Turner Dairy Farms Inc. awarded more than $300K for expansion project

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – Turner Dairy Farms Inc., located in Penn Hills, was awarded $334,282 in state funding Wednesday to increase its facility’s dairy processing capacity.

State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, made the announcement Wednesday, adding that the allotted funding was awarded through the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program and approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“I am so pleased I was able to assist with this grant for Turner Dairy," DeLuca said. "The Turner family farm has been an integral part of the municipality since it was founded in Penn Hills in 1930. They are very good to the community and while so many local dairies have closed, they continue to find ways to succeed and produce national award-winning milk and dairy products. They are a major employer and it is an honor to have them here in my hometown.”

DeLuca said the farm has reported great success and larger sales numbers following a 2014 initiative to offer limited-time-only flavored milk products. However, that success calls for an expansion effort to their facility, he added.

DeLuca said the project entails the installation of a new 20,000-gallon refrigerated silo tank for handling bulk cream; stainless steel piping and electronic controls to connect the tank to the existing system for receiving, processing and shipping bulk cream; and new piping and controls to the existing 5,000-gallon tank to incorporate the tank with the other two existing 3,500-gallon tanks within the flavored milk and fresh cream products system.

The PDIP is administered jointly by the state Department of Community and Economic Development and the state Department of Agriculture under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The program supports the Pennsylvania dairy industry through research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing.