One of Cloverland's biggest annual expenses is water and cleaning. The plant's steel pipes and tanks, sprawling across several acres, have to be cleaned and sanitized about every 24 hours. The plant uses millions of gallons of water a year and, because of high wastewater cleanup charges from the city, built its own wastewater treatment facility a few years ago, for $1.9 million.
"Everything has to be documented," Kennedy said. "If you clean something, you have to document it."
In the bottling area, heavy steel equipment can fill bottles with milk at a pace of 110 gallons per minute, Kennedy said.