April 17th, 2014
Dawson, MN. Bluegrass Proteins, Inc. finalized its acquisition of the Dawson plant from AMPI on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. CEO Billy Joe Williams says the company plans to start production in the Dawson plant immediately. Bluegrass Dairy & Foods currently has two plants in Kentucky and with the expansion into Minnesota they will add whey proteins and permeates to its existing portfolio of value-added ingredients.
Bluegrass Proteins, Inc is currently in the process of hiring its initial staff at the Dawson site. Those interested in applying should contact the Minnesota Workforce Center to be considered. Total staff is expected to reach 55-60 when the site improvements are completed. The company will be immediately starting site improvements which will include adding ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and agglomeration equipment.
Billy Joe Williams says “We plan to make about 100,000 pounds of different powders per day when we are up to capacity. We intend to export quite a bit of it, but we will also be selling domestically. We will be making whey protein concentrate from 34% all the way up to 80%.”
“We’re very excited about getting into the Dawson community. We like the community and are fond of the people. We look to have a long-term venture there.”
April 15th, 2014
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April 5th, 2014
Rebecca Davis at the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:30 p.m.
- $10 Adults
- $5 Students
April 4th, 2014
We are pleased to share info from the Minneapolis Star Tribune on one of our own…
The state of Minnesota approved its first five grants worth $2.27 million to manufacturers as part of the new, $24 million Job Creation Fund. The fund hopes to attract scores of companies to Minnesota and to encourage firms here to stay and expand in the state. …
Kentucky-based Bluegrass Proteins will bring 56 jobs to Dawson, a Lac qui Parle County community near the South Dakota border. Bluegrass plans to invest $18.2 million to buy and retrofit the Associated Milk Producers’ raw milk plant, which was shut down about a year ago, displacing more than 100 workers.
News of the grant thrilled county and company officials, said county economic development director Pamela Lehmann. The creation of “56 jobs is very critical to what is going on here, and we are very excited that [Bluegrass] will becoming to our community,” she said.
The entire county’s population is just 7,000 people, “so 56 jobs will have a huge impact,” she said, noting that the new hires will include maintenance and line workers, managers and lab staff. Renovation of the old milk plant will begin as soon as financing is secured in the next few weeks.