Canyon residents will have more job opportunities in the coming months after a powdered milk plant breaks ground.
Lone Star Milk Producers broke ground in Canyon for a processing plant to take area milk, turn it into powder and ship it across the country and world.
With the plant will come about sixty new jobs for panhandle residents and provide more agricultural work for the area.
“It brings us back to our roots of agriculture, that’s what this area was all about and continues to be and so that is a great investment that we are having here today,” said Quinn Alexander, the Mayor of Canyon.
City officials hope the new jobs will help bring more people to Canyon and in turn boost the economy with more taxes and more new businesses moving in.
We want our young people to come back to Canyon and raise their families. Of course one of the reasons why they can’t come back is because the job market is just not here an so we hope that this will help us retain our young people here in Canyon,” said Evelyn Ecker with the Economic Development Corporation of Canyon.
Along with being a big move for Canyon, Lone Star Milk Producer Jim Baird says it will benefit his company and the industry.
“Most our milk is located in close proximities to this area and it costs a lot of money to haul milk a long ways to other markets so this saves our dairymen a whole lot of freight,” said Jim Baird.
The process of building the plant will begin soon.
Officials say they will begin hiring for plant positions in about nine months.