Hilmar Cheese Company SignHome of Hilmar Cheese and the largest cheese manufacturing facility in the world, Hilmar is a fast-growing region of Merced County. Its North County location is very attractive due to its proximity to the Bay Area and markets in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. A town rich in agricultural history, the community enjoys the economic benefits of being close to both the CA99 Corridor and the I-5 Corridor. Hilmar has a quaint small town feel and great transportation access to the Bay Area and points north, and has been growing very quickly with new residential development. Its combined high quality of life is enabled by its location, strong local economy and growing resident base.