Texas milk producer plans to build new plant in Canyon

Published: Jul. 1, 2014 at 2:44 AM CDT
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Canyon, TX - A Texas milk producer is bringing their business to Canyon soon.

Lone Star Milk Producers, Inc. recently agreed to build a dairy plant in the west side of Canyon off Highway 60. This October, the vacant field next to the Randall County AgriLife Extension will be transformed into a dairy plant, creating 60 new jobs. Those 60 jobs will have a payroll totaling more than 3.5 million dollars.

"Most of the jobs are considered skilled jobs, so we're extremely excited about this," said Canyon EDC President Randy Croslin. "I think the lowest paying job is probably in the 40 to 45,000 dollar range from there on up to the executives."

As a city often overlooked by large industrial companies, Croslin said this is a big win. "It's a huge deal. We don't have a tremendous amount of industry in Canyon, and with this plant the estimated cost of construction is $50 million."

But the dairy plant isn't just bringing in new jobs, it will also bring in free water. "About 85 percent of the milk they process is water. And they draw all that water out of that milk and they will be giving about 90,000 gallons of water per day back to the City of Canyon," said Croslin.

The city plans to use the recycled water to irrigate soccer fields, baseball fields and parks. "So that's also a very good part of it," added Croslin. "It's a very clean industry. That water is what is called potable water, which means it's clean."

Lone Star Milk Producers expect the plant to be open by the end of 2015.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10