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LifeLine Invests $12M to Open New Corn Mill in Missouri

July 3, 2019
A view of a LifeLine Foods production plant in St. Joseph, MO. Image courtesy of Google Maps
A view of a LifeLine Foods production plant in St. Joseph, MO. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Dry corn milling and food ingredient manufacturing firm LifeLine Foods plans to open a second dry corn milling facility in St. Joseph, MO this year in a bid to boost the firm’s capacity for corn masa flour, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced in a June 28 release. 

Corn masa flour is used to produce a variety of Mexican food products, including tortillas, tamales, and taco shells. 

“Our business continues to evolve and grow as consumer demands change,” the chief executive officer of LifeLine, Kevin Kelly, said in a statement. “Adding nearly 10% more jobs and $12 million in capital improvements to our facility will help us meet the demand for our products thanks to incentives like these.”

The company will invest $5.5 million to renovate an existing structure and $6.5 million toward new equipment. A range of local incentives and assistance from the Missouri Works program were offered to encourage LifeLine to invest in the site, according to the state agency. 

13 new jobs will be created as a result of the opening of the new corn mill. LifeLine currently operates a 750,000-sq-ft manufacturing plant in St. Joseph. 

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