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Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo recently delivered a $99,000 check to officials in Burley to help the city buy a well, water tower and water rights at a former fresh-pack potato plant west of town that will house operations for towable builder Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.
The Twin Falls Times-News reported that the funds came from a rural development grant that was awarded to the city after Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen announced plans to buy the former Max Herboldt plant and bring a branch of its travel trailer manufacturing business to Burley.
The grant also will help other small businesses move to the area.
Additional money is coming from Idaho Department of Commerce and Labor, which has worked closely city leaders to bring together the resources to make this project successful, Crapo said.
“Partnerships like this are a win-win situation for everyone,” said Crapo, as he presented the check to Burley Mayor Jon Anderson.
Dutchmen said it is expecting to have the 145,000-square-foot plant operating this fall, which will initially build several of the company’s stick-and-tin products and employ around 80 workers.