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Kansas Dairy Ingredients Expands Hugoton, Kansas, Operations

Kansas Dairy Ingredients Cheese Company will invest $45 million to expand its operations with plans to create 40 jobs in Hugoton, Kansas.

The expansion project will include production of American-style, Italian-style, Hispanic-style Cheese and European-style cheese and butter.

“We are very excited to announce our expansion in Kansas and appreciate the collaboration of our local Hugoton leadership for their continued support,” Tim Gomez, CEO of KDI Cheese Company, said. “The State of Kansas, our industry partners and KDI team associates made this possible. The local dairy community has invested greatly into Kansas for many years, and they have supported KDI since day one. We now have an opportunity to give that support back by providing a secure, long-term home for their milk.”

According to the company, a major factor in the decision to expand in Hugoton was the high-quality local milk supply. The expansion will be environmentally conscious, with KDI committed to increased investment in water reclamation and eco-friendly construction practices.

“Our investment of $45 million and creation of 40 new jobs in Hugoton is exciting for all of us. We started construction in December of 2020 and are on target to receive milk in October of 2021. We have already added several positions to facilitate our training, thus minimizing the commissioning time once construction is complete,” Gomez added.

Including this new investment, Kansas has seen more than $2 billion in new capital investment so far in 2021, with nearly $6 billion in new investment brought to the state since 2019.

“Western Kansas is booming with new agribusiness and food manufacturing investments,” Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. “KDI is seizing an incredible opportunity, there’s never been a better time to grow in Kansas. We’re so grateful for their decision to invest even more in Hugoton and in our state, and we will continue to be the strongest possible partner to exceptional agribusinesses like KDI.”

Privately owned and established in 2012, Kansas Dairy Ingredients is a world leader in manufacturing concentrated milk products.

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