On Dec. 29 a small fire broke out at the Hilmar Cheese plant in Hilmar, Calif. The company issued a statement as follows:
HIlmar Cheese Company, Inc. Appreciates the quick response of employees and local first responders who contained a small fire on Saturday, December 29, 2018 about noon. The fire was on the roof of a minor manufacturing area adjacent to the visitor center. The area and visitor center were safely evacuated. There were no injuries. The visitor center reopened within 90 minutes. The operation of one of our plants was suspended, all others continued.