Fallon, NV - It's going to bring a big boost to Churchill County. On Wednesday, officials broke ground for a state-of-the-art dairy production facility.
The plant will be located at Fallon's New River Business Park. The Dairy Farmers of America's greenfield dairy manufacturing facility will be the first of its kind in the industry, with the ability to produce dried dairy ingredients, such as whole milk powder, on a demand basis.
"We've been working on this for quite a while," said Bob Shriver, economic consultant for the City of Fallon.
The facility will mean jobs. Initially, the plant will need to hire about 45 full-time workers at the plant.
"They're paying at least $20 an hour, so that's good. They'll be spending that in this community, so that's important," said Shriver.
This is a community that could use a boost like this. And Glenn Wallace with Dairy Farmers of America says it could not have picked a better place to break ground and build up.
"Why here? Fallon, Nevada, and Churchill County are very supportive of their agriculture community and they're very business-friendly. And this is a good opportunity for us to put a facility in a place that we can be successful in," said Wallace.
Construction on the facility will start this summer. It's expected to be fully operational by the summer of 2013.
"A plant of this size doesn't come along often and its impact will be felt for years to come," said Shriver.