s western regional office.

 “Now we’re centrally located (in dairy country),” he said at the ribbon-cutting event at 580 N. Wilma Ave., Suite H, Ripon, on Friday. “Ripon is a great community. We’re happy to be here.”

Wallace, who is the area’s chief operating officer, was joined by DFA members and staff and City of Ripon dignitaries.

“Ripon was founded on farming,” Mayor Chuck Winn said. “We’re glad to have DFA here.”

DFA is a national milk marketing cooperative whose core business is to market the milk of its members. In turn, they’re paid competitive prices. DFA is also a processor of dairy foods, with investments including established and well-known brands.

Locally, DFA has been up and running in Ripon for about a year, with the previous office located in Southern California.

“We still have our Southern California office,” Wallace said.

Ripon, however, is located between the DFA-owned manufacturing and ingredients plant in Hughson, and the Turlock cheese plant.

The western area of DFA consists of nine districts servicing California, Nevada and most of Arizona, representing 300 dairy farms and producing 6 billion pounds of milk annually.

“We want to continue to promote the dairy industry,” said Wallace.

One of his area’s biggest customers is Super Store Industries, consisting of Save Mart and Raley’s stores. DFA also handles Dean Foods, Heritage, Kraft, Leprino, and Stremicks.

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