Ken Carlson

Gustine courts dairy products company from China

A dairy products company from China has an active interest in an industrial property in the small city of Gustine on the West Side, just south of the Stanislaus County line.

In a closed session March 3, the Gustine City Council discussed the price and terms of selling right of way on Second Avenue to Feihe International. The company, based in Beijing, is a producer of infant formula, milk powder, soybean, rice cereal and walnut products, its website says.

Efforts to reach Feihe for details on its plans in Gustine were not successful.

Feihe has production facilities and a distribution network including more than 105,000 retail outlets in China. The company formerly was named American Dairy Inc. but adopted its current name in 2010 to better reflect “our renowned Feihe brand and our exclusive focus on the Chinese consumer market,” company Chairman Leng You Bin said at the time.

The site at 240 North Ave. in Gustine is the former location of an abandoned creamery plant that burned in February 2014. The plant’s former operators included Land O’ Lakes and Beatrice Foods.

The City Council reported no action after the closed session.

ENDING CAMPUS VIOLENCE – A dozen local agencies will have information tables and share volunteer opportunities at a Modesto forum next week on campus violence.

People can learn about social services and how they can donate their time to agencies including the Center for Human Services, the Children’s Crisis Center, Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Creative Alternatives, Stanislaus Family Justice Center, Friends Outside, Haven Women’s Center, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, Parent Resource Center, Without Permission and the Stanislaus Office of Education preventions department.

The forum and information fair, called “Ending the Culture of Violence on School and College Campuses,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St.

A panel of experts will discuss the root causes of tragedies such as the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut and the slayings near University of California at Santa Barbara in May. The panel members will be Sheriff Adam Christianson, Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon, University of the Pacific Vice President Patrick Day, Oakdale police Chief Lester Jenkins, Family Justice Center Director Tom Ciccarelli and county behavioral health director Madelyn Schlaepfer.

The speakers will discuss the premise that problems with crime, high school dropout rates, sexual assault, substance abuse and the breakdown of the family contribute to a culture of violence.

The free event is sponsored by the county Office of Education and coordinated by local chapters of the American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at or (209) 578-2321.