DAWSON (KMHL) – A company planning to turn a shuttered dairy processing facility near Dawson into a plant-based processing facility will receive a major grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The grant, which comes from the organization’s Job Creation Fund awards $1.8 million to Puris Proteins of Dawson.

It was one of five companies to receive a grant from DEED.

“I congratulate these five businesses on their awards,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “These awards will create hundreds of new jobs and will help Minnesota remain a competitive place for businesses to grow.”

The company previously announced that it would invest money into the plant to create 75 jobs in the community. According to the press release from DEED, the jobs will pay a wage of $24.77 an hour for the next two years.

It was one of five companies around the state to receive a grant from DEED yesterday. The others include Blaettner Energy in Avon, RMS Company in Coon Rapids, Fox Valley Metrology, in Stacy and PeopleNet Communications Corporation in Minnetonka.

Of the grants awarded by DEED, Puris’ was the largest. In all, DEED awarded $3.6 million from it’s Job Creation Fund for the grants.