Lubbock, TX

Governor Abbott is in Lubbock to Announce an Investment Close to $1 Billion

Tom Handy
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott visits Lubbock, Texas today to announce a new investment initiative to help the city. Joining Governor Abbott is Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope, County Judge Curtis Parrish, Councilwoman Shelia Patterson-Harris, and other local leaders in the Plains Cotton Growers Conference Center in the 1100 block of Canyon Lake Drive.

This announcement will be streamed live on Facebook and online on October 1, at 1:30 pm Friday afternoon.

An application to the Texas Comptroller’s Office submitted on June 1 provided details on this deal.

At the time of the application, the estimated capital investment was $859,173,321.00.

Lubbock advisory firm LEDA (the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance) described this as “the largest single private capital investment in Lubbock’s history.”

The application included tax breaks in a reinvestment zone. Various salaries were listed in the application by category ranging from $40,000 to $45,000 for qualifying jobs. The average income for an individual in Lubbock is $24,168 a year.

The commitment in the application is 300 or more jobs for the duration of the reinvestment zone tax breaks.

Leprino Foods is the world’s largest manufacturer of mozzarella cheese and nutrition plans to open a manufacturing facility in East Lubbock County.

The application from Roosevelt ISD and Leprino Foods said, “Leprino Foods is proposing the construction of a new 850,000 square foot mozzarella cheese and nutrition manufacturing facility.”
It continued, “The new manufacturing plant would process an estimated 8 million pounds of milk per day. Local dairy farmers will supply the large volume of milk required for an operation of this size. It is anticipated that the suite of products made in the plant would be Mozzarella and Nutrition Products. They will distribute the finished products throughout the United States and internationally to satisfy Leprino’s customers globally.”
“If approved, the site would be constructed east of the 289 Loop Road and to the North 19th Street. It is anticipated that construction would begin in Summer of 2022 with commercial operations commencing in January 2025.”

The plant is expected to process 8 million pounds of milk per day. Leprino does not have any manufacturing plants in Texas but is located worldwide. In the United States, Leprino is located in eight states with the closest one in Roswell, New Mexico. Worldwide, the company has operations in Brazil, Northern Ireland, and Whales.

Catch the live update this afternoon at 1:30 pm from Governor Abbott.

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