Sunland Inc. celebrates opening of new building

By Tony Parra Sunland Inc. president Jimmie Shearer said it’s been a long time coming, but on Thursday he and other Sunland representatives unveiled a new peanut butter processing building. Sunland Inc. officials had an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The Sunland Inc. plant was [...]

Sunland expansion hits snags

By Tony Parra Sunland Inc. executives and workers are anxious to have a new building in full operation to accommodate the growing demand for peanut butter and despite the delays, they hope to have the new building fully operational by late November or December. Sunland Inc. president Jimmie Shearer said in mid-April he was hoping [...]

Sunland trying to grow with demand

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By Kevin Wilson Sunland Inc. has a business problem. They have too much. “Right now, our peanut facilities are running 20 hours, seven days a week,” Sunland President and CEO Jimmie Shearer said, “and we’re still turning down orders (for peanut butter).” It’s a problem the company is hoping to alleviate, thanks to a $1.7 [...]

Wilhoit announces floodplain certification

By Tony Parra Portales Economic Development Manager Darla Wilhoit earned certification as Floodplain Manager, which Wilhoit said is one of the factors which helps keep flood insurance rates low for Portales. The announcement was made during the city council meeting on Tuesday. Wilhoit said previous city inspector Doug Rapp was also a certified floodplain manager. [...]

School looks to cut energy bills

By Tony Parra Portales public officials are implementing an energy conservation program in hopes of saving thousands of dollars each year on energy costs. Portales school officials went into a four-year agreement with Energy Education, Inc. last week. Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway said the school district does not have to pay any money up [...]

Sunland receives help to expand business

Tony Parra United States Department of Agriculture officials presented Sunland Inc. President Jimmie Shearer with a $450,000 check on Friday in an effort to expand the business and purchase new equipment. “It’s a dream come true,” an ecstatic Schearer said. “It can only happen in America. This (Sunland Inc.) was once a farm field. There [...]

Huffman answers construction questions

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation and Portales contractors have heard a buzz from Portales residents concerned about local jobs going to Clovis constructors for the new Roosevelt County Chamber of Business Center in the downtown plaza. RCCDC officials selected LCI 2 Inc. out of Clovis to do the construction work or contract [...]

Cheese plant breaks ground

Jack King Gov. Bill Richardson, city and county officials and company officers will attend a groundbreaking ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today at the site of the Southwest Cheese Plant at 1141 County Road 4. The Clovis High School drum line also will be present to play for those attending the ceremony. Chamber of Commerce executive [...]