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Dawson, Minn., receives $1.2 million grant today for industrial park project

DAWSON - The city of Dawson got a big shot in the arm today when it was awarded a $1.2 million federal grant that will be used to expand its industrial park.

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as state and local officials, were at the Dawson City Hall this morning to present the Economic Development Administration grant during a congratulatory visit and tour.

The city had been working on the grant application for two years and was notified late last week they'd been awarded the grant.

The money will be used to complete a $2.4 million industrial park expansion project that will accommodate the growth of the Noah's Ark meat processing facility.

The company will retain at least 35 to 40 jobs at the plant, and create at least 15 to 20 new jobs, according to a press release.

The EDA grant complements an earlier award provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, which provided Dawson a $500,000 Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure grant to make street improvements and add a pre-treatment wastewater facility to the industrial park.

The City of Dawson will be contributing $700,000 to the project.

"We are pleased to partner with the Economic Development Administration and the city of Dawson on this important investment," said DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips. "Projects like this provide important opportunities for growth and job creation, especially in greater Minnesota."