Plans for Mid-Michigan dairy plant announced

Covering 146-acres, a new $510 million dairy processing complex is planned for Clinton County. The two-part development will be located in St. Johns, about 25-miles north of Lansing. Construction is expected to take two-years to complete. Nearly 300 jobs are expected to be created by the project. Once complete, the processing plant will be the largest dairy complex in Michigan and one of the largest in the country. According to the Michigan Economic Development corporation, historically low milk prices as well as increasing transportation costs to ship milk outside the state have been detrimental to Michigan dairy producers. The new facility would primarily produce cheese and is a partnership between Glanbia Nutritionals, Dairy Farmers of America, Select Milk Producers and Proliant Dairy Ingredients.