A Wisconsin-based cheese processor and packager announced last week it has chosen Maryland as the site for an additional production facility--which would provide up to 500 new jobs for the area.

The privately owned Schreiber Foods of Green Bay, Wis., is the second cheese company to announce a move to Maryland in recent weeks.

Schreiber Foods, which sells private label brands of cheeses to major grocery and fast food chains throughout the nation, said it plans to break ground next year for a new production and distribution facility at Westminster's Air Business Center.

The 500 jobs provided by the new facility would bring the local economy an estimated $5 million a year, said Jerry McDonald, Maryland's assistant secretary of the division of economic development.

Less than two weeks ago the Clearfield Cheese Co. of Pennsylvania, the second largest processor of retail cheese behind Kraft, announced it was relocating its corporate headquarters to Baltimore.

To attract Schreiber to Carroll County, state, local and federal officials put together a $3.4 million financial package, which a Schreiber official in Green Bay said was the major factor in its decision to move here.

The move, however, still is contingent upon negotiation with state and local governments about building permits, and negotiations with distributors and suppliers, said Mel K. Buckmaster, Schreiber's production planning manager.