Dairy plant in the works for Laurel County

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A dairy processing plant planned for southeastern Kentucky intends to develop a low-calorie, lactose-free skim milk produced from Kentucky cows.

Kentucky Dairy Product Innovations will open its plant in Laurel County where it has a lease-purchase agreement to acquire a 12,000-square-foot facility. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the company plans to hire up to 20 workers and invest nearly $4 million into the project.

The company expects to be operational by the end of the year.

Beshear's office says the company's initial customer will be Fizza, which is also based in London, Kentucky. It produces a sparkling dairy nutrient beverage approved for sale at middle and high schools. The beverage is being co-packed by Prairie Farms Dairy of Somerset.

The state has approved tax incentives of up to $200,000 for the project.

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