Gov. Greg Abbott will join local leaders and economic development officials on Friday to announce plans for a new 850,000 square foot mozzarella cheese and nutrition manufacturing facility in East Lubbock County.
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The project is being touted by the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance as the largest single private capital investment in Lubbock’s history.

Leprino Foods is proposing the construction ofthe new manufacturing plant that would process an estimated 8 million pounds of milk per day, according to documents obtained through the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

The large volume of milk required for an operation of this size will be supplied by local dairy farmers, according to the proposal from Leprino.

“It is anticipated that the suite of products made in the plant would be Mozzarella and Nutrition Products,” state the documents. “The finished products will be distributed throughout the United States and internationally to satisfy Leprino’s customers globally. Within the facility would be Leprino Foods proprietary cheese making equipment, as well as large scale whey nutrition processing systems.”

The facility will be located on land Leprino is purchasing from Roosevelt ISD east of the Loop 289 and to the North 19th Street. It is anticipated that construction would begin in Summer of 2022 with commercial operations commencing in January 2025.

Abbott’s office on Thursday confirmed the governor will hold a news conference regarding the economic development announcement Friday afternoon at the FiberMax Center for Discovery Plains Cotton Room Growers Conference Center.

The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance had previously announced the news conference, but officials have declined to provide additional details about the nature of the investment until the announcement.

Regional small, organic dairy farm industry had been rocked by Horizon Organic nonrenewal.

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