Blue Diamond Expanding State-of-the-Art Facility in Turlock Blue Diamond is delivering on its commitment to manufacturing excellence by expanding its award- winning processing facility in Turlock. The 200,000-sqaure-foot manufacturing plant recognized as the 2014 Plant of the Year by Engineering Magazine , will get an additional 52,000 of square feet. This new building continues expansion of the cooperative’s value-added product lines and delivers the innovations of new almond products worldwide. “We are thankful to our growers who own this cooperative for entrusting their almonds to us so we can continue to make valuable investments,” said Blue Diamond Chairman of the Board Dan Cummings. “This project gives them a secure future in the almond business.” Officially kicking off this latest construction project was an intimate groundbreaking ceremony held in late January. The Blue Diamond Board of Directors and team members were joined by guests representing the City of Turlock, Chamber of Commerce and the California Legislature. Local media were also in attendance. At the ceremony, Turlock Mayor Amy Bublak expressed excitement for the expansion. “We know Blue Diamond has other company locations where they could have placed this expansion, but we are proud they chose Turlock. We look forward to the additional jobs this expansion will bring.” More than one hundred jobs were created after the first phase of the manufacturing plant opened in April 2012. Blue Diamond also highlighted its growing partnership with the California Future Farmers Association Foundation. For the last two years, the cooperative has supported the mission of the California FFA to NEWS IN A NUTSHELL 1 6 A L M O N D F A C T S