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New Dairy and Cheese Plant to Break Ground in Hugoton, Kansas

Kansas Dairy Ingredients plans to invest more than $20 to construct a dairy ingredient and cheese plant in Hugoton, Kansas, creating an estimated 60 jobs.

"We want to thank the great people of western Kansas, Governor Brownback, and his state team in Topeka for their support and interest. We also want to thank Springfield, Missouri-based banks that made this possible, Great Southern Bank and Springfield First Community Bank," said Brent Davis, CEO, Kansas Dairy Ingredients.

"When the facility first opens, Kansas Dairy Ingredients plans to begin processing approximately 1 million pounds of milk per day to produce fractionated dairy ingredients. As production builds, the company anticipates eventually processing up to 2.5 million pounds of milk per day by the end of 2013. The company plans to build additional capacity to produce cheese and other dry milk ingredients," he said.

Construction of the plant is expected to create about 150 temporary jobs. Details of any incentive package were not immediately available, although Kansas offers qualified firms tax incentives to relocate and expand in its urban and rural areas.

"We are very excited to announce this project in Hugoton, Kansas," said Tim Gomez, chief operating officer, Kansas Dairy Ingredients.

"I want to welcome Kansas Dairy Ingredients to southwest Kansas," said Gov. Sam Brownback. "This project will create good-paying jobs for Stevens County and has the potential to spur significant, additional job creation in the future." "This is exciting news for Hugoton and the entire region," said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. "Kansas Dairy Ingredients has made a commitment to southwest Kansas with quality jobs and the prospect of additional, long-term growth. This is a great boost to the dairy industry in Kansas."

"We are extremely excited to have this new processing plant coming to our county," said Stevens County Economic Development Director Neal Gillespie. "It will provide good jobs, diversify our economy and add to our tax base. We have long believed that the dairy industry is a perfect fit for western Kansas. A processing plant will be a catalyst for the continued growth of this industry that is so beneficial to our local economies."

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