T-Shirts and Milk to Bring Close to 150 New Jobs to Northern Nevada

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

RENO, Nev. (AP) - An East Coast T-shirt manufacturer says it plans to open an operation Reno.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Virginia-based CustomInk will bring 75 to 100 new jobs to the area.

The Reno site will cover 25,000 square-feet and include customer
service, pre-production services, logistics and production.

The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Tysons
Corner, Va., just outside Washington, D.C.

Reno will be the company's first location in the West.

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FALLON, Nev. (AP) - Plans for a powdered milk processing plant
in Fallon that would create 44 full-time jobs and hundreds of
indirect jobs have moved a giant step closer to reality.

Quail Hollow LLC, a subsidiary of Dairy Farmers of America, on
Thursday closed an agreement with the city of Fallon to buy 31.5
acres in the city's New River Business Park for the facility.

Construction of the facility is tentatively scheduled to begin
in May and be completed by the summer of 2013, Fallon's Lahontan
Valley News reported (http://bit.ly/yVS4Gp ). The 150-square-foot
facility is expected to cost about $70 million.

The plant will pay an average wage of $20.07 an hour, and
generate an annual payroll of $1.8 million, according to local
officials. The facility also will provide a significant boost to
dairy farmers in the region.

Eric Grimes, executive director of the Churchill Economic
Development Authority, said the plant would have a "massive impact
on the county and the region."

"Just the size of the dairy herds is going to have to double,"
he said. "The economic impact of that alone is $25 million. ...
This project itself is something that I would say is a once in a
lifetime opportunity."

Kansas City, Mo.-based Dairy Farmers of America is a
farmer-owned cooperative focused on securing markets. It owns more
than two dozen dairy-products plants.

Fallon Mayor Ken Tedford Jr. said the plant would benefit the
entire region, including Washoe, Lyon and Pershing counties.

"I think it's a good thing. It's a huge project," he said.

Glenn Wallace, chief operating officer for Dairy Farms of
America's Ingredients Division, said two million pounds of milk
will be processed a day into whole milk powder for worldwide
distribution. The facility will operate around the clock seven days
a week.

"Quality is going to be the most important thing we can do,"
he said. "There's no way we can be successful without producing an
extremely high quality product."

Churchill commissioners voted to approve a tax abatement request
for the project. If approved by the Nevada Commission on Economic
Development, the abatement would result in forgoing sales and use
tax, 50 percent of personal property taxes for 10 years and 50
percent of the modified business tax for four years. The total
abatement is estimated at $6.1 million.

Quail Hollow purchased the 31.5 acres in the business park for
$25,000 per acre, the Lahontan Valley News reported.


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