'Butter is back,' dairy farmer says at groundbreaking for Agri-Mark's West Springfield expansion

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The plant has 112 production employees and 14 managers and will grow by a dozen workers once the expansion is completed. WEST SPRINGFIELD -- Consumer demand for milk varies, but cows make milk 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That leaves farmers with a need to convert that milk into products that are stable and can be stored -- and, more importantly, can be sold. Agri-Mark plans to solve that problem by expanding its West Springfield plant with more drying capacity so it can make more powdered skim milk. The Andover-based farmer-owned cooperative invited farmers from all over New England to the plant Monday for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the $17 million expansion. "Butter is back," said Mark Duffy, a dairy farmer...

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