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Kansas Dairy Ingredients to invest $45 million in Hugton expansion, create 40 new jobs

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Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 3:22 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Kansas Dairy Ingredients (KDI) Cheese Company will expand its operations in Southwest Kansas, creating 40 new jobs and investing $45 million new business dollars in the Hugoton community, Governor Laura Kelly announced Wednesday.

The facility will produce American-style, Italian-style, Hispanic-style Cheese and European-style cheese and butter. This expansion is said to be environmentally conscious, with the company committed to increased investment in water reclamation and eco-friendly construction practices.

The company said a major factor in its decision to expand in Hugoton was the high-quality local milk supply.

“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,” said Tim Gomez, CEO of KDI Cheese Company. “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.”

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