Treehouse Almonds, one of Tulare County’s almond producers, is expanding its operation. It has been expanding its processing, packaging and storage facility in Earlimart. The company sells a full range of roasted and manufactured almonds, including blanched whole, sliced, and diced almonds; almond meal, almond butter and natural whole almonds. The almonds are hulled and shelled in its plant near Delano. This raw product is then trucked to the Earlimart site for processing.
The Earlimart facility employs about 124 people, working in two shifts. The proposed expansion will occur in eight phases and will involve the construction of 255,004 additional square feet of structures, including 223,609 square feet of buildings and 31,395 square feet of canopies. The project would only increase the plant’s employee by approximately 8-12 employees due to automation.
The processing facility produces about 94 million pounds of raw almond products per year, which will not be increased by the expansion. Almonds are stored on-site and sold wholesale. No goods will be sold on-site. Almond skins are sold for cattle feed. Water usage will remain at 15,600,000 gallons per year.
Tulare County comprises about 3.5% of California’s almond crop with the state representing about 80% of the world’s almond supply, according to the Almond Board of California. The largest almond producing counties are Fresno and Kern, which each make up a fifth of the state’s supply. Almonds are a $5 billion industry in California.