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Oil and gas region welcomes new dairy plant

Published on -8/17/2012, 10:08 AM

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HUGOTON, Kan. (AP) -- A southwest Kansas county that has long made its living from the oil and gas industry is welcoming a new dairy processing plant.

Gov. Sam Brownback joined Stevens County officials Thursday to break ground for Kansas Dairy Ingredients, a cheese and processing plant near Hugoton.

The $20 million plant is expected to bring 60 new jobs to the county.

The Garden City Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/N8BUKq) county officials say the plant is also important because it diversifies the county's economy and adds to the tax base.

The governor said he expects more cheese and processing plants to come to southwest Kansas, as the dairy industry expands in the region.

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