Cass City to receive dairy manufacturing plant, add 25 jobs
LANSING— Dairy Farmers of America,a national milk marketing cooperative, plans to build and equip a new dairy manufacturing plant at a site in the Village of Cass City, investing $40 million and creating 25 jobs, said state Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville.
As a result, the company has been awarded a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant and $300,000 from the Michigan Development Economic Corporation funds.
In 2011, Green sponsored Public Act 22 which amended the Michigan Strategic Fund Act and expand the definition of “Competitive Edge Technology” to include information and agricultural processing technology. The measure also adds a significant “catch-all” provision to include any other innovative technology. Without this legislation, Cass City could not have been awarded this grant.
“Cass City is home to some of the hardest-working people I know, and this is great news for the community,” said Green, R-Mayville. “I would like to thank the Dairy Farmers of America for selecting Cass City for the plant, and I look forward to working with them in the future.”
Once fully functional, the facility will be able to process up to 3 million pounds of milk per day.
“Ground has already been broken project and I look forward to when they are up and running and can’t wait to see what future expansions come from this project,” added Green.
The Cass City wastewater treatment facility also received a $1 million grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund that will allow for necessary upgrades so the plant can fully function.