Clinton County/North Metro Development
St. John is getting a massive dairy processing plant. This is a huge deal for such a small town, and really the metro as a whole given the size of this facility.
ST. JOHNS — One of the largest dairy processing operations in the country is expected to open in St. Johns by 2020 creating nearly 300 jobs, state and local officials announced Thursday.
The $555 million project will sit on 146 acres in St. Johns, a portion of which was land that previously belonged to Bingham Township.
“This is a huge deal not only for the region but for the state overall,” said Jeff Mason, the director of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
The project will have "a profound impact" on St. Johns and the agriculture development in the state for decades, said Bob Trezise, the president and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership. LEAP, a regional economic development agency that works in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties, first started working on the project three years ago.
The project will be built on 146 acres in the St. Johns industrial park. Bingham Township transferred 55 acres of that land into St. Johns through a conditional land transfer agreement as part of the project. The project will break ground this fall, and construction should ramp up next spring. When complete, the plant is projected to process 8 million pounds of milk per day and produce 300 million pounds of cheese a year, Dardis said.
It will be in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Trezise said. Glanbia will build as part of the project a wastewater treatment plant to handle waste not used by Proliant.
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