The project will create more than 500 new jobs in the city of around 125,000, and represents almost $185m in capital investment. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of $3m has been extended to Great Lakes Cheese, which manufactures and packages natural and processed bulk, shredded, and sliced cheeses.
“Creating 500 new job opportunities and introducing a large capital investment to the area, I am thrilled to welcome Great Lakes Company to House District 71,” said Representative Stan Lambert.
Jack Rich, board chair of the Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA) said an economic impact study commissioned by the DCOA predicted a $1.3bn impact over the next 10-years.
“I am proud of the efforts of the DCOA led by Misty Mayo, the City of Abilene, and many others for this effort. Additionally, I'd like to thank Governor Greg Abbott and his staff, as well as Speaker Dade Phelan, for the TEF Grant and their continued efforts in ensuring that Texas remains a business friendly state."
“This is the biggest opportunity recruited to the city of Abilene in the last 30 years and is the perfect example of what strategic economic development should be. This successful partnership with Great Lakes Cheese will benefit Abilene and the state of Texas by generating opportunities for decades to come,” said Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, "Great Lakes Cheese joins the ranks of thousands of companies that have chosen to invest in the Lone Star State. Our model of low taxes, reasonable regulations, and incredible workforce continue to attract investments that keep Texas the best state for business."