Corn milling firm LifeLine Foods recently held a ribbon cutting event on Tuesday to mark the completion of a $12 million expansion project at its St. Joseph, MO production plant, the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce announced in a release.
The company added a second corn masa flour mill during the project, investing $6.5 million in new machinery and equipment and $5.5 million in improvements to the existing structure.
“LifeLine could have put the mill in another location, but the proximity to corn growers and St. Joseph’s transportation assets helped make the decision to grow in St. Joseph,” the chamber’s release said.
13 new jobs were created as a result of the expansion.
Plans for the new corn mill were first announced in July 2019, Powder & Bulk Solids reported. A range of local incentives and assistance from the Missouri Works program were offered to encourage LifeLine to invest in the site.
Corn masa flour is used to produce a variety of Mexican food products, including tortillas, tamales, and taco shells.